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SINGLE REVIEW: Devil Went Down To Georgia Feat. Camille Rae by Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane has just dropped their debut release Devil Went Down To Georgia Feat. Camille Rae. Tackling this classic country crossover smash wouldn’t be easy but this outfit led by Lucy Cantley has done a superb job of reinterpreting the track, bringing vitality and spark to it and modernizing it without sacrificing any of the original version’s appeal. Calamity Jane is a collaborative group project featuring various artists, with Lucy Cantley, a super talented vocalist and violinist in her own right, fronting it. This first offering features Camille Rae, a vocalist whose blistering cadences and passionate energy blends beautifully with Lucy’s virtuosity and spirited vocal performances. The performances all round are exemplary, rock-solid and a huge part of this successful retake. The song’s cheeky storyline and hooky melodic parts are kept intact, with a new urgency injected into the track which is perfectly suited to bringing the 70s standard into the contemporary era. Part of Calamity Jane’s creed is to work outside the confines of the music business, and releasing this version of the track, which is equal parts country, folk and electronic, goes a long way to fulfilling that intention. Calamity Jane’s release introduces the song to a whole new generation who are unfamiliar with the track, thereby setting up the perfect groundwork for this exciting project to take hold. The record is a faithful representation of the original yet there are many new qualities. The amazing vocal performances for a start put the track into an altogether different category, not to mention the production which is clean, punchy and sufficiently polished so that is doesn’t detract from any warmth and enthusiasm. They’ve captured some fine moments here, and no doubt the buzz surrounding this track is well-founded, setting up the situation for Devil Went Down To Georgia to become a mega-hit all over again.

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