Music City Roots
August 3, 2016
"Smoky, sophisticated and rootsy at the same time, with solid storytelling and ghosts hanging around."
March 15, 2016
"Granville Automatic find a new world exploring history through music."
AXS Exclusive "Goodnight House" Video Premiere
March 10, 2016
"An evocative cinematic vignette."
January 25, 2016
"A strikingly beautiful duo. Granville Automatic’s music is evocative. The poignancy of Vanessa's and Elizabeth’s haunting refrains has the power to bring you to your knees with such an overwhelming feeling of respect and admiration that it approaches reverence."
January 20, 2016
"A faint echo of those past dreams, sweet yet maudlin."
The Boot Guest Room Sessions
January 17, 2016
No Depression live review
January 16, 2016
"Amazing. The duo appeared as polar opposites with Elkins in black jeans, t-shirt, boots and heavy eyeliner looking like a blond Chrissie Hynde, and Olivarez in a bright flower-print dress straight out of the 1960s. The contrast was misleading, as both artists complement each other extremely well: Elkins’ deadpan humor, straightforward storytelling and steady guitar melded perfectly with Olivarez’s bright humor and impressive vocals, a performer who is unedited and completely charming."
January 8, 2016
Interview with the band.
January 3, 2016
"An almost magic transformation of history into modern songwriting. A quiet, intricately researched and captivating effort that haunts long after the first listen. This is storytelling, songwriting, and musicianship at its creative best."
January 2, 2016
“Chantilly Grace: Bell-clear female vocals lead this tune that looks back to vintage Americana (that fiddle!) and forward to modern alt-country melodies."
I'm Music Magazine
December 30, 2015
"One of the best albums of 2015. The fine art of storytelling through music seems to be an art form that is in short supply these days, but these two are keeping that flame burning."
December 20, 2015
"They breathe new life into history"
New York Times
August 15, 2015
"Music is one way the stories of the war can be told and re-told, even if many of the battlefields in Atlanta, Nashville and other cities are now buried by neighborhoods and business districts."
Coachella Valley Weekly
February 26, 2015
"A voice like warm honey telling beautiful, nostalgic pictures and stories."
February 16, 2015
"Spellbinding. You just might think you hear and see a ghost or two. Granville Automatic are top-notch songwriters, performers and historians."
September 30, 2014
"The songwriting team of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins is a powerful one. Their music is rooted in the deep traditions of the American South and they write about history in a way that is both personal and timeless."
American Airlines American Way Magazine
June 1, 2014
"[Granville Automatic] recalls iconic artists like Emmylou Harris with a sound that draws its influences from classic country traditions and lyrics rooted in true stories from American history."
April 5, 2014
"This country duo specializes in haunting, lyrical ballads."
September 11, 2013
"Band films video where soldiers clashed in Atlanta; project aims to raise awareness."
August 12, 2013
"Somewhere between a harvest moon and a soft bed. Gorgeous."
June 19, 2013
"Vanessa had moderate success in Canada with her 2003 single 'The One', before co-writing the song 'Sugarland' on, yep, Sugarland’s album Enjoy the Ride. Currently she’s a member of rootsy duo Granville Automatic."
May 26, 2013
"Granville Automatic is preparing to release a music video filmed at an ice cream shop on the site of the 1864 battle that left Atlanta in flames during the Civil War."
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Guide
April 2, 2013
"A shining example of some of the best and brightest women working in Music City today."
Coachella Valley Weekly (Palm Springs, California)
March 18, 2013
"Captures the timeless spirit and character of the South."
Flagpole Magazine (Athens, Georgia)
February 21, 2013
"Nashville luminaries who write songs about history and war with heart-wrenching narrative weight."
Associated Press (Nashville Tennessean, Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and dozens more nationwide)
December 27, 2012
"Haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.”
The Beachcomber (Destin, Florida)
November 12, 2012
"Takes country back to its roots."
Columbia Free Times (South Carolina)
November 7, 2012
"Makes history come alive."
Santa Fe Reporter (New Mexico)
October 4, 2012
"Think Gram Parsons meets Willie Nelson meets Emmylou Harris when it comes to the Southern Gothic country tunes from this fine pair of lady singer-songwriters."
INsite Magazine (nationwide)
"Blazes creative trails miles away from Nashville's current crop of slick, cookie-cutter artists."
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee)
"Bringing attention to saving Civil War battlefields around the country."
Seaside Times (Florida)
Jezebel Magazine (Atlanta, Georgia)
"Haunting songs that spin Southern gothic yarns that resonate long after the music stops."
Nashville Scene (Tennessee)
December 18, 2011
"A Critics' Pick. Pristine arrangements with no hint of excess; and their lyrics are pithy and interesting."
Fine Living Lancaster (Pennsylvania)
May 2011 (article on page 72)
"Narrative arc songs that remind you of when alt-country was just country."