CD: TAMRA ROSANES – Over The Ocean


Over The Ocean
Where Have All The Flowers Gone – There Is A
Tavern In The Town – My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean – Old Folks At Home –
Home On The Range – Red River Valley – Greensleeves – Midnight Special –
Shenandoah – Last Thing On My Mind – Down In The Valley – Goodnight
Tamra Rosanes is without a doubt one of the best American
American-Style singers to record and perform her music in the country of
Denmark and the entire Scandinavian area of Europe for that matter. 
Tamra is a kind of Dolly Parton of the Scandinavian countries, doing a
lot of pop-country as well as traditional and classic country, but she
also likes to sing the songs she grew up with, and put together this
very attractive ‘folk’ style album.  Using some of the best of
Scandinavian musicians as her backing, she has brought these old
folk-songs alive again, with a very different approach, and certainly a
very entertaining way.  I enjoyed listening to each and every  one of
these great old songs, for a couple of reasons.  One, they are all songs
that I have either performed or recorded for the Smithsonian
Institution, and also because they are the best of the folk songs that
still survive, and Tamra does a remarkable job presenting them in her
very own very distinctive style.  She begins with the popular Pete
Seeger song ‘Where Have all The Flowers Gone.”  Seeger is also one of
the recording artists and songwriters that works for the Smithsonian. 
It’s Tamra Rosanes however, who brings new life to these songs. I
especially liked “Home On The Range.”  Somehow I can hear birds singing
in the intro, and the harmony that accompanies her beautiful voice is
very apt.  “Greensleeves” is another incredibly adapted song, old as it
is, to a more modern presentation.  It’s stunningly beautiful.  Tamra
picked two songs written by the famous Huey Ledbetter, both of then
written by his experiences in a jail cell.  The first of a train that
ran by the prison late at night, and the second his girlfriend that
lived in an old apartment house across the tracks from that same
railroad.  Both excellently done.  This incredible CD was recorded in
two huge sessions, one in Oslo, Norway, and one in Copenhagen, Denmark. A
tremendous number of musicians, and all of them different for both
sessions.  What a massive undertaking to be so well done.  For some
reason my computer player would not let me listen to the last two songs,
both of them classic folk tunes.  Kudos to Tamra Rosanes for a terrific
CD that belongs right in the country, western, and folk music library
of anyone who likes really good music. 
for Country Music News International Magazine

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