A solid mix of blues and rockin’ roots music is at the heart of her fifth album. There’s also a touch of rockabilly here that makes for an overall outing that convinces. Her producer Steve Dawson is back at the helm and plays guitar and pedal steel. Bass is provided by Jeremy Holmes and Gary Craig is the drummer. Add to that Jim Hoke on some telling harmonica and saxophone and Matt Combs on fiddle, adding some diversity to the mix, that broadens its blues base out to something more Americana. These are solid and sustained performances all round with Danser’s expressive voice front and centre.
Danser is also the writer of the majority of the songs and they sit easily alongside the covers of classic blues songs. Both, Chevrolet Car (Sam McGee) and Train I Ride (Mississippi Fred McDowell), relating to travel and traveling on and given solid workouts, especially the six-minute take on the latter with its atmospheric blend of sax and guitar. The playing throughout is a pleasure and reminds of the close relationship that the blues has to most other elements of roots music.
The swampy feel is present on a number of the tracks though Danser can deliver a more stripped-down setting as she does on the evocative and enlightening My Townwhich is a recollection of growing up and growing away. The album finishes on the appropriately titled Time For Me To Go. It ends an accomplished album from Danser and the ever-present Steve Dawson who seems to be involved with a great many roots production projects emerging from Canada, as well as being an artist in his own right. It is easy to see why he wanted to continue his association with an artist of Danser’s talent. The blues may not be for every listener but when it is as engaging and varied as this, it should at least garner some attention across the board.