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David Brewer of the High Country News wrote, “There’s something about good singer-songwriters’ abilities that make you believe they’ve lived their lyrics. The intimate details of their less-than perfect lives wrapped in engaging melodies that help listeners feel they know the artists are a must. Simply put, if you can’t believe them, then they aren’t doing their job. There is something about the unpretentious voice and style of Reagan Boggs that comes through her tales of complicated relationships and memories both fond and forlorn.” She is a storyteller with a voice that can captivate a room.

In 2007, Reagan Boggs released her third solo album Right Now. The songwriter hails from the tiny town of Pound, located in a coal mining community in Southwest Virginia. With roots still firmly planted in those hills, she tells the story of “Clifton Branham,” Appalachian bad man via his own memoirs, and details a woman’s nightmare of strip-miners disrupting the resting dead after a pressured sale of her family’s land in “The Graves.” She pours out her heart through the eyes, ears, and fears of two young children living daily in an abusive home in “Ready to Run;” and again through the reflections of a middle-aged wife who struggles to find happiness in a comfortable, yet empty marriage in “Plastic Flowers.” Right Now is a collection of songs dealing with the light and darkness of everyday reality, composed in descriptive detail.

Boggs recently was featured on Mountain Stage with one of her great influences, Darrell Scott. Others that have directed her style include; Chris Knight, Slaid Cleaves, Loretta Lynn, Bruce Robinson, Julie and Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, Hayes Carll, James McMurtry and Lucinda Williams.

Edited by dogleap on 6 Feb 2010, 02:41

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