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EDITORS’ NOTES

Vancouver's Be-Good Tanyas have been on break since 2007, so the two new tunes here ("Little Black Bear" and "Gospel Sons") should encourage long-suffering fans who've been awaiting a sign of life from one of roots-Americana's finest groups. Jolie Holland cowrote "The Littlest Birds" before moving on to a respected solo career, while Frazey Ford, Trish Klein, and Samantha Parton continued their rustic ways together. With harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, their originals sound as authentic as their covers of ancient folk and blues. The tracks here are mostly from their three studio albums (Blue Horse, Chinatown, and Hello Love), each of which is a complete statement on its own. Yet as a summary, A Collection features plenty of highlights. Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die" attains a disturbing quiet. Neil Young's "For the Turnstiles" sounds completely natural in the company of the classic blues "In My Time of Dying" and the somber piano ballad "Song for R." Fans of "old-time" music and emotionally resonant folk shouldn't overlook this fine trio.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vancouver's Be-Good Tanyas have been on break since 2007, so the two new tunes here ("Little Black Bear" and "Gospel Sons") should encourage long-suffering fans who've been awaiting a sign of life from one of roots-Americana's finest groups. Jolie Holland cowrote "The Littlest Birds" before moving on to a respected solo career, while Frazey Ford, Trish Klein, and Samantha Parton continued their rustic ways together. With harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, their originals sound as authentic as their covers of ancient folk and blues. The tracks here are mostly from their three studio albums (Blue Horse, Chinatown, and Hello Love), each of which is a complete statement on its own. Yet as a summary, A Collection features plenty of highlights. Townes Van Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die" attains a disturbing quiet. Neil Young's "For the Turnstiles" sounds completely natural in the company of the classic blues "In My Time of Dying" and the somber piano ballad "Song for R." Fans of "old-time" music and emotionally resonant folk shouldn't overlook this fine trio.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

20 Ratings

Oh Susanna

Billy Harper, Jr.,

Clearly a classic song, but even better is their rendition. The vocals are kind of raw like most of their stuff but with great harmonies that have simply lured me in to want more and see how they treat the next song. Can't get too much of the Be Good Tanyas!

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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