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Your Mama Don't Like Me

Miss Quincy

December 5, 2010 Comments: 0

It’s almost an embarrassment on an Americana website to find that almost every excellent new act that comes to one’s attention is actually Canadian, but that’s simply the way it is. The sassy Miss Quincy, hailing from the northern reaches of British Columbia, instantly joins those ranks with her self-released debut album.
Bearing a sense of the renegade women of the old West mixed with a modern independence of spirit, her extraordinary clear voice and well-crafted, memorable songs will enter your imagination from the first hearing, ranging through bluegrass and barroom blues, gypsy jazz and something that is all of the above and yet also something unique.
The song “Dead Horse” carries most of the themes of the album as a whole – a woman seeking a place for herself amid the usual temptations – Loving married men and whiskey is like dragging a dead horse around. In fact, nearly every song has a reference to whiskey somewhere in it! The title song that opens the album also is the story of a woman berating her man for lying and misleading her, but ends with a twist that suggests the notion that will come up again, of a strong woman who grows stronger still with every setback.
The gypsy violin of Josh Giesbrecht and the mandolin of Reno Fitch set the tone for the entire album but are never better than in the instrumental “Reno’s Song” – written by Fitch of course. The album ends strongly with Memphis Minnie’s “Bad Luck Woman”, sung with the backing only of an upright bass and Miss Quincy’s own harmonica playing.
Miss Quincy – real name Jody Peck – recorded the album in her cabin during a cold snap that should shame us all for feeling inconvenienced by the recent snow – temperatures outside reached minus 40, and the CD case includes thanks for those who stocked the woodpile and ploughed the driveway. No doubt that sort of environment breeds women like Miss Quincy, and maybe it answers the question of why so many fantastic artists come from Canada!
Miss Quincy is touring the UK throughout most of February. Click here for gig details.
CD Release date: January 24
Naomi Koppel

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