The songs on 1978 DECEMBER, Sonia Leigh’s Southern Ground Artists debut, range from the boozy barroom sing along of “Bar”- a throwback redolent of the less well-behaved Nashville of yesteryear – to the soulful Muscle Shoals shuffle of “I Just Might,” the acoustic groove of “Virginia” – to the first single “My Name is Money,” a bright, brash track that gives new life to dusty soul rock with nods to Joan Jett and Sheryl Crow. Georgia troubadour Leigh has a lot in common with one of her mentors, Zac Brown, who signed her to his Southern Ground Artists label. Leigh has been a part of Brown’s musical family for several years now, having met the singer/songwriter in Atlanta musical circles. Leigh is an authentic songstress with southern grit and a weathered drawl and 1978 DECEMBER embodies southern resolve at its finest, illuminating her sophisticated talent for blending country, blues, soul, and rock into one genuine, powerful sound. Like everything else she’s done, 1978 DECEMBER is the sound of Leigh expressing her soul.
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