Thursday, July 29, 2010

Luanne Hunt song hits #1 in Europe

Hello Everyone!

Just got word that my song “Solace in the Wind” hit No. 1 on the European Country Music Chart (Belgium) this week. This chart is the largest and oldest country music chart in Europe and positions are tracked by radio play on both terrestrial, satellite and Internet stations.

Steve wrote the tune in 1999 on a trip to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. I recorded it in 2007 for my “Breaking Through” project. In 2008, it landed on the Grammy ballot for “Best Female Country Performance.”

To hear the tune, log on to: It’s on the music player on the home page.

Also wanted to share this recent review from a fan in the UK:

“There's something very reassuring about hearing a folk song in the grand old tradition - before Dylan, before politics, when we all went to folk clubs in the back room of the pub, and all sang along just because we loved singing.

“Solace in the Wind” is just that kind of song. It's a polished, professional example of early 1960's folk - the days when the Seekers and the Springfields (Dusty in her folk incarnation) ruled the world and the charts. Both these groups (as they were called back then) had a very fine female lead singer. And Luanne has exactly the same kind of calm assurance which carries the song, backed up by razor-sharp close harmony in three parts.

I loved your use of mandolin at the beginning and I knew before the end of the introduction that you were going to ask us to all join in. What else have we got? A flowing soaring fiddle, guitar and a tub-thumping upright bass. I can almost picture him: sports jacket, turtle-neck sweater, college haircut and thick, horn-rimmed spectacles.

Then the lyrics. They don't write them like that anymore, partly because until the recent Bond film, none of them knew what 'solace' meant (and the film title doesn't exactly make it much clearer.) But there's a nice ethereal feel to 'taking solace in the wind'. And the wind imagery carries effortlessly through the chorus, as we all join in, then find ourselves humming the song as we go home.”

Cambridge, UK

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