Mandy Barnett laughs when she's asked "What took you so long?" to make Strange Conversation, her progressive take on the postmodern American songbook. Sure, she's a classicist who's channeled Patsy Cline in a theatrical musical, recorded classic country songs with legendary producer Owen Bradley, and transfixed known musicos Seymour Stein, Arif Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun with her timeless stylings. But Barnett, who signed her first major label deal at age 12, decided she needed a change.
"I needed to cleanse my palette," explains the woman with a voice that's all sultry velour. "I'm a torch singer, somebody who can do a little bit of everything. Pop, blues, gospel, country, soul - songs with emotion are what I do."
"The truth is every album I've made has been Americana, even that first Asylum album with the Jim Lauderdale songs, but the arrangements were more timeless, more to the classic songbook. And Americana's a broad genre that has elements of pop and retro, soul music. So this time, I leaned away from what people expect from me - and into things that made me reach, and stretch."
Produced by Marco Giovino (musical director for Tom Jones, producer of Amelia White) and Doug Lancio (producer of John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Gretchen Peters, and more) for Thirty Tigers and Barnett's own label Dame Productions, Strange Conversation places the vocalist between obscure vintage pop and modern progressive songwriting.
Think Lee Hazlewood and the Tams meet Tom Waits and Greg Garing with a little Mable John thrown in.
- More Lovin'
- It's All Right (You're Just in Love)
- Dream Too Real to Hold
- Strange Conversation
- A Cowboy's Work is Never Done
- Puttin' on the Dog
- All Night
- My World Keeps Slipping Away
- The Fool
- Put a Chain on It
Strange Conversation - Mandy Barnett
- Artist: Barnett, Mandy
- Product Code: 752830286474
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