Country/Roots/Soul (Lexington, Ky.)
Coralee and the Townies are the chicken wired houseband at the crossroads of weary Country despair, blazing Roots Rock triumph and bone-shivering Soul bliss. While the Townies churn out a brilliantly flexible blend of the pure American musical forms they translate so well, Coralee belts out songs of love, loss and hard won wisdom with a dusky voice crafted out of whiskey, smoke and heartbreak. Last year’s five-song EP is a mere hint of the magnificence of Coralee and the Townies in front of an audience; prepare to water down your beer with salty tears of joy.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Marie’s Country, Donnie’s Rock & Roll and Hank’s boot in both of their asses. (Brian Baker, CityBeat)
~ "Coralee and the Townies are a Lexington, Kentucky based band of a genre they’ve self-defined as Honky Tonk Soul, and it’s a fitting description, as the sextet whoops and weeps with traditional authenticity and contemporary energy, with Coralee’s husky vocals front and center and the Townies providing a righteous, raucous rootenanny soundtrack around her. Something like Lucinda Williams and Tift Merritt on a cross-country drive, singing along to a Hank Williams satellite channel, if you will." (CityBeat)
~ "Coralee's narratives are proud visions of femininity and uncompromising tales of love. She’s assertive, confident, aware, and liberated, lending the band a distinctive guiding voice." (North of Center)
~ With tunes that mixed elements of psychedelia, country and rock embroidered with Coralee's visceral vulnerability and confessional lyrics, the band's sound, which it dubbed 'honky-tonk soul,' ... is finely captured on the band's self-titled EP. Recorded by Duane Lundy at Lexington's Shangri-la Productions in 2010, the five tracks showcase elements of well-worn roadhouse country on 'Don't Touch Me,' adulterous, dusty soul on 'Funny That Way' and a dark, lusty come-on in the closing track, 'Rough and Tumble.'" (Lexington Herald Leader)