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Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. If one was to determine an overreaching definition as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, and songs that speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity, then The Two Tracks, a band based out of Sheridan Wyoming clearly fits the bill. Their recently released album, Postcard Town (self-release, May, 2017) further affirms the promise and determination shown on their eponymous debut, which No Depression described as “creating an instant connection...in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go," and by The Alternate Root as “rural warmth...infusing their tunes with a feel for the open spaces of The West.”
Postcard Town continues this trajectory and confirms, both in songwriting and delivery, that this enticing ensemble has something special to offer. Produced by Will Kimbrough, and recorded at the legendary Butcher Shoppe Studio in Nashville by Grammy winner Sean Sullivan.
No Depression writes: "There is just enough twang in the music to make it country, and just enough rock to make it interesting. Lay the voices of Szewc and Huebner on top and it is a musical banana split of consequence...the harmonies neither too strong nor too light but just right."
The band features Julie Szewc on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Huebner on cello and electric guitar, Fred Serna on drums and percussion, and Taylor Phillips on bass. From rock to country, bluegrass to folk, the music helps define the sound of superbly crafted, fully assertive Americana. Their harmony-rich songs often add cello to a solid groove, creating a unique ambiance that’s all their own. Throw in a journeyman’s attitude and a penchant for affecting storytelling, and here again, The Two Tracks create a sound that typifies a style birthed in the heartland, with all the sentiment and sensitivity that does justice to that timeless sound.
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"Vibrant harmonies and a knack for writing eager, infectious melodies guarantee them an ability to lock on to their listeners without any hesitation whatsoever...The Two Tracks' music serves as a reminder that the ability to tap tradition can pay off with a sound that's still contemporary in its delivery and insightful in its conception."
"There is just enough twang in the music to make it country, and just enough rock to make it interesting. Lay the voices of Szewc and Huebner on top and it is a musical banana split of consequence. You can hear it on the upbeat opener, “Eyes On the Road.” You can hear it on “Four Wheels,” each verse ending with the plaintive “I am alone...,” the harmonies neither too strong nor too light but just right."
"With “Postcard Town,” The Two Tracks reach down into our collective souls with a batch of well-crafted songs that are delivered from a storyteller’s point of view, and the musicianship and harmonies are as sweet as honey in the rock."
"Rootsy folk rockers...They know how to turn it up and they know how to lay out, all in the right measures practically making this a set that's in synch with your own body rhythms. Solid stuff throughout hat's loaded with real music for real, hungry ears. Well done throughout."
- Midwest Record
"It’s clearly a tightly-knit band with comfortable harmonies and a fun approach."
-Americana Music News
“Their eponymous debut album finds them creating an instant connection. Julie Szewc is one of the main reasons why; an effusive vocalist, she turns nearly every song into a moment worth savouring...in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go. The sprightly, spunky “Old Victoria,” the good natured “Bird’s Eye View” and the lively take on the traditional standard “Wayfaring Stranger” finds them accelerating the energy, but even so, there are ample ballads that convey more sobering sentiments as well. Huebner’s cello playing injects an especially poignant element into the proceedings...”
- No Depression
"The Two Tracks record rural warmth into the album as the four-piece, infusing their tunes with a feel for the open spaces of The West...from western breeze rhythms as “Railroading” waits for love’s return, on Folk rambles as “Going Somewhere” reminisces of mountain roads, stepping across percussive patters that take flight on cello strums with “Bird Eye’s View”, and picking up the pace on a stuttered beat as she chases love with “Faded Lovers”."
- The Alternate Root