Beautiful voice, solid production, real life lyrics. Penny has touched the pulse of what Texas is! Can't wait to see how this artist matures...
- Posted on Lone Star Music by Scott, July 2001.
With a touch of rock, blues and even some Cajun, Austin transplant (by way of Canada) Penny Jo Pullus has come up with a superb collection of honky-tonk flavored country with her latest EP, Lucky # 7. While the gentle heartbreaker "Faithless Heart" starts the disc off on the right track, the second cut "Best Texas Grocery" is the album's high point with it's Americana slice of life lyrics and beautiful musical mesh of guitars (slide and acoustic), accordion and organ complementing Pullus' warm, slightly twangy vocals. With the possible exception of "Honey Please Be Kind", which is a bit too close to polished radio country , there's not a misstep on this disc, and the upbeat, accordion-laden "Cajun Casanova" and "He Plays" are other exceptional standouts.
- - Geoff Melton, http://www.inmusicwetrust.com June 2001
1/2 Texas, Penny Jo Pullus - "Lucky #7" Great voice, good song selection and solid production.
- - January 2001, International Country Music Association Newsletter
Four years ago, Penny Jo Pullus joined the Austin music scene rather than go the Nashville route, and this second release does indeed suggest a performer who's more at home on stage in a Central Texas roadhouse somewhere between Bastrop and Round Rock. Though not quite as powerful and searing, Pullus' vocals feature a touch of the haunting pathos of a Kelly Willis, with maybe just a hint of a Lucinda Williams for good measure. Backed by electric guitars, keyboards and drums - no fiddle or pedal steel - Pullus' arrangements are more toward the rock end of the spectrum, yet still retain that raw, roadhouse edge that serves her style well. Like a good pair of boots, some things are better left unpolished.
Pullus wrote or co-wrote all seven tracks. She's a little more assured on material like "Best Texas Grocery" and "How Many Times A Fool" than on somewhat more saccharine fare like "Honey Please Be Kind." On the whole, though, those who like singers with an emotional edge may well find Pullus to be an unexpected surprise.
- - John Lupton, http://www.countrystandardtime.com/cdreviewofweek.html
"Simple, irresistible Texan country, with a bluesy touch. After five seconds
you know detail by detail how the EP will progress, but you can't resist
listening to it until the last note has faded. The songs (three from Pullus,
four written with others) seem to be built on a perfectly simple, but immensely
addictive hook. As a singer Penny Jo makes me think of the cheerful-melancholic
Molly Scheer of the Heymakers. Penny Jo can also be compared to her idol Tammy
Wynette, nevertheless the bebuting fan is more capable to suppress her innate
hillbilly hickup than Miss 'Divorce' herself. Penny Jo has that classic country
voice, without the affectation associated to it by outsiders. Miss Pullus could
also count on an excellent no-nonsense band, in which keyboard/accordian player
Chip Dolan, whom we all know from Tish Hinojosa, plays a leading part. And I'm
very happy to notice that this extremely pleasant and clean mini-CD shows no
sign of the fashionable (meant to be 'rootsy') low-fi production that so many
new Americana artists mix up with authenticity."
November 2000, Roots Town Music Magazine
"On her second CD, this seasoned Austin honky-tonker paints heartache with
broad strokes, especially in "How Many Times a Fool." She shows she's no
pushover; though, with "Time To Come Home," displaying an honest and mature
personality. All the while, the music's good enough to keep the dance floor
5/25/00 Austin American-Statesman
"A new rose in the Texas Twang n' Rock garden is Penny Jo Pullus and her Lucky
7/20/00 Eddie Russell/Country Eastern/Outlaw Peace for Radio
(Buy It) "Firmly in the Americana camp, honey-voiced singer-songwriter Penny Jo
Pullus takes a fine stab at these seven songs about love, homecoming, love and
more love. While the drippy poppiness of "Honey Please Be Kind" gives the disc
an unfortunate mid point sag, highlights such as the beautifully
abandoned-feeling "Best Texas Grocery" and the joyous accordion in "Cajun
Casanova" more than make up for it."
Oct/Nov 2000 Michael Koster Thirsty Ear Magazine
"On Lucky # 7, Penny Jo Pullus has given us a CD showcasing her very beautiful
and sensitive voice accompanied by strong real life lyrics. The beautiful use
of the accordion and organ weave an intricate portrait of Americana on "Best
Texas Grocery" and "Time To Come Home." Penny Jo is a great new singing woman
who has made a real masterpiece!! Beautiful but too short, only seven jewels!!"
7/25/00 Ray Pieters, Belgium Radio