Friday, June 16, 2017
"(Woodsmith is) Unvarnished and intimate (...) but then sounds like she's about to part the Dead Sea"
~The Boston Globe
...Hersch is in the riff zone and never delivers one note for flash and circumstance
The Alternate Root
It was only a matter of time for a project like Say Darling to come togethera band of old friends and road warriors from the New England Roots Rock and Americana scene.
Grammy Nominated singer and songwriter Celia Woodsmith of the acclaimed bluegrass band Della Mae and crtically lauded guitarist Chris Hersch of the Alt. Country Rock band Girls Guns & Glory took the opportunity to form the band they always wanted when both tenures with these international touring acts came to a close.
Country, R&B and Blues may be the backbone of the band, but make no mistake, Woodsmith & Hersch rock out. Powered by Woodsmiths straight-from-the-depths vocalizing and Herschs finger-flying fretwork (and fortified by vintage Hammond organ tones and rhythm-ready drums) this gutsy ensemble embraces its roots yet keeps its feet firmly in the here-and-now.
Blending distinctive original songs with classic tunes that pay homage to a shared musical heritage, Woodsmith & Hersch evoke the funky drive of Little Feat, the moving vocals of Bonnie Raitt and the instrumental prowess of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band while maintaining a firm identity of its own.