Music Review: Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp’s ‘Adrienna Valentine’

Music Review: Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp’s ‘Adrienna Valentine’

adriennavalentine3 out of 4 Maple Leafs

All those still mourning the gaping hole in the emerging “new-grass” scene left by Nickel Creek might find comfort in “Adrienna Valentine,” the latest release from Harrisonburg, Virginia-based singer/songwriter Trent Wagler.

“Valentine” is overflowing with lush bluegrass harmonies highlighted by Wagler’s warm, unique lead vocals and Jay Lapp’s expert mandolin picking and backup singing. They seamlessly transition from the upbeat folksy twang of “Darlin’ Cory” and “Honey Bear” to the beautiful, subdued Americana sounds of “Corinne” and “I Will Love You.” “Riverside” effectively blends Wagler’s blues influences with a gospel choral arrangement.

It’s the eponymous track “Adrienna Valentine” that really steals the show, though. Just like the song “Blue Heaven” from Wagler’s 2006 album of the same name, “Adrienna … ” is simple, gorgeous and haunting, and it will stick with you long after the rest of this fine album has faded away.

“Adrienna Valentine” is currently available for download from the iTunes store or at www.cdbaby.com/cd/waglerlapp.

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Ben Noll
Written by Ben Noll

Senior Theater and Sociology double-major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am currently in my second semester working as Arts page editor for The Record. I enjoy reading, going to the movies, eating, watching Philadelphia and Penn State sports, and thinking about graduation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, criticisms, or story ideas. All good art, including journalism, is about collaboration!

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