So here goes. Big Harp is the conjunction of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney. Chain Letters (Saddle Creek) is their second effort, a rather unusual melange of solid singer-songwriting, indie rock, sometimes with a slight country accent, and a harder-edged feel. There's some formidable guitar playing, good rocking arrangements contrasting with some more gentle-sounding things, and lyrical content that has depth and a storytelling directness.
Chris has an appealing, twangy lead vocal presence that has a laid back quality. Stefanie sounds fine as harmonizing vocalist.
This is one where the songs are good and they carry the day, whether it is January or September.