CD Review – Lauren Sheehan – Rose City Ramble
Wilson River Records – 503-224-6729
Lauren Sheehan covers a wide range of music, and drives a lively string band on Rose City Ramble. The talented singer, guitar, dobro, banjo and mandolin player tackles songs by the Stanley Brothers, Memphis Minnie, Blind Willie McTell, and Hank Williams as well as many of her own songs and arrangements on this worthwhile release. Working alongside Michael Ballash, Betsy Branch, Zoe Carpenter, Greg Clarke, Laura Quiqley, Dean Meuller, Elizabeth Nicholson, Terry Robb and Johnnie Ward, the recording is of uniformly high standard, but still contains much of the atmosphere that made some of this music so affecting.
Close harmony vocals feature on Blind Willie McTell’s ‘In the Wee Midnight Hours’ whilst a lively rhythm section drives ‘Dirty Rat Swing’ by Memphis Minnie. Lauren Sheehan’s own songs can hold their own in such august company, with the swing Mandolin piece ‘Louie’s Blues’ being a particularly fine example, whilst the atmospheric and delicate ‘Chilly Waters’ is a quiet study in introspection. In all, this album contains some fine examples of Americana roots music, as well as being able to re-introduce this body of work to a brand new audience. Further Information from www.LaurenSheehanmusic.com