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Following Sara Petite Down The Road Less Traveled


By Brian Rock

Sara Petite invites you to follow her on The Road Less Traveled, her fifth studio release.  Sarah is traveling the well-worn road of heartaches and bad breaks in classic Country style. Part Tammy Wynette and part Lucinda Williams, Sara Petite’s earthy, effortless voice brings a modern resonance to traditional Country themes.

In the title track, Sara turns the tables on the familiar, love ‘em and leave ‘em ballads of countless male troubadours singing, “Well you know that I can’t stay for long, a few more days and I’ll be gone. A little kiss goodbye, and down the road I go.” Acoustic guitars and subtle mandolin create the perfect rhythm for this traveling song.

Sara plugs in the band on “It Was Just A Kiss.” Drums and electric guitar create a subtle up swell in tempo that matches the rising passion of the lyrics that begin with, “It was just a kiss” and end up with, “and somehow baby, I wake up in your arms again.” The music and lyrics are passionate and tender and seem to embrace each other as they tell their story.

“Blackbird” has a “Ghost Riders In The Sky” feel with a touch of Herb Alpert Tijuana Brass, as Sara sings, “Blackbird, do you know what I know? That following your heart can lead you down a desperate road.”

Sara turns back the clock to the 1970’s in perfect Tammy Wynette fashion on “Getting Over You.” She also gives a nod to Dolly Parton with the “Coat of Many Colors” inspired “Patchwork Quilt.”

Sara also shows off her Rock and Roll side with the Tom Petty inspired, “Good 2 Be Me” (literally inspired, the song came to her as a dream where she looked in a mirror and saw Tom Petty smiling back at her.) and the anthemic “I Will Rise.”

Like fellow indie-Country darling, Lindi Ortega, Sara Petite’s voice has that perfect blend of grit and grace that’s somehow simultaneously defiant and alluring. Her siren call will definitely lead you down “The Road Less Traveled.”

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Brian Rock

Brian Rock

Brian was raised gypsy style, moving every other year until well after college. As friendships proved to be temporary, Brian found a constant companion in music, wearing the grooves off Beatles and Dylan albums before moving on to Lyle Lovett and Dwight Yokam. Living so often in flux, he has come to value music and lyrics of lasting quality. Not moved by trends or fashion, he is drawn to timeless lyrics and soulful rhythms. Although now settled down, Brian still expresses his gypsy spirit through his writing. He has co-written songs with musician friends he’s met along the way, including several contributions to the 2012 ICMA Album of the Year, Family Album. Brian also writes children’s books and poems, including the Children’s Book Council featured title, The Deductive Detective.
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