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Folk Festival Review
 August 27, 1999

Harmony Down on the Farm at Philadelphia Folk Festival

Up and Comers: Two of the best among the festival's bumper crop of largely unknown but upwardly mobile female singer songwriters will play this afternoon. It's difficult to imagine Steve Earle's sister sounding as feminine as Stacey Earle in fact does but neither would he ever admit to all the crying she does on her notable debut "Simple Gearle" (Gearle Records). Hokey affectations aside (Depression, clothes,needle static) Earle delivers strong, straightforward, consistently rhythmic songs with the discipline you would expect from a former Nashville staff write.

Virginia's Terri Allard shares Earle's sense of craft and rhythmic drive, but delivers a fuller, more commercial sound on "Loose Change and Spare Parts" (Reckless Abandon). She's Mary Chapin Carpenter to Earle's Nanci Griffith. Catch them both on their upward curves.