The Duhks were great when they made themselves known in the last decade, with people falling in love with their brand of music, a cross between traditional country and Americana, along with the style, grace, and strength of vocalist Jessee Havey. When she left in order to create music under her own name, it seemed a healthy part of The Duhks’ following left with her, despite the fact she was still making powerful music. After a brief split between one another, Havey rejoined The Duhks and it has lead to their brand new album, Beyond The Blue (Compass).
If anything, the group sound as moving as they’ve always been and hearing how well they sound together, we realize how much we missed them. With tracks like “Banjo Roustabout”, “Suffer No Fools”, and “Black Mountain Lullaby”, we’re also realizing how much we miss hearing songs like this, even if it is the type we enjoy listening to on a regular basis. There was a time when people like Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones could be heard releasing this and having hits but these days, not so much. I think what we enjoy about hearing Havey’s voice is the richness in her tones and the interpretation of the definition of the lyric, whethere there is happiness in the sorrow or a bit of sadness meant to be hidden. Perhaps this is why the album is called Beyond The Blue, as a way to say we must go on and look for something else that is brighter and better, even when it feels as if it doesn’t currently exist. Perhaps this album could be a new hope for everyone who listens to it.