Bill Bentley of The Morton Report wrote, “She was born in a ‘holler’ in southwest Virginia, which stamps her character all the way through. There is a forlorn tear in all her vocals that speaks to hard-luck living right next to the ability to bounce back from any adversity.”
Wayne Bledsoe observed, “There was a time when the term “commercial country music” didn’t make serious music fans cringe. It was a time when country songs told stories that had some depth and individuality. It was working class, but it wasn’t stupid. Reagan Boggs is exactly what modern country radio is missing.”
Reagan Boggs is a product of the “Crooked Road.” She grew up in a “holler” outside the depleted mining town of Pound, VA. Her songs have been likened to the writings of Darrell Scott, Dave Alvin and Buddy Miller. She's been referred to as a "Throwback Artist." Lee Zimmerman of No Depression compared her to such legendary singers as Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, describing her voice as "filtered through a mix of hard-wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.” Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote, "Reagan Boggs is exactly what modern country radio is missing."
On February 11 of 2014, Boggs released her third solo album, her first in nearly seven years. On February 24, 2014, Quicksand emerged to number 35 on the Americana Music Chart. It remained on the chart for 20 weeks.
Boggs is a two-time Mountain Stage performer and will be featured in the spring of 2016 on the PBS syndicated live-performance of Song of the Mountains. Her 2011 single, “Thank You (Miner’s Song)” was requested for a compilation honoring Mother Jones. The record includes nationally recognized artists, Gretchen Peters, Robert Earl Keen, Tom Russell, Katy Moffatt, Kieren Kane, Utah Phillips, Fred Eaglesmith, Si Kahn, and many more. Boggs was the “Fan Favorite” in the 2014 Orthophonic Joy contest put on by The Birthplace of Country Music. Her rendition of the Carter Family’s song “Storms are on the Ocean” garnered over 3000 votes. The song was so well received; she decided to record it as the only cover for her most current release, Empty Glasses.
In 2017, Reagan started pursuing other avenues of performing where she could work, but still be home with her son. When a friend suggested that she should narrate audiobooks, she didn’t really consider it as an option. She didn't have access to the publishing world, and didn't have a lick of acting experience. Being from East Tennessee, she joked about her accent sounding like Andy Griffith. Fast-forward to 2019, and she now has indeed taken all her music and life experience - and her hillbilly accent, and jumped feet first in the deep end of the audiobook world. Everyone loves a great story, whether it’s music or books. She’s now doing both - and loves every minute of it. To get a sample of her narration work, check out Great Blue Hills of God, one of her recent projects for Penguin Random House.
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