Music review: Sandy Lusco Huffman - ‘Where the Boys Are’

I am always amazed at the amount of musical talent we have in our area. On any given weekend, you can find local musicians performing at a variety of neighborhood venues. I am constantly encouraging others to support these regional acts by going out to catch a live show or by purchasing a CD or digital download.

I recently came across a new offering from Sandy Lusco Huffman. The passionate singer-songwriter from Greene County has just released “Where the Boys Are,” her seventh album.

This stirring collection is a tribute to the sacrifices made by our veterans, first responders and law enforcement officers. The album also includes inspirational songs of faith, hope and love.

The angelic voice of Huffman delivers added emotion to the covers of well-known arrangements, starting with the opener “Soldier Boy.” The track, released as a single by the Shirelles in 1962, receives the royal treatment from Huffman and perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the numbers that follow.

Huffman and her mother perform together during a special medley, highlighted with classic war-themed numbers such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Something to Remember You By,” “When the Lights Go On Again,” “He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings,” “Now Is the Hour” and the title track.

Additionally, the album carries a spiritual tone throughout a variety of moving songs of steadfast faith. “Near the Cross” and the Vince Gill penned “Go Rest High on That Mountain” are standout performances describing the heavenly promises that await us.

Written by Huffman, “America Bless God” is the lone original song on the album. Huffman’s words are a solemn reminder for us to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways in order to fully enjoy God’s blessings.

The album closes with a lovely version of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and a heartwarming bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace.”

Huffman proves once again that she is a multitalented artist possessing a diverse musical repertoire that is certain to entertain any audience.

Check out Huffman’s website for a complete list of her albums and area performances at www.sandyluscohuffman.com.

Clint Rhodes is the Herald-Standard music reviewer. He can be reached at clinton43@me.com.

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