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This Raleigh-based blues-folk trio's album debut is a solid work that moves easily from organ-driven blues to wispy folk with tinges of country poking through.

The musicianship is good across the album, which features mostly originals as well as a couple covers of bluegrass artist Tim O'Brien. The trio's gentle spirit comes through, though the positive message may feel a bit cloying to those with a more cynical heart. There are a number of musical highlights that rise above this Hang In There Kitty positiveness. In particular, "Prosperity Blues," is a wonderful slice of tongue-in-cheek anomie from the suburbs, as honey-voiced Letha Costin croons, "I've got a great job and great friends, too/Plenty of money and plenty of fun things to do/I've got the prosperity blues."

The album-opener "Sacred Mesa," is another winner, with its gruff blues-rock coming off as a cross between John Hiatt and Shawn Mullins. Overall it's pleasant upbeat blues-based music that bubbles with boundless hope.

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