Saturday, August 25, 2012

CD Review: Janis Martin Releases Her Last "Sessions"

The final album by Rockabilly legend Janis Martin will be released on September 18 through Cow Island Music. This album was recorded in April 2007, five months before her death, by fellow rockabilly musician and fan Rosie Flores. Flores stated that “it was a dream come true” when she first met Martin in 1994 and is now is able to repay the favor by releasing her swan song “The Blanco Sessions.”

Janis Martin was nicknamed “the female Elvis” and this album proves that remark with her version of such songs as “Wild One (Real Wild Child)” and “Find Out What’s Happening.” Even at age 67, Janis Martin’s voice was so strong and pure as in “Sweet Dreams” that you just get lost in the moment listening to this song. The eleven songs on this album were recorded over the course of only two days, but you feel the spontaneity in her performances of “I Believe What You Say” and “Oh Lonesome Me.” The album closes with a duet with country singer Kelly Willis on the song “Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine.” Willis’ vocals were recorded in April 2011 in order flesh out the song’s vocals.

For more information on this release, please visit conqueroo.com/janismartin.html.

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