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 output, their roots run deep, enabling them to tackle Stephen Foster’s “Oh! Susanna” with the same ease of their banjo-driven cover of Neil Young’s obscure “For the Turnstiles.” A Collection gathers these and other well-loved fan favorites as well as two new cuts “Little Black Bear,” the first, is constructed with precious three-part harmonies, attached gently — like lace on a Sunday’s best church dress — to finger-picked acoustic guitar. Frazey Ford sings “Gospel Song,” the other new song, with bluesy fervor, her vocal grit tempered by Samantha Parton and Trish Klein’s sweetness. The result sounds as timeless as it does fresh.
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 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 Peter Blackstock on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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 m...
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...