An affecting cover here from Andrew Sa. He has been rising in Chicago’s queer country circuit, winding up a standout of The Cosmic Country Showcase that’s been in residence at The Hideout. Having been taken under the wing of Lavender Country’s Patrick Hagerty, Sa has forged the persona of Lonesome Andrew. In that mold he’s been able to tread a line of sincerity and camp that fits the ideals of the showcase which can be heard threaded through the four tracks on offer, recorded during a streaming version of the showcase that took place earlier in the year. The four cuts on offer range from covers of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game” to Boudleaux Bryant’s often covered “Love Hurts” finding his way through a wink on the former and stripped-bare sincerity on the latter. In between he hits on a pair of heart-sick covers of Roy Orbison and Hank Snow. It’s the Snow tune that really devastates here. On “I Wish I Was The Moon” Sa’s vocals quiver with a hurt and hope that’s palpable. It feels like Sa may be popping up more often, and rightly so with the kind of heartbreak he’s alble to wield. Look out for him on a duet with Liam Kazar on his upcoming LP for Woodsist later in the year. For now, thorough, these four are more than enough to sate you for weeks to come.
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