Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
"The Love I Have For You"
The Bon Ton Parade is now the Talkbacks, but Miss Tess — the queen up front — remains with her heart on her sleeve. Said heart is what influences Tess's music. And on her new six-cover, one-original platter "The Love I Have For You," Tess gives a nod to the roots of her roots music with songs from artists that make perfect sense, like Hank Williams, and fringe material you may not expect, from musicians like Randy Newman and Bonnie Raitt. In terms of playing, it sounds like the band is leaning in a little heavier as Miss Tess shifts from the gentler, jazzier strain of previous efforts to a more honky-tonk troubadour wail. Drop the needle in this one and kick up some sawdust.