Honi Deaton

What Should Have Been

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Vocalist Honi Deaton delivers a milky-smooth performance on her debut album, What Should Have Been. Backed skillfully by her band, Dream, the album is a rootsy mix of original and cover tunes all played in a traditional acoustic bluegrass style. An obvious vehicle for Deaton's magnetic and soulful vocals, this is nonetheless a group effort, featuring Deaton's husband, Jeff Deaton, on vocals, guitar, and bass; Dewey Brown on fiddle; Chris Davis on mandolin and vocals; and Kristin Scott Benson on banjo. While a little more country in approach than Alison Krauss & Union Station, there are still some similarities, especially on the original "In Your Dreams," which mixes a contemporary folk feel with the bluegrass instrumentation. However, purists will appreciate that while the album crosses stylistic borders into Celtic folk, adult contemporary, and Western swing, Deaton and Dream never lose sight of their bluegrass roots.

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