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“From a public hanging on Music Row to the days when an unknown Jimi Hendrix walked the city’s streets, Granville Automatic is documenting Nashville’s forgotten history in songs.” – USA Today

“Consulting archivists and antique books, the duo created a new album which is an authentic musical account detailing stories from a mastermind who smuggled dynamite into the Tennessee State Prison to how the Ryman Auditorium was saved just as it was about to demolished in the 1970s.” – The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC News, Apple News, et al.

“A reflection on the state of music and music making itself. It’s a gateway to learning more about Nashville’s past, with themes that resonate today.” – The Bitter Southerner

“Best new music. A chart of Nashville’s complicated history.” – American Songwriter

“Best Country Albums of 2018 (#12). A mighty musical document that should probably be in the city’s archives. The songs are full of harmonies which recall Pistol Annies, Wilson Phillips, and Dolly, Linda and Emmylou's Trio.” – Roughstock

“Literate and revealing, the self-produced album is as melodically pleasing as it is intellectually invigorating. Olivarez’s versatile, nearly flawless voice nails a Bonnie Raitt vibe on the breezy tune ‘Black Avenue Gallows’ while her emotive vocals on ‘News of the World’ and ‘Affairs of Honor” match the weighty subject matter tear for tear.” – No Depression

“Imagine more if John Prine were Indiana Jones.” - Surviving the Music Industry

“An ear-opening concept album. Their production skills are as impressive as their performances.” – Robert K. Oermann, MusicRow Magazine

“Nothing less than simply stunning. The music is as powerful as it is purposeful, and the duo’s drive and determination clearly shine through. Calling this an exceptional effort is an understatement.” – Lee Zimmerman, Glide Magazine 

“An ambitious spectacle worthy of the glorious Ryman Auditorium.” – Elmore Magazine

“A gorgeous slice of Americana that takes you on a deep, captivating ride.   – PopMatters

“Granville Automatic finds true inspiration in Nashville history.” – The Tennessean

“The vignettes are colorfully and imaginatively told but I was coming back for more of the melodic and well-produced Radio Hymns even before I started paying attention to the lyrics. Olivarez’s passionate lead vocals are particularly compelling.” – Jeff Burger 

“A damned fine library of story songs. Granville Automatic remind us that deception, drugs, debauchery, murder, adultery, religion and love are all at the heart of country music with their unique brand of emotive country rock.” – Fatea Magazine (UK)

“As beautiful as it is informative, this album should come with a syllabus. Think Decemberists. Olivarez’s voice is exactly what every female country artist tries to sound like but can’t.” - Rob Green

 

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"Haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance." – The Associated Press

"An almost magic transformation of history into modern songwriting. A quiet, intricately researched and captivating effort that haunts long after the first listen. This is storytelling, songwriting and musicianship at its creative best." – No Depression

"Music is one way the stories of the war can be told and re-told, even if many of the battlefields in Atlanta, Nashville and other cities are now buried by neighborhoods and business districts." – The New York Times

"Somewhere between a harvest moon and a soft bed. Gorgeous." – Daytrotter

"A Critics’ Pick. Pristine arrangements with no hint of excess, with pithy and interesting lyrics." – Nashville Scene

"Nashville luminaries who write songs about history and war with heart-wrenching narrative weight." - Flagpole

"A faint echo of past dreams, sweet yet maudlin." – Ink 19

"A shining example of some of the best and brightest women working in Music City today." – Tin Pan South

"Led by a voice like warm honey telling beautiful, nostalgic stories, Granville Automatic captures the timeless spirit and character of the South." – Coachella Valley (CA) Weekly

"Makes history come alive." – Columbia (SC) Free Times

"Think Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris when it comes to the Southern Gothic country tunes from this fine pair of singer/songwriters." - Santa Fe (NM) Reporter

"Narrative arc songs that remind of you when alt-country was just country." – Fine Living Lancaster (PA)

 

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