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Rae Billing and CRYBABY - Still (Release date: Apr. 15, 2018)

Rae Billing helped form CRYBABY more than 20 years ago now, and it's possible that the highlight of the band's four-year lifespan was having its sole album named one of the Top Three Country Albums of the Year by the dearly departed Eye magazine.

Since then, Rae's moved to Hamilton and carried on as a solo artist, but a supposedly one-off reunion in 2016 for a couple of CRYBABY 20th anniversary shows has turned into a little something more – as these things are wont to do. Next thing you know, there's a sophomore album out!

Yes, just over a year ago now, the appropriately-titled Still was released, and a little over a year after that, they sent it to us here at Roots Music Canada. We're not above being a little late on the draw getting the word out on things, especially albums that genuinely deserve a plug. And this is such an album.

Rae's resonant alto and country roots-rock sound reminds me a little of Lucinda Williams, so if you like your roots with just a little bit of an edge, have a listen.