"Although they blend elements of swings, blues, and rock, The Judy Chops cannot be contained into one singular genre. They are vibrant and passionate and full of love. You can hear the excitement and cohesion in every note. We have no doubt that The Judy Chops are an excellent live performance and we at DCMR cannot wait to watch them perform at Lockn’ Festival this summer."
- DC MUSIC REVIEW
"The Judy Chops sound fierce and rambunctious on each offering."
"Mostly recorded in the backwoods of central Virginia, The Judy Chops’ fourth studio LP Love Is the Answer carries a lot of Southern traditions ( a lot ); from soul to funk to rockabilly, the band jumps from genre to genre on almost every song. Even opener “Q 4 U,” sounds like a wacky vaudevillian romp and, over 11 tracks, The Judy Chops’ variety show marches onward. The septet—consisting of William Howard (electric guitar, vocals), Molly Murphy (hollowbody guitar, vocals), Sally Murphy (banjo, vocals), Mike Pressel (trumpet), Rachel Smith (baritone saxophone), Jims Hinkle (bass) and Jess Bergh (drums)—clearly enjoys navigating through all of these sonic changes. However, they’re at their most dynamic on the feel-good, soul-funk single “Lay My Love.”
"One of my favorite places to discover new music is at festivals like this week’s Red Wing Roots Music Festival presented by The Steel Wheels in Mt. Solon, Virginia. And three years ago, one of the acts my husband and I were lucky to find was The Judy Chops who hail from the nearby Shenandoah Valley.
...recorded in the backwoods near Staunton where the group calls home, “Love is the Answer,” is The Judy Chops’ fourth studio album. It oozes with Southern traditions from rockabilly to soul — one part New Orleans second line band complete with horns another part bluesy soul (think the Blues Brothers) and everything mixed in between."
- NO DEPRESSION