Sarah Borges’ unbridled joy at making music two decades into a storied career comes through loud and clear in her latest long player, aptly titled “Love’s Middle Name.” Her third studio record with The Broken Singles, “Love’s Middle Name” is a muscular 10 song cycle that pulses with raw, gritty, unfettered emotion. As the kids like to say: this record has all the feels.
Conduct even a quick Google search, and you’ll find that Sarah has been dubbed everything from an "Americana darling," to a "roots rocker," to a "cowpunk" by tastemakers as diverse as The New York Times and Sirius XM Outlaw Country Radio. With this latest release Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles show that all of those titles are well deserved.
As rock phenoms go, Sarah has never been easy to pin down. Since bursting onto the national scene in 2005 as the lead singer of the Broken Singles, she hasn’t allowed a speck of dust to settle on her sound or her story. Instead, the Massachusetts native has just kept on moving and shaking, deftly navigating that weird road that winds from emerging artist to veteran performer. She’s made seven records and racked up countless touring miles. She’s collected shiny things, including an Americana Music Award nomination, multiple Boston Music Awards, and song credits on TV shows Sons of Anarchy and The Night Shift. Bands like Los Strait Jackets and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have brought her out on the road with them. Cowboy laureates Steve Berlin and Dave Alvin have lined up to collaborate with her.
“I’m not slowing down,” Borges says. “I’m gonna keep on seeking the next sound, the next song, the next chapter of who I am.”