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"Into Blue skirts the darker edges of Americana and flirts with Indie Noir."
Release date Aug 4th 2017


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Yet again an interesting album cover drew me straight to the CD. ..All of the songs are little stories with a beginning, middle and an end evoking pictures of scoundrels, dusty roads, run-down motels and strange people inhabiting strange bars in strange towns. "You Shot Me" is full of atomospheric slide and semi-acoustic guitar fills and a piano straight out of a Spaghetti Western as she kisses off her lying and cheating ex with a song so powerful, it left me choked up. Andrea's words and phrasings are as good as anything else I've heard this year.
In "The Devil Next to You", Andrea sits alone in a bar listening to the same song (their song) on a jukebox as people keep dancing to it; oblivious to the hurt the memories bring her. Simply wonderful.....It is difficult to select a single favorite track, as they all have their merrits, but the album closer; "Tastes Like a Heartache" is country music (traditional or alternative) at its very best. The title tells you everything you need to know about what's going to follow and you won't be disappointed, but you will get a knot in your stomach and a tear in your eye. There are soupcons of a number of great Americana band and singers (Buffalo Springfield, Cowboy Junkies, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt...) throughout VACANCY, but the end result is a wonderful debut album from a young lady... paying her dues..-- Alan Harris Maverick Magazine UK

"We rarely hear Americana artists based in San Francisco, California...so that's initially what caught our attention about Andrea Stray--she's making music that isn't normally associated with her home town. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Vacancy is smooth and refreshing. Stray is backed by some heavyweights here...Tim Grogan, Coleman Murphy, Mike Waldron, Rod Lewis, and David Henry all provide the solid backbone in these tunes. Vacancy was recorded mainly live with only a few overdubs added afterward...which may explain why these songs sound so natural and flow so well. Andrea's got a great voice and she comes up with some extremely strong melodies and lyrics. Ten gutsy, tasty cuts including "Vacancy," "Desert Rain," "Nothing New," and "Tastes Like A Heartache." -- Baby Sue Magazine
"The front photo sums up the tone of this disc. For the record the photo was done by Ms. Stray one day in Tucson as she just happened by, and the clouds were right. She is an excellent photographer as many of the other photos are hers. The photo is dark and stark, reminiscent of the murky western films such as El Topo or early Clint Eastwood westerns; that is at times stark and at times lush with sound..... There is no getting around it, but the sound,- make that the feel of the disc is very much like Lucinda Williams or the Cowboy Junkies, so there will be comparisons, and you might throw in Charles Bukowski and maybe even Edgar Allan Poe. This is a disc that will sit well with fans of Lucinda, as Andrea too has a definite and delicate touch with the writing of her songs.

There are ten songs on the disc and Andrea wrote all of them. She handled the production duties as well, though co-producers Bobby Holland and Tim Grogan assisted her. The sound quality is excellent, the playing very often mimics the singing style; the slight bending of the lyrics is mimicked by the lead guitar work of Coleman Murphy and Mike Waldron. In fact all the players here are in good sync and do a very good job maintaining the feel and overtones of Ms. Stray's songs. .. A wonderfully moody and atmospheric disc that shows off Andrea Stray's many talents." --Folk and Acoustic Magazine
"...An all original set of quality tunes, well told tales of heartache and damaged souls set against a back-drop of small town bars and jukebox nights, highlights for me Desert Rain, Whiskey Lie, You Shot Me and the title track Vacancy, one of those albums for the highways and byways it travels well..." --Beat Surrender

Vacancy made #28 on the charts on KDHX May 5th 2011

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