Kassi Valazza over in November to promote "Kassi Valazza Knows Nothing"03-07-2023
Kassi Valazza’s new album "Kassi Valazza Knows Nothing" is a spellbinding collection of songs that dangle like protective magic talismans, catching dreams and glinting light. She hypnotizes listeners with a sturdy, yet gentle, voice and painterly songwriting imbued with an independent spirit. Though her music plays country cousin to British folk, calling to mind greats like Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) and Karen Dalton, a Southwestern American streak carves its way through these solemn, sweetly sung melodies like a canyon.
Smile is further proof that the deafening buzz that seems to be gathering around her is fully justified. The latest in a lineage of American country-folk singers that begins on the paths paved by Joan Baez and Judy Collins down through Linda Perhacs and The Ladies from the Canyon before widening out with artists like Melissa Carper and Margo Cilker today, Kassi Valazza’s take on traditional country feels like a gust of fresh air blowing down from her adopted home of Portland, Oregon.
An album of subtly brilliant songs. This is sure to be one of the best country albums of the year, drawing from country and folk tradition to shape something fresh and unique. Instantly beguiling, repeated listens reveal hidden earworms and an intricate world of wistful characters dealing with both stasis and change.