Canadian all-female trio the Be Good Tanyas were a fair bit ahead of the curve on the string band revival; Blue Horse, their debut album, came out in 2001. Banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin figure prominently in their mix of traditionals (including the oft-covered "Coo Coo Bird" and the not-enough-covered gem "Lakes of Pontchartrain") and originals. The cut that leaps off the album is neither traditional nor original, but rather a song called "Light Enough to Travel," which was written by their Vancouver contemporary Geoff Berner. (Berner's solo-accordion original version is also available on eMusic, for the curious.)
By Wondering Sound Staff on 09.17.14 in News
"Weather Pattern," from Frazey Ford's second solo LP Indian Ocean, is soft and breezy, with the Be Good Tanyas member singing in a wavering, almost slurred alto. Backed by swelling horns, saxophone and an organ, the song...
By Dan MacIntosh on 07.17.12 in Reviews
With The Be Good Tanyas, it's always been a case of quality over quantity: A Collection (2000-2012), their new 14-song retrospective, covers a mere three albums stretching over a 12-year period. But however sparse their...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.11.12 in Lists
Considering the incredible reach of Woody Guthrie's influence, we decided to ask a few artists to share their favorite Woody Guthrie songs and talk a bit about what it means to them.
By Amelia Raitt on 07.20.10 in Reviews
On Obadiah, singer/songwriter Frazey Ford forges her own path — her first away from her former Americana outing, the Be Good Tanyas. This set isn't a drastic change from the band's body of rich, harmony-lad...