Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Fri., Aug. 20, 2010
Sahara SmithMyth of the Heart (Playing in Traffic)
Enter one of the most anticipated debuts of recent years, 21-year-old Sahara Smith joining Sarah Jarosz among Wimberley's remarkably talented female musical exports (both are veterans of A Prairie Home Companion). Smith's wise-beyond-her-years lyrics ("Angel," "Train Man," "Mermaid") and tender melodies express a kind of weary innocence that's immensely appealing, attracting the attention of T Bone Burnett, who imbues the title track with the same percussive heartbeat as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand. Myth of the Heart is as auspicious as it is excellent.