award-winning singer-songwriter, the Nashville-based Claudia Nygaard
has most things it takes to make it in Music City these days.
Her voice, though country-ish, is not too homey to prove off-putting
for those who think in terms of big city jukeboxes. Equally, songs
such as "I've Already Seen This Movie", with it's driving, contemporary
honky-tonk approach and the bluegrass-inspired "Prairie Fire"
would wow any Opry audience. The dozen songs on Somewhere Else
To Go are all self-penned and are both melodically and lyrically
solid. The imagery of "What Her Girlfriends Say", which commences,
"In the shiny chrome of her automobile/She could watch the paint
on his old truck peel," being mildly negated by the odd careless
line offered elsewhere, such as "You're all over me like dogs
on a flea" (sic). Even so, this album indicates that life as an
opener for such performers as Glen Campbell, Kitty Wells and the
Marshall Tucker Band might shortly be over, and Claudia Nygaard
could easily become the main name on the marquee. --