Kim Richey: Sweetly Alluring, Folk-Friendly Country
Nashville singer-songwriter Kim Richey has found more success as a songwriter than as a singer: She wrote huge country hits in the '90s for Trisha Yearwood and Radney Foster, but her own output has made her more of a critics' darling than a mainstream hitmaker.
Since the release of her self-titled debut album in 1995, Richey has won raves for her sweetly alluring, folk-friendly brand of country, as discs such as 1997's Bitter Sweet and 1999's Glimmer cemented her status as a gifted songwriter whose songs pack considerable mainstream appeal. A more ambitious 2002 record (Rise) expertly balanced a wide range of moods, rhythms and styles; she just returned with a long-awaited follow-up called Chinese Boxes.
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