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Samantha Harlow

Deli Best of Nashville 2012 - Submission Results!

The results are in from the Open Submissions stage for our Nashville Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other scenes and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors very soon. 

We would like to thank all of the talented artists who submitted. It was our largest Open Submissions pool yet, and certainly a testament to how many rad acts we have in Nashville.
Qualified to the final phase of the Best of Nashville Poll:
Honorable Mentions (score above 7)
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead (Alt Country), Angel Snow (Indie Folk), Digital Jihad (Electronic), Greg Owens and the Whiskey Weather (Bluegrass), Lauren Rantala (Lounge Pop), Lines In the Sky (Prog Rock), Samantha Harlow (Country), The JAG (Psych Rock), The Last Royals (Indie Pop).
Jurors: Gracie Gutman (Deli SF), Ben Toledo (Deli Portland) Paolo De Gregorio (Deli NYC). 
The Deli's Staff

Take A Passion-Fueled Journey With Samantha Harlow’s “Love Letters”

Released in early October 2012, Samantha Harlow’s record Love Letters is a charming and easily relatable addition to the Nashville local charts. Produced by acclaimed guitarist Kenny Vaughan, the album holds tremendous promise even upon first glance.

Harlow’s fusion of Americana, honky tonk and classic country sounds makes for a very memorable listening experience. Her sound is reminiscent of indie rock icons Iron and Wine as well as the calm, intimacy of Band of Horses’ first record, Cease to Begin. Her musical influences can be traced across multiple genres, from country similarities to that of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty to Americana legends the Avett Brothers.

Opening track “Trouble Fades” intrigues the listener to continue on with strong imagery and a message straight from the heart. Harlow’s voice is quiet and comforting, like a familiar friend or a soft inner-monologue. She saves the most powerful ballads and honest lyrics for the middle of the journey through Love Letters. In the track “Lay Me Down,” Harlow pleads to “Love me just once like you love her all the time.” The album regains a steady heartbeat with the hand drums in “Marie,” providing life and energy for the remaining tracks.

Closing tracks “Fairy Tale” (with electric guitar work reminiscent to that of rockabilly royalty Chris Isaak) and “Telephone Call” end the record with a strange sense of optimism and that everything will one day be right. By the end of the album, the listener is left with his or her own quiet personal revelation.

Love Letters is the perfect record to choose on the dusty jukebox at the local honky tonk or as an understanding companion to a melancholy night in with a bottle.

Samantha Harlow is currently touring New England with Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons and recently opened for Lisa Marie Presley at the Exit/In. Look for her on tour in 2013 with Andrew Leahey, Elli Perry, and more. –Courtney Foster


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