Luft and Edwards sound right at home together, and they may soon join duos like Mandolin Orange and Shovels & Rope among the ranks of Americana prestige. ”

— PASTE Magazine

Luft is a Wailin’ Jennys alum whose work on the clawhammer banjo is to die for, while Edwards’ guitar and vocal harmonies deepen and enrich the duo’s sound.”

— NPR Music

[One of the] 10 Folk Artists You Need to Know in 2019.”

— Paste Magazine

From Winnipeg: Cara Luft plays banjo, JD Edwards plays guitar, and in moments they find the darkening chord change the best bluegrass—from the Stanley Brothers to Be Good Tanyas—has always hidden in the sweet slide of the rhythm, the tiny shift where the person telling the story suddenly understands it.”

Greil Marcus in Pitchfork

Some things just work together: the Lennon and McCartney syndrome – and to witness a performance by The Small Glories is a rare opportunity to experience that indefinable quality that creates perfection... ”

David Allen, Americana UK

Luft and Edwards have turned [their] release into an unexpectedly auspicious occasion, thanks to a ruggedly dynamic collection of songs gleaned from a homespun perspective... The band spins their material with a clear authority and weathered resilience that belies their rookie status. "1000 Stars" and "Home" have the same kind of shout-out, hyper charged refrain that The Lumineers have used to their advantage, while the wistful but resilient "Holding On" solidifies the album's indelible imprint... The songs offer an instant allure, giving reason to listen again and again, simply because they're well worth reliving. In the end, "Wondrous Traveller" reflects the sum of its strengths - Luft's seasoned prowess, Edwards' obvious dexterity, and the rest of the band's ability to caress the arrangements and solidify the stance... Compelling? Clearly, no doubt.”

No Depression and Country Standard Time (writer: Lee Zimmerman)

I actually heard someone in the audience gasp! ... The Small Glories had us all totally enthralled.”

— Whitstable Sessions Music Club, UK

Can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards, playing and singing together as The Small Glories. It’s our loss they didn’t [join forces] sooner because Edwards and Luft are a folk-roots powerhouse... It’s magic. ★★★★”

— Winnipeg Free Press

'Holding On' is a thing of beauty... Floaty and sympathetic. Calming and tender. This is a song that, trust me, you really don’t want to end. Just one more verse? Another chorus? And another? Just one more? ... By the end of [this] second song you’re ready and eager for more... One of the best debuts I’ve heard in many a year.”

The Audiophile Man UK - Paul Rigby

The Small Glories succeed so well as a creative unit thanks to the commitment and skill of JD and Cara. Not only their commitment to the project but their commitment over decades to the music they love. As a result of their combined openness, they play and sing together like they’ve been doing it for years. [They] may have been thrown together entirely by accident, a recent collaboration in terms of their individual musical careers. This, however, is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate. ”

Folk Radio UK - Neil McFadyen