Record Review: Jennifer Brantley’s “It’s All Good”

by Dave Carew

Here’s a recipe for a musical treat: Take the echo of Patsy Cline . . . sprinkle it liberally with the ghost of Gram Parsons . . . blend it with a passionate desire to make real-deal Americana music, circa 2014 . . . and you’ve got Jennifer Brantley’s It’s All Good.

Written and recorded in the hip musical gumbo of East Nashville, this album—with its genuine, heartfelt lyrics and close-to-earth production—simply puts to shame 90 percent of the offerings of today’s Music Row. Ms. Brantley doesn’t create music to try to dazzle listeners with pseudo-clever lyrical hooks or put-downs of old boyfriends. She seems to write out of a genuine love of the art and heritage of Americana music . . . and because she feels she has something worthy to contribute. This album proves her absolutely right.

From the opening track “I’m Right Here” (which—if there is a God in heaven—ought to become a staple at Time Jumpers shows . . . Are you listening, Vince?) to the gorgeous country ballad “I’d Rather Have a Lonely Heart” to the poignant ode to loneliness and yearning “Somebody’s Somebody,” this record stands out from front-to-back—largely by revealing what country and Americana music can be at their best. When Jennifer Brantley sings “It’s All Good,” she’s offering a reflective song of gratitude amid struggle. But the phrase could be used to encapsulate this album, too.

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One Response to “Record Review: Jennifer Brantley’s “It’s All Good””

  1. Gram Parsons InterNational Says:

    Jennifer Brantley has always been true to country music and to Nashville. She may be recording with the “hip” East Nashville crowd, but she’s the real deal (she played our first Gram InterNational in 2008 at the Nashville Palace and blew everyone away). Good to hear she’s better than ever. Thanks for the review Underground Nashville. Cheers, Will James, Gram InterNational

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