|Miss Tess — Baby, We All Know (July 8th, 2016)|
Miss Tess — Baby, We All Know (July 8th, 2016)
••• “Baby, We All Know” is a full–length original album, influenced by sounds of classic rhythm & blues, swamp pop & early rock n’ roll, and classic country & western, proving Miss Tess is an embodiment of everything that it still home–grown in America. Miss Tess is Brooklyn–based performing songwriter and bandleader. She currently tours with a tight–knit quartet complete with steel guitar, upright bass, drums, and herself on guitar and vocals. Similar to artists such at Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Madeleine Peyroux, or Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Miss Tess draws inspiration from older styles of music, and uses those sounds in the service of her own personality.Location: Brooklyn, New York ~ Nashville, Tennessee
Genre: Electric Blues, Dirty Blues, Americana
Album released: July 8th, 2016
Record Label: Rights Records
01. Ride That Train 3:10
02. Little Lola 4:10
03. It’s So Easy To Tell 3:17
04. I Can’t Help Myself 4:37
05. Do You Want My Love 3:15
06. Shotgun Wedding 1:57
07. Take You, Break You, Shake You 3:59
08. Don’t Blame Me 3:16
09. Moonshiner 3:49
10. Going Downtown 5:47
11. Lie To Me 3:40
℗ 2016 Miss TessReview
By Ben Rosner | August 2, 2016 | 4:45pm | Score: 8.2
•→ Miss Tess & The Talkbacks’ newest album Baby, We All Know could be described as an amalgamation of country–blues music with influences from artists both old and new. Pokey LaFarge, Lake Street Dive, Bonnie Raitt and Patsy Cline all come to mind when listening to this record. As one might expect from that listing of names, Baby, We All Know is decidedly old school. The album feels almost vaudevillian in nature, an aspect that works to its advantage. Miss Tess has a sulky charm to her voice that also echoes the feel of that era. Although they might have the energy and appeal of a newer act, this is hardly Miss Tess & The Talkbacks’ first rodeo. In fact, they’ve been around the block a few times, with Baby, We All Know being their 10th album. However, this LP definitely stands out among the rest, with hints of the previously mentioned Pokey LaFarge’s Something In The Water from a few years ago. That album catapulted LaFarge to the national spotlight. Thankfully, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks are here to continue this revival of throwback country–blues.
•→ Miss Tess, who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY was originally a Berklee College of Music alum who lived in Boston for quite some time. She was a large part of the music scene there, and over the four years she resided there, received several Boston Music Award nominations and even won once. However, it is obvious the Mid–Atlantic part of the country has a deep part in her songwriting style, as she is originally from Maryland. Her songs feel rooted in that region, and are suggestive of the heart of Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
•→ Baby, We All Know is definitely an album that deserves to be listened to as a whole. Miss Tess & The Talkbacks have truly crafted a winner. Tunes like “Little Lola” and “Do You Want My Love” feel like they belong on a jukebox in a ‘50s style diner, and “Shotgun Wedding” and “Ride That Train” feature some great guitar licks courtesy of electric guitarist Bryan Eaton. Regardless if you’re a fan of this kind of music or are looking for a prime point to jump off from, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks’ Baby, We All Know is definitely an album to add to your collection. •→ https://www.pastemagazine.com/ Description:
• On her upcoming release “Baby, We All Know”, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music. This full–length release features eleven finely crafted and well–sung original songs. Heightened by Tess prowess on her Weymann archtop guitar, she is accompanied by her top–notch band, The Talkbacks, featuring guitar ace and co–conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton. The songs were further enlivened with piano, organ, pedal steel, and fiddle in the studio. Bio:
• Tess says “I consider this my best yet collection of original music. In writing these tunes I stepped out of myself and into many different characters, based on real life and my imagination, and pulled sounds and stories from my musical fantasyland. Baby, we all know their secrets and on goings, in a world of mischief and troubled fun.” These songs were penned at Tess’s yearly writing retreat in New Hampshire, and at her home in Nashville. Yet time and place don’t bear much relevance here; the subjects she speaks through live in the streets of New Orleans, in the backwoods hollers of Tennessee, on a train heading to Mexico, and under the sheets.
• Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, her childhood nights ending in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. Tess studied pianomas a child, and continued on as a teenager to take up the guitar and singing, and eventually began her own studies in early jazz and blues. All grown up, Miss Tess and The Talkbacks regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country and honky–tonk, southern rhythm & blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home–grown in America.
• Miss Tess has been releasing albums and leading a band for over a decade, spanning her career over many different cities including Baltimore, Boston, NYC, and her new home base of Nashville, TN. Straddling her move from New York to Nashville, Baby, We All Know was recorded in both cities. The recording cast includes her steady band mate and co–producer, Thomas Bryan Eaton, producer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt), Robin Macmillan, Jake Silver (Lee Fields), Roy Williams, Stefan Zeniuk, Eric Frey (The Revelers), Dominic Billet (Andrew Combs), Kai Welch, John Pahmer, Aaron Shaffer–Haiss, Oliver Craven (The Stray Birds), Maya De Vitry (The Stray Birds) and Caitlin Canty.
• A follow up to 2012’s Sweet Talk and 2013’s The Love I Have for You, both released on Signature Sounds Recordings, Baby, We All Know will be released independently. As she expands and grows more into her own sound, Tess is still hard to categorize. She says “Many times after the show somebody will come up to compliment the band and ask me what kind of music we just played. After mumbling through a few different genres I usually just tell them it’s mymusic and hope they enjoyed the show”.
• Enjoyable is just what Baby, We All Know is, propelled by the classic quality of Tess’s vocals, compelling and totally believable. The production throughout is the right balance of punch and rhythm, without getting in the way of the vocals or songwriting, giving this collection of songs a plentiful dose of old–school swagger.Albums:
•• Modern Vintage
•• When Tomorrow Comes
•• Sweet Talk
•• The Love I Have For You
•• Darling, Oh Darling
•• Live on the Road
•• Baby, We All Know
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BY JIM MORRISON, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013: http://nodepression.com/article/whats-name-miss-tess-and-talkbacks••••••_________________________________________________••••••
|Miss Tess — Baby, We All Know (July 8th, 2016)|