Circus Comes to Town, a series of elegies to her late drummer and partner, Johnny Kuhlken.
“I take the road less traveled/It’s loose and unraveled/Where I’m bound, heaven only knows,” Sara Petite muses on “Road Less Traveled,” the title track of her 2017 album. The San Diego singer kicks up her heels with homespun original country tunes that also draw from folk and bluegrass influences. But Petite is more than just a quaint revivalist, and she slyly mixes in classic-rock references in her songs, such as a lyrical nod to Bruce Springsteen (“a vagabond like me was born to run”) in “Road Less Traveled.” She even gets a bit surreal in “Good 2 B Me,” which was inspired by a dream she had about Tom Petty. Petite charted the landscape of loss and devastation on her moving 2013 release,