"There is a tradition in folk music of heart-breakingly clear female voices, from June Carter Cash to Emmylou Harris to Australian folk songstresses the Waifs.
It’s to their credit then, that I can place the Fort Collins folk duo, Driftwood Fire, somewhere in that group of names without feeling dishonest. Lead singer Lynn Scharf and Charlotte Formichella, who handles harmonies and banjo, are very much worth your time."
-The Scene Magazine
"2011 has been quite the year for duos. So far, this year has seen the advent of The Civil Wars, and now come Driftwood Fire...a refreshing sound that is completely unique but feels familiar...Driftwood Fire is one of the most promising new bands of the year.
With strong folksy harmonies and a sound that falls somewhere between The Waifs and Tres Chicas, their debut album How to Untangle a Heartache, is a gorgeous album that carries a lifetime of experience."
"Paper Bag [is a] crowning achievement...Driftwood Fire has taken the Appalachian to the Rocky Mountains with style and substance."
"...understated perfection. What stands out here is not only the heartfelt songwriting and skilled instrumentation, but also Scharf’s vocals, which are reminiscent of a cross between Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt...The tracks have a depth to them that belie their simplicity and clean style."
-Colorado Music Buzz
"...this duo’s [new] album blends Brandi Carlile’s passion, Sarah McLachlan’s gloss and Indigo Girls’ grit for an impressive effort."
"Folk-pop at its best."
"Lynn Scharf's smooth-as-ocean-polished-glass voice coupled with the sweet sounds Charlotte Formichella can coax out of a banjo and a guitar make this duo stand apart. It's not a surprise to hear the lonesome soul-touching songs of Appalachia at the root of their music; both artists were raised in those Scottish mountains of Virginia.
In fact, the second song on the album, Appalachian Hills, is without a doubt my favorite of the bunch, though all the selections are stand-alone hits. Scharf's voice was made for this music; timeless, mournful, and distinctive.
...Of course they have a Facebook page! Go ahead, click that "Like" button! You'll do more than like this cd....you'll love it. "
"Musings on relationships intermingle with meditations on coal mines."
"On their debut album, this Fort Collins, Colo., duo strike a nice balance between the banjo-led, rustic sounds of Appalachian folk (there’s even a song here called “Appalachian Hills”) and the bright melodies of contemporary country-pop. Lead singer Lynn Scharf brings Sarah McLachlan sultriness to tunes like “Turn on the Radio,” while her and partner Charlotte Formichella’s love of Gillian Welch and early Dolly Parton shines through on quieter numbers like “The Salty Sea.” An understated but impressive debut."
"How To Untangle A Heartache doesn’t sound like music that scientists would make, but when you consider that one of those scientists studies man’s sonic debris on wilderness, and the other maps endangered species’ territories, it’s no wonder that this Americana duo from Fort Collins put together such a tender and beautiful album. The playing is extraordinary, the songwriting is sincere, and it’s astonishing that this is a debut."
"Driftwood Fire will release their debut album, How To Untangle A Heartache on August 23rd. Though Driftwood Fire are billed as an Americana duo comprised of former scientists – singer-guitarist Lynn Scharf and multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Formichella – the two women were joined by several other talented musicians for the recording of How To Untangle A Heartache. The resulting album is truly a delight.
The opening tracks are airy pop-folk songs that fall somewhere between Crooked Still and Beth Nielsen Chapman, but How To Untangle A Heartache really finds its footing with the panoramic “Let It All Go.”
“Appalachian Hills” is the album’s biggest stunner. The haunting folk ballad explores the beautiful landscape and horrific racism in the Shenandoah valley during and after the Civil War.
Other highlights are the jaunty Tin Pan Alley instrumental “Intermission” and the gentle pluck of banjo in the atmospheric finale “The Salty Sea.”