Trails - the debut album by the Scottish troubadour and eldest daughter of The Proclaimers' Craig Reid - announces the official arrival of a singular new voice in folk-roots music. It was recorded in Brooklyn with an A-team of players expertly corralled by the album's producer and an artist from fine musical stock of his own, Teddy Thompson.
Reid's songs exude a quiet confidence and sparse authenticity that recalls some of the genre's leading lights such as Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams, but with a tone that belongs to Roseanne and no one else. No wonder, then, that Americana legend Steve Earle has not only adopted Reid as a personal cause, but makes a guest appearance on the album.
Support comes from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Scott.
'Delightfully Scottish and infectiously jolly, Matt Scott's jangly singer songwriter anthem "All Out Of Sorts" is a fun indie-folk song that aurally pays homage to the likes of Springsteen and the Waterboys; except possibly even more Scottish than the latter's Mike Scott'. (Reyt Good Music)