Letters to Abigail

Kelli Redmond and James Harrell are a strong sound, with clean vocals and timing — a duo that’s solid, down to earth and natural as can be. Kelli has a pretty face and a wide smile that lights up the room; when she sings, it’s sweet yet powerful, sassy. She makes you lean in and listen, waiting to hear if she holds the note or backs off. Even when it’s a cover, she owns it. James Harrell’s voice couldn’t sound more different, strong, straightforward and warm; the balance of the two voices together makes it just right. Once in a while he grins and throws back that long hair. Working 100 gigs a year now, they met seven years ago when Kelli was working at the Back Room in Flat Rock and James came in to play the open mic. Old-fashioned country, old-timey, singer songwriter, bluegrass, folk; it's Americana, played well with mountain charm.   

By Carol Rifkin, Asheville Citizen-Times, Feb. 2, 2017


Letters To Abigail
Say Anything 

As a resident of “Hooterville”, I’ve had the opportunity to closely follow the progress of LTA, the hardest working band from these here parts, in my humble opinion. Like most bands these days, they hate to be pigeonholed (genre-wise), but if you’re into classic Country mixed with Americana/folk and a slight touch of Blues, you just might dig this debut album. As with their live performances, the highlight of Say Anything is the easy, organic nature with which the vocals intertwine. Kelli Redmond and James Harrell have about as different singing voices as any other two people alive, but when they form into a single voice, it seems as natural as church on Sunday. The songs are lovingly and painstakingly crafted. I know for a fact that they spent years refining them, and all that blood, sweat and tears is abundantly evident on Say Anything. It shines through in a way which your ears can definitely appreciate, but more importantly, which your heart can undeniably feel. And that is what separates the wheat from the chaff in this business. As a bass player, I would have liked to hear the extraordinary Lauren Bandy’s performance a bit hotter in the mix, but such is the cross we bass players must bear sometimes. As of this writing, I’m sure you’ve already heard of Letters to Abigail, even in the most peripheral of places, but now…its time to go buy the album. 

CD Review by Brent Fleury for Bold Life Magazine