Album Reviews - Strawberry Moon

‘Strawberry Moon’ is the freshest, most beautiful folk album I have heard in a long time. Once you listen to it, the haunting melodies will keep going over and over in your head. I discovered the album this weekend and my wife and I have been listening to it every day since. Every track is a treasure with no duds or fillers. Neptune’s Car has a great musical future and I am glad to have caught this duo at their outset. Buy this album. You won’t be disappointed.
— Bruce U.
Strawberry Moon by Neptune’s Car.... is an ambitious and superb first (CD) album by singer-songwriter Holly Hanson, accompanied by Steve Hayes and friends. Holly and Steve have put to music the sensitive and far-reaching poetry and storytelling of Holly’s gifted muse. Mix in her gentle, clear voice and folk, acoustic guitar, and you have one of the most musical albums to arrive on the scene in a long time. Steve Hayes contributes a song of his own, while singing harmonies and playing various instruments on the album. Together the couple make a playful new duo!

Whether the song is a road trip through red-rock canyons, the solitary world of a lighthouse keeper, or the sparks of a new love affair, Holly’s lyrics and music seem to come together in a naturally satisfying and artistic way. This is a beautiful and well-produced offering. Your ears will be delighted and your heart will sing along! Worth a listen if you like folk and country music, and the recording quality is also top notch.
— David S.
Every song on this album brings you lyrical story telling. You understand exactly what Holly Hanson is saying to you. The stories are made even more enticing carried by wonderfully crafted music. And Holly’s voice will ‘grab you in by your heart.’

I found Neptune’s Car on NPR — it more than paid back my donation.
— C.D. Peterson
Great songs, love it
— Thomas F.
Strawberry Moon, released in 2010, is the first CD from Neptune’s Car, made up of folk duo Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes. The music reminds me of Fleetwood Mac, the Indigo Girls, and Lady Antebellum. Holly’s voice is gorgeous, and I adore the harmonies with Steve. The acoustic guitarwork is lovely.

The song lyrics tell stories, and really bring you “into the scene” - from South Bend, Indiana, to the Finger Lakes in New York, to a lighthouse on a rocky shore. Each song paints a different environment, one you can relate to and feel come to life around you.

If I had to choose favorites, my two favorite songs are the title track, Strawberry Moon, and When the Moon Shines on the Chrome. I simply adore the harmonies on the latter.

Highly recommended.
— Lisa S.
A beautiful blend of country and folk . . . Holly’s vocals are tender, warm and quite evocative with each song taking the form of a story or tale. Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocals perfectly giving each of the songs depth and character . . . it is worth taking time to listen to the lyrics as they hold the key to this feast of musical delights . . . there are hints of Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss but Neptune’s Car do not need to be compared to any other artists. This is a strong musical duo whose music can stand on its own two feet . . . The songs are beautiful and the overall atmosphere created is perfect.
— Maverick Magazine