Crossroads Blues Society
This is a cool and interesting set of songs this young Canadian singer has chosen to perform on her debut solo album Backing her is the phenomenal fellow Canadian Steve Dawson on guitar and a host of other exceptional musicians. Mixing country, folk and blues, it’s an outstanding sampler of what Ms.Rennison can do.
“All La Glory” starts us off and Rennison shows us real emotion and feeling in her vo- cals. “White Freightliner” takes us to the hills with some great fiddle an mandolin by Tim O’Brien and Dawson does a great job on dobro and his National guitar. “Whiskey, Whiskey” stats with some mean slide and then Rennison gets all sultry and sexy in her delivery. Darryl Hayes on organ adds a nice di- mension here as does a well-arranged horn section. “Oleander” is pure, old school country and the McCrary sisters help out in backing Colleen. The brushes on the drums are like the wind whipping through heavy reeds in a marsh and Dawson continues to impress on guitar. “Why Don’t You Try” has some banjo by Dawson and convincing vocals by Renni- son as she delivers poignant lyrics. “Fancy” is an old Bobby Gentry cut and it was really interesting and well done.
“Blue Wing” is an emotionally delivered ballad while “Stage Fright” is a familiar cut done in a new and original way with nice horns and an assortment of guitars. Rennison is convincing on her vocals. Joni Mitchell’s “Coyote” gets a sweet treatment. Dawson opens “The Fool is the Last One to Know” on full Nashville glory and Colleen struts her country stuff well here. “My Crew” is a Booker T. Jones cut where Rennison bares here soul as the McCrary’s return to back her. She closes with Neil Young’s “See the Sky About To Rain.” Another cool selection and she and the band deliver it well.
More country than anything else, still there is a lot of great music and talent here to appreciate. If you like to be taken to the country, then Ms. Rennison’s debut will tickle your fancy!