Welcome to another new edition of "For The Record." In this edition, we focus on Peggy James’ new album, titled “Nothing In Between.” For those not up to date on their indie artists, Peggy James is an American singer-songwriter. She is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native who spent her “formative years” in the American Southwest.

Peggy James’ music

Her music is obviously impacted by Southwestern influences and her Midwestern roots. Indeed, James’ signature sound is a mélange of multiple music genres, including Americana, bluegrass, country & western, folk-rock, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll.

On this upcoming audio offering, James leads the way with her acoustic guitar and vocals. She is backed by several other artists including producer Jim Eannelli (electric and acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and backing vocals), Victor Span (drums), Connie Grauer (keyboards), and Kim Zick (timbales and drums).

Track by track

The 12-track release opens on “We Had to Meet.” Her balance between intuitive lyrics and acoustic-driven melodies are immediately foreshadowed in this album opener.

“X-Files,” an early favorite of the critics, is next, complete with apt, odd mystical elements.

“An Hour With You” catches the ears of the listener as this gal with a guitar effectively does her thing. The emotional and sincere “Lover” follows and stands as one of the best bits on the disc. The titular track is an honest one that is fast becoming a favorite of both fans and critics alike.

“Muscle Man” has a clever Jamaican/world music tinge to it in a tune about a disappointing relationship with a physically perfect man.

The musical variety continues with “Gotta Have A Love.” The song is highlighted by a dash of Johnny Cash and June Carter to it.

While “In One Ear (And Out the Other)” may not be PC, this song has that country touch to. While country girls marrying bad boy bo-hunks that all too quickly grow unappreciative is nothing new, James makes this one work. It features guest artist Susan Nicholson on the fiddle.

“Ghost” is a pleasant “slow dance” song that includes a noteworthy appearance by guest musician Peter Roller on lap steel guitar.

Her flexible signature sound remains in the heartfelt “Sound of Your Wheels.” There are some beautiful moments, both musical and lyrical, in “Fallen Snow." The album ends on the apropos closing cut “I Wish You Well,” wherein James packs her bags because “it’s time to go.”

For the record

For the record, this new disc further proves what James can do as a singer-songwriter complete with emotive, tuneful tales and vocals that have been rightfully compared to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and even Sarah McLachlan.

So check out Peggy James’ “Nothing In Between,” because you’ll enjoy it . . . even if it does go “In One Ear (And Out the Other).”

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