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Mare Wakefield
Take Me Home
Mare Wakefield

Mare Wakefield’s voice comes rolling out of the speakers in a soothing wave on her new album Take Me Home. Though there’s a definite twangy vibe, Wakefield’s music is an anodyne to the ear-pain produced by most New Country artists; her songs are warm and rich, without a hint of the jangly Shania sound so often flooding the airwaves these days.

Like any country artist worth her salt-of-the-earth, Wakefield is a compelling story-teller. She sings about lost love, found love, and that old country standby, the tragic “pickup truck that drove off a cliff” tale. What is it about fiddles and suicide songs that mesh so well? Dave Matthews should take note. Along with the fiddle, Wakefield’s band backs her with piano, bass, banjo, a dobro, and what the liner notes charmingly if cryptically refer to as “road noises.”

Take Me Home is slickly produced, leaving a slight pop aftertaste that isn’t necessary for this artist. Though the musicians backing her are talented, I’d like to hear Wakefield’s voice stripped of the surrounding gloss, sitting rough in a room with a guitar. Still, the album is well worth picking up – a sensual, vibrant work that knows its strengths but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Favorite Track: Track 7, “Love vs. the USA”

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Kris Larson works as a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University and reads an alarming amount of Edith Wharton in her spare time. She can be reached at, or you can visit her website at
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