The Refugees,
(Wabuho, 2009)

Wendy Waldman, Deborah Holland and Cindy Bullens have probably got close to a century of accumulated time in the music industry. Individually, they've received acclaim and Grammy nominations.

Collectively, these three women will rock your world. Their harmonies are flawless and beautifully blended. Instrumentation is varied and surprising, since the trio comes from such a wide background from rock to country. Their personalities show through in the music in ways that will make you laugh, shake your head and, for some men, break out in a bit of a sweat.

The music's just as varied as the emotions I've listed. You've got a bouncy cover of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Fishin' in the Dark." "The Violin Song" will have you laughing and recalling those lessons your parents stuck you with you'd rather not have endured. "Jellico Highway" will take you on a long, lonely stretch of TN-KY and send chills up and down your spine. "Sticking to My Baby's Love," which I have heard covered by a couple of local girl groups, is a whole lot better in these ladies' capable hands. And the finale, "Save the Best for Last," will make you wonder why you ever listened to the Top 40 version.

If you enjoy tight harmonies, interesting lyrics with a lot of heart and girl groups, this is definitely a CD you are going to want to have in your collection. I guarantee you will be stamping the immigration papers of these refugees if you listen to any of the samples.

music review by
Becky Kyle

24 July 2010

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