December 18, 2021

Once Great Estate - 'Shelbyville Inn'

Once Great Estate - 'Shelbyville Inn'

With a blast of classic Americana, this song unleashes powerful elements of the genre's traditional sound. With a heavy kick drum that sets the beat, followed by a punchy snare, and then the guitar and banjo, a catchy rhythm is created. The fiddle has its special place in this piece delivering melodic fillers and tunes. Sliding notes give a taste of a pitch-bend effect showing creativity and talent through composition. The vocals are admirable, maintaining an energy that is perfectly suitable for this song. Verses and chorus are bound together well, connected smoothly by transitions of instrumental sections. Small solos on the fiddle are played in the right place adding originality. The music feels live and delightfully unfiltered with minimal digital effects which keep it real and raw sounding. The song almost feels improvised which shows a strong artistic approach. A surprising turn at the end of the song offers more to the listeners than expected.

About Once Great Estate:

Once Great Estate

"Once Great Estate was formed in 2018 when singer/songwriter/guitarist Tracy Horenbein enlisted the help of four fellow multi-instrumentalists to form a band of Southern misfits. Bassist Jeffrey Chagnon, guitarist/mandolin player F. Matthew Burns, fiddle player/guitarist Christopher Ash, and drummer Steve Burke joined soon after. Although two of the members ended up being a Wyoming transplant and a New Yorker, the members’ varied and vast musical backgrounds melted together like butter on grits. They have released an album, an EP, and 5 singles, and they perform regularly around the southeast region. Their releases have received critical acclaim, with one writer describing the band's Americana sound as "cinematic Southern rock". Normally an electrified 5-piece, they occasionally perform quieter acoustic shows in more intimate listing rooms. Amped up or traditional, the heartfelt, thoughtful songwriting and musicianship comes through in each performance. When Horenbein is not performing with Once Great Estate, she is composing ambient music under the moniker Tracy Chow. Her instrumental compositions have been featured in numerous documentaries and independent films, as well as meditation and yoga compilations. She was also featured in The Guardian magazine Folk Album of the Month for May 2021, for her solo singer-songwriter work on the Slow Movement Label’s folk compilation “Future Folk”. She also manages the Neve based recording studio Indianhead Factory in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband."

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