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The band's sound is uplifting, validating and positive. It's not often these days that such a loving, spiritual and earth-friendly group is presented live onstage. On the Sky in the Road website, their music is described as "folk-based pop that winds its way through bluegrass, reggae, rock, country, Celtic, world folk, jazz and blues." So many influences can be heard when you listen to them, it's hard to keep track of them all, but it comes across as totally original.
By Ardis Hedrick
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Sky in the Road: They Will Take Us There
"...Sky in the Road combines bluegrass, pop, singer-songwriter folk, chant, world music touches and simmering passion in all their music...utterly engaging...unusual and exquisite...contagious songs...you have a sense of an ancient Persian poem relayed through Celtic music, all of it building to remarkable crescendos that wash over the listener..."
By Bill Fisher
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Leading Edge Review
Sky in The Road's self-titled release is a collection of inspirational and original songs with a style best described as folk-based pop with influences as varied as Cajun, Middle Eastern, Native American, and Gypsy. Unifying it all are their voices, an exquisite blend of male and female energies, harmonies flowing in and around these shimmering, well-produced tracks. Instrumentation includes guitar, harmonium, violin, bamboo flute, percussion, and piano. Lyrics reflect a spiritual depth that is both transcendent and well grounded, drawing the listener into a transformational journey. Comfortable, challenging, meditative, danceable, soon you will be singing and moving along with Sky in the Road.
With a contemporary country sound, Oregon artists Rhiger and Rahmana spin out 10 inspirational, soul-searching songs, from the upbeat title cut with old-timey fiddle by Skip Parente to the mellow love ballad "Willing Embrace." Though their vocals are far different (Rhiger is a husky tenor and Rahmana is a lovely soprano), when melded during duets, the effect works quite well. Covered are the splendid Kate Wolf tune "Brother Warrior", with percussion by Goat Medicine Whistle, and "Secret One," written by Zuleikha (coupled with the Rhiger tune "I am singing"). Rhiger plays most of the instruments (guitar, synth, bass, etc,) while a few others add their talents, most notably Mark Bosnian, playing piano on a few cuts, and Skip Parente's fiddle. This is a smooth, melodious listen that combines country and folk stylings to great effect.
This duo puts on a great show! The harmonium is a special treat for the audience. It's a pleasure to hear and work with these fine musicians.
Brian Felix, Yakima Folklife Festival
Rahmana has a powerful and unforgettable voice. She brings a haunting strength and passion to the music.
The Reedsport Courier
Warm voices and instrumentation create a beautiful setting for these sensitive, folksy songs, making this one of the best albums we've reviewed. Potent lyrics bring self-understanding and a sense of involvement, and the composition of tunes is satisfying and joyful; harmonies are pure, light, and very beautiful. Delightful. Highly recommended.
Mary Heckler, Heartsong Review
The first time we heard Sky in the Road, our hearts flew open wide. Since that time, we have enjoyed their exceptional guitar and vocal talent and inspiring lyrics at our workshops. This deeply moving music is a blessing on this planet"
Joyce and Barry Vissell, authors of The Shared Heart, Models of Love, and Risk to be Healed