Pop Culture Classics
COLLEEN RENNISON - “SEE THE SKY ABOUT TO RAIN”
Vancouver native Colleen Rennison is an impressive blues-rock-country-folk singer in the Joss Stone/Bonnie Raitt vein. She has put together a very cool mix of songs here, drawing from such classic songwriters as Booker T., Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Townes Van Zandt, Joni Mitchell, Bobbie Gentry, Billy Cowsill and Leonard Cohen. Knowing when to belt and when to opt for subtler expressions, Rennison puts her own indelible stamp on such numbers as “Coyote,” “All La Gory, “Why Don’t You Try” and Sarah Harmer’s “Oleander,” where she’s backed by the beautiful harmonies of the McCrary Sisters. Bluegrass icon Tim O’Brien joins her on “White Freightliner.” Though she’s only 25, Rennison displays a deep understanding of the timeless material.