Springfield – Cheryl Fare





Genre: R&B, Americana, Folk, Rock

Sounds like: Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Rondstadt, Bonnie Rait

The Good Fun vibe, good writing playing 

The Bad Winded songs, dated sounding production

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from Richmond Virginia's own Cheryl Fare, entitled Springfield. Besides music Fare also dabbles as a theatre director, actor, educator, playwright & even volunteers he time on behalf of brain tumor survivors & their families.


The band Fare brings to the table many impressive session players. I would say the band possesses above average to advanced playing abilities with respect to the genera. You will find many impressive chops along the way. Timing is spot on within the genera. Fare can hold her own on vocals, but more importantly she just let's it all hang out - holding nothing back. Vocals from Fare are executed perfectly, & in many ways the strongpoint part of the production. The music possesses a classic Jazz, Bluesy, late 70's Rock type stigma. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch to. Definitely classic Jazz & R&B that will remind you of classic Linda Rondstadt, Bonnie Rait, but I can also hera brief flashes of Ella Fitzgerald & Barbara Streisand. The songs Simply put - all songs are incredible. There’s nothing like a solid musical production to get wrapped around – & this is one of them. I kept waiting for a weak song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very upbeat, positive, with amazing vibe. I get the impression Fare & company had allot of fun with it - & it shows. The production a bit dated sounding when compared to more modern sounding records. Despite this Fare & company make their point with crystal clarity. The good Honorable mentions go out to the amazing "good vibe" you get. Like a drug this CD pulls you in & when it's over you want to do it all over again. Folks out there who enjoy all the above mentioned bands will fall head over heals over Cheryl Fare. The bad again not the most marketable record I've heard with respect to the mix & songs. This would be a great CD if released in the late seventies or early eighties. The ugly Nothing to report.


The verdict Springfield by Cheryl Fare has everything: good playing, fancy picking, fun songs, amazing vocals & harmonies,  & music that covers all the bases – Jazz, Folk, R&B, & even Rock. The Bottom Line Cheryl Fare & company just let it all hang out - & because of that Springfiled is a pleasure to listen to. Like I mentioned earlier - Fare is also a  theatre director, actor, educator, playwright & volunteers he time on behalf of brain tumor survivors & their families. Needless to say this CD is a reflection of a true artist & an amazing human being. 

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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