MONDAY BLUES REVIEW
Act: Twilight Trio
Album Title: Finally Made It Home
Awards: Austin Blues Society Self-Produced CD Competition, 2014, winner
Ginger Rum: Alright! Our first Monday Blues Review, and it’s a winner.
I Ain’t No Woman: Literally. 1st place in this year’s ABS Self-Produced CD Competition
GR: We hear many bands introduce a song as “delta blues.” I often strain to hear what they are talking about. A slide guitar does not a delta blues make. There are definitely songs here, however, that take me right to the bayous.
IANW: What about alligators?
Scotchy: Dude, I saw the biggest alligator last week when we were out hiking-
GR: Have y’all seen those albino alligators?
IANW: So. Delta Blues.
IANW: So we have about 50/50 originals and covers with this album. The choices for covers are fairly tasteful – nothing that has been beaten to death. Everything blends in. The music on this album really seems designed to support the singer, and it does a very good job of that.
GR: Yes, the arrangements are seamless, and really allow the vocalists’ voices to stand out. Joanna Ramirez’s sultry and soulful mezzo-soprano is an absolute treat. Looking at their trio, I am amazed at how they take such a unique blend of instruments and come up with something that sounds so smooth and rich.
IANW: Mmm. Tasty mezzo-soprano.
GR: Personally, my two favorite songs are Why Did We Have to Say Goodbye and Finally Made It Home. We also find some good delta sound on In The Dark. The first is just a damn fine ballad. You can really hear the emotion in the singer’s voice. The interesting chord choices lean more towards a country blues progression, but there is nothing wrong with that.
IANW: Not at all. Nice and lazy guitar – lazy is a good thing. It fits well. It’s tasteful.
GR: This whole song is tasteful. I can’t wait to hear them play it live sometime. People should be slow dancing.
IANW: Finally Made It Home is the one that has a bit of a Beach Boys influence, crossed with Dylan. Or maybe a Dylan influence with a touch of Beach Boys.
GR: Six of one, half dozen of another…
IANW: The harmonies are great. [IANW is already starting to learn it on guitar]
GR: And a sweet harmonica. Mmm. I love blues harp. Then there's Livin' Hell, with great interplay between the vocal and harmonica parts.
IANW: They really like that turn around. One more time! Nope, one more time! It’s very John Lee Hooker-like.
IANW: Let’s not forget the covers. They almost sound like originals.
GR: They have some amazing interpretations that allow them to bring their own style and sound to songs that have their staying power in their own right. I love the subtle, precise harmonica on Love Is a Losing Game. Its haunting counterpoint accents the lyrics so beautifully.
IANW: And, then there is their cover of I Just Wanna Make Love To You.
GR: They totally changed it up!
IANW: Yep, it’s quite a change up.
GR: I really like it. Toe-tapping good music there, yes it is. The syncopation is great.
IANW: Mmm hmm. It’s kind of addicting.
GR: We also really liked their cover of Trouble Blues.
IANW: Sweet. Some Blues guitar.
GR: In summary?
IANW: OK. Final thoughts. While overall, we really like and recommend this album, the snare on the first two tracks was pounding my ears to death. But, the rest of the album, they seemed to have pulled that back some. The whole album blends well, and is very tasteful. Many of their songs are in G, but it works.
GR: Yes, I agree about that snare. Outside that, though, this is a damn fine self-produced album. It doesn’t hurt that these musicians are absolutely stellar, and the music selection really fits well together. So, bottom line – we enjoyed listening to this album. It had some really awesome things, the musicians were tight, and the songs catchy. We definitely recommend it as a buy, and hope to see this trio on stage soon!