Any time one’s name is mentioned in The New York Times, it’s a big deal. And when it’s mentioned with a fine dose of praise from that esteemed publication, it’s even better.
Blount County’s Sarah Pirkle got some props from the Times in a recent review of “Somewhere South of Crazy,” the new album by bluegrass queen Dale Ann Bradley. Bradley, the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year for 2007, 2008 and 2009, recorded Pirkle’s song “Come Home Good Boy” for the record, and the NYT picked it as one of the album’s best moments: “The highlight is ‘Come Home Good Boy,’ an affecting, quietly enraged song written by Sarah Pirkle about sending a child off to war.” Read the full review here.
Bradley recently shot a video for the song, which first appeared on Pirkle’s 2010 solo record “Walking Tall Through High Weeds.” The video should be released any day now, and you can read about it here. Pirkle and her husband, Jeff Barbra, are putting the finishing touches on their gospel album, “Family Singing,” which should see the light of day any time now as well.