Release Date: Apr 13, 2010
Record label: Mercury Nashville
At first blush, it seems that the last thing Nashville needs at the moment is another young blond starlet competing for face time in a crowded market. But Laura Bell Bundy’s Achin’ and Shakin’ puts nearly all of her contemporaries on notice. Showing infinitely more personality, ambition, and genre know-how in any given 10 seconds of her debut than some current country stars have shown in their entire careers, Bundy demands attention and develops a persona built on equal parts theatricality and a love-me-or-hate-me abandon.
Laura Bell Bundy is well-known as a Broadway performer, but less so as a contemporary country singer. Her debut album, Longing for a Place Already Gone, was released on her own independent LAB Records in 2007. While it never charted, it was substantial in that it recalled a much earlier era of country music without falling into pure nostalgia. Achin’ and Shakin’ is her Mercury Nashville debut, produced (mostly) by Nathan Chapman.
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