It’s fitting in some ways that singer/songwriter Tristen is based in Nashville, home of some of the best, most successful songwriters in the world. But it’s also a little ill-fitting, as Tristen’s transcendent “neo-traditionalist” Pop, while crafty and highly effective, lacks the pandering and concession of those writers desperately looking to concoct the next big Country radio hit. There are rootsy underpinnings, but it’s the rich, timeless hooks that’ll grab your ear and never let go.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Jill Sobule. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ "The 28-year-old born Tristen Gaspadarek is one of the most talented new songwriters in a city full of talented new songwriters. Her addictive debut album, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, is making a splash with its impassioned lyrics and hooky guitar pop that blends country, rockabilly, rock & roll, girl group sounds, and introspective balladry — the result of Tristen's expansive study of pop music. And, just like the LP, her live shows — with a backing band called the Ringers — are rollicking and sharp." (Spin)