Blaylock's vocals have always been incredible. Although the blend of all the band member's voices was a strong point for Edens Edge, Blaylock's voice on her own is just as breathtaking, maybe even more so. She committed to a solo music career shortly after she left the band, and this is her coming through on her promise. Currently only available for streaming on hannahblaylock.com and at her live shows, My Roots Run Deep is a perfect introduction to the different sound Blaylock has as a solo artist, and a perfect introduction to her, and her life. "Cherry Pie" on Edens Edge was a truly personal song to her, although written by Dean Berner and two other writers. That song was a masterpiece, but fans now have a chance to see even more into Blaylock's life. The EP also adopts a less bluegrass influenced sound, like the one that Edens Edge had, and instead flips to acquire a rockier sound, one that sets her apart and marks her as a differnet artist, not just a spin off of Edens Edge.
A common misconception is that only ballads can be the most personal, but the first song of this EP, "Burned the Forest," is inspired by Blaylock's childhood as much as any of the other songs on the collection. As the caption for an acoustic version of the song, Blaylock wrote
On my farm, when the fields and the woods got too many briers and weeds, we would start a brush fire so the trees could grow stronger and the soil could be enriched for healthier hay. It's so fascinating to me that ashes can create more life and a better life than there was before. This songs talks about how that can happen in our lives sometimes. How it hurts, but in the long run we are stronger and better for it and our lives are even richer than before.
The only slight miss on this collection is the second to last track, "Making Our Own Fun." The lyrics aren't as sharp as the rest of the collection, and in comparison, this track falls short. The lyrics, especially the inclusion of "This party — lame" are as so eloquently sung in the song, lame. It's a cringe worthy moment, but stronger tracks like "Burned The Forest" and "The Last Cowboy" make up for that downfall.
Hannah Blaylock has truly surpassed all expectations. The end of Edens Edge was a bittersweet moment, because they had moderate success, and they had a sound that was so unique and clasic. It was a shame to let them go. Luckily, there are some groups stepping up to fill that spot, including Maddie & Tae and others. But the one positive thing that came about from Edens Edge ending is Hannah Blaylock. She is now getting a chance to show herself to her fans. With this EP, Blaylock is planting her roots in the country music industry, and establishing herself as a strong new female voice.
Best tracks: Burned the Forest, The Last Cowboy, Don't Want You To Go
Throwaway tracks: Making Our Own Fun
Overall rating: 4 and a half crowns