Review – Brianna Lane – The Navigators Club


by Derek Lynch

Brianna Lane is a name you should recognize by now. There’s really no excuse.On her first album since 2007’s Let You In, Lane’s The Navigators Club takes her honest, down-home Americana songwriting and her sultry, soul-train voice to a new level. This is an album that’s been years in the making.

A successful Kickstarter campaign allowed Brianna to explore and realize the true potential of her songs. She collaborated with producer Evan Brubaker (Cake Records) and a team of fellow songwriters including Brad Hoshaw, Brooks West, and Jeremiah Nelson (one of the best folk artists to come out of Wisconsin in the past decade, in my opinion).

The extra time, attention to nuances and detail, and effort put into this album are obvious. Brianna’s backing band is present on every track – a first for her. Her songs have a sense of maturity that hasn’t been as prevalent in previous albums. Of course, she’s not a 20-year-old kid burning the candle on the road anymore.

Brianna has stated that the songs on Navigators Club came about during a transitional period between two relationships. The resulting sound is a mix between introspective and optimistic, with Brianna and her band gliding between gospel-tinged bluegrass and gritty delta blues with little effort.

No matter the track, Brianna Lane and her band are true to American roots music every step of the way. Think Alison Krause and Union Station rather than the Avett Brothers.

Chris Koza and Linnea of Rogue Valley join Brianna Lane for her album release show tonight, May 19th, at Icehouse in Minneapolis. Tickets can be purchased at the following link.

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