Musically speaking, nothing on The DL Sessions is terribly remarkable — but in all respects, it’s soulful and sincere, which makes the whole thing remarkable in and of itself. Acoustic rock is often schlocky, tossed from every coffee shop in the world like day-old grounds. But with Luke and Jessi Rothbauer’s voices interlacing with Dave Chandler’s fluid guitar, there is an irresistible quality in this collection.
To begin with, there’s no other word to use but stunning for Jessi’s a cappella track “Down.” The album peaks on “Ebb & Flow,” where Jessi’s voice takes charge, throwing itself around the playfully heartfelt lyrics while Chandler’s offhanded but earnest guitar lines complement Luke’s understated harmonies perfectly. By “Story of an Old Guitar,” it’s more than apparent that DL aren’t just great performers but talented, capable songwriters.