Hello Love by The Be Good Tanyas on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

With Hello Love, the Vancouver, B.C., trio The Be Good Tanyas continue the inspired folk explorations that made their first two albums so irresistible. These women instinctively understand the power of subtlety, drawing surprising intensity from a lightly strummed guitar, a gently bowed fiddle, or a banjo plucked with delicate fingers. The singing is similarly low-key, yet forceful, as the Tanyas produce some seriously stunning harmonies — Frazey Ford mumbles mournfully and clips her words, Samantha Parton coos warmly, and Trish Klein travels the higher registers. And once again they mix some choice covers with their superb originals. There’s a sizzling take on Neil Young’s “For the Turnstiles,” and they merge their voices most tenderly on Mississippi John Hurt’s “Nobody Cares for Me.” They’ve also added some raw slide guitar in several places along with a judicious use of electric guitar that serve to make the acoustic instruments bite even harder. This is pure feel music with the ability to get deep under your skin. And regardless of how far they may drop the tempo, their music always manages to swing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Hello Love, the Vancouver, B.C., trio The Be Good Tanyas continue the inspired folk explorations that made their first two albums so irresistible. These women instinctively understand the power of subtlety, drawing surprising intensity from a lightly strummed guitar, a gently bowed fiddle, or a banjo plucked with delicate fingers. The singing is similarly low-key, yet forceful, as the Tanyas produce some seriously stunning harmonies — Frazey Ford mumbles mournfully and clips her words, Samantha Parton coos warmly, and Trish Klein travels the higher registers. And once again they mix some choice covers with their superb originals. There’s a sizzling take on Neil Young’s “For the Turnstiles,” and they merge their voices most tenderly on Mississippi John Hurt’s “Nobody Cares for Me.” They’ve also added some raw slide guitar in several places along with a judicious use of electric guitar that serve to make the acoustic instruments bite even harder. This is pure feel music with the ability to get deep under your skin. And regardless of how far they may drop the tempo, their music always manages to swing.

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About The Be Good Tanyas

The Be Good Tanyas play an old-timey blend of folk, country, and blues bolstered by sweet harmonies and traditional fingerpicking. The Vancouver trio has garnered comparisons to like-minded predecessors such as Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent. The group came together when Samantha Parton, who had spent her post-high-school years traveling with her guitar (drawing strong musical influence from visits to the Southern U.S.), returned to Vancouver. She and Jolie Holland initially formed the group, then added Frazey Ford and Trish Klein, whom Parton had met while planting trees in Nelson, British Columbia. (Ford and Winnipeg native Klein had met at Selkirk Music School in Nelson.) The musicians played together for the first time in 1999, busking outside the Lilith Fair venue in Vancouver. They soon moved on to local thrift store and coffee shop gigs. Holland left the group, and the remaining trio was soon touring Canada and released its debut album, Blue Horse, in 2001. Two years later, the ladies returned with the lighthearted sophomore effort Chinatown, while Hello Love, which included covers of Neil Young, Mississippi John Hurt, and even Prince, came out in 2006. The band officially went on hiatus in 2008, where it would remain until a performance at the 2011 Winnipeg Folk Festival. The following year saw the release of Collection, a career overview that included two new tracks. ~ Erik Hage

  • ORIGIN
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
  • FORMED
    1999

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