"When we meet musicians and artists that we admire, often we are struck by how “down-to-earth” or “just like us” they are. When we finally had the pleasure of getting to know Kim Nall offstage, the effect was quite the opposite, in the best possible way. Nall is hypnotic, charismatic, and bold even in her bar banter; a purveyor of big ideas and smoldering glances even in her off hours. But this young musician is still humble about her work. Of her debut album Lay Your Vision Down, the magnetic frontwoman of Kim Nall & The Fringe said, “Hopefully we’ve made something that touches someone else.”
And touch people it does. Produced by Grady Don Sandlin and Justin Collins, the record features Nall on lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Petra Kelly on violin and vocals; Matt Shasteen on electric guitar, 12-string, baritone, and lap steel; Josh Kitchens on bass; Taylor Sims on keyboards; and Charlie Moore on drums. Nall herself has been a part of the Denton music scene since moving to the city in 2008 to attend the University of North Texas. After years of playing with other bands, in the spring of 2015 she formed Kim Nall & The Fringe, whose sound can be described with various provocative designations: country noir, moody Americana; a sermon not from the mount, but instead from the flat, democratic vistas of north Texas.
Nall has been singing since childhood and playing guitar since her early teens. According to her own bio, with these talents in hand she “immediately began writing sad songs.” This fascination with the darker side of country, with sadness itself, can be felt on Lay Your Vision Down, but is balanced by the audible-if-restrained joy in Nall’s smoky voice, which winds its way through this record like a flowering creeper vine."
-Caitlin Pryor for The Dentonite, January 2017