—Jonathan Aird, Americana UK
"Perseverance which brings this scratchy, lo-fi wonder; ‘Dancing‘ is a weary tribute to overcoming life’s turmoils and getting together with that person who really matters." [8/24/2018]
young readers Press
"Haunting folk rich in emotion."
"Jordan Herrera’s fragile voice and subtle determination are beautiful on their own, but they have a lot more gravitas when you know the story attached." [8/7/18]
—Clif - THE DADADA
"Calming and charming Oklahoma Americana; the album comes with a set of crayons, so you can color the cover as you fancy." [6/19/2013]
"Alone, “Homesick” feels pretty darn sad, but add the b-side “Hymnal” (another sad song) to the theoretically short listen, and by the last few notes, the uneasy tales told in these two songs begin to feel accepted and somehow complete." [5/24/2013]
—Sixeyes Music Blog
"A lonesome horn drags along like an underwater funeral procession, drums doing a shuffle stutter step, until Jordan Herrera reaches for the mic from his blood soaked bed in a Civil War infirmary." [5/24/2013]
—The Mad Mackerel
"The simplicity and honesty from Young Readers indie-folk, shot through with a dreamy, imaginary quality that (whisper it) calls to mind Sparklehorse or Jason Molina." [5/07/2013]
"Jordan Herrera (better known as Young Readers) released his Family Trees EP after a college professor told him he wasn’t cut out for school. The creative DIY efforts of Herrera are undeniable considering that each EP sleeve was printed on construction paper and came with a box of crayons, urging us all to create our own album art." [5/21/2013]
—Andrew Prieto - Dingus
"The 6-track release features warm, acoustic mid-west style folk songs with string arrangements that create, dare I say, a sound almost like a folk Jonsi." [3/21/2013]
10 Questions with Young Readers Feature
"EP ‘Family Trees’ Gives CD Format One Last Shot" Feature
"...the simplicity and honesty of Jordan’s voice and acoustic guitar swallowed me whole."
"Jordan Herrera has created more immediately lovable music in 25 minutes than many bands make in a lifetime. Family Trees is a gorgeous, heartfelt EP that will command your ears and heart."[5/21/12]
—OK Gazette Feature
"Color Me Busy" Feature
Top 20 Albums of the Year "I haven’t been floored as hard by an opening track all year as I was by 'All I Have.' Beautiful whisper-folk in the vein of old-school Iron and Wine."
Matters of the Heart: Top Love Songs of 2012
Top 10 Local Albums of 2012 "When an album comes wrapped in a coloring sheet and packed with a set of crayons, you get an idea of where you’re headed. Family Trees is as gentle and polite as you expect, but it’s not childish — more trying to remember, a few years and a few heartbreaks later, what being a kid was like. Songs like 'Boxcar' are quaint, lovely and warm your heart like little else could."