There’s a lot to complain about the Grammy’s. People love to crap all over it. Hell, I have more than a few gripes about it myself. And that’s not just coming from a member of the Recording Academy, but also a former judge in the Engineering Committee of NARAS’s New York Chapter!! But in spite of itself, I have to admit something. I think their process works.
Some albums take you back in time, while others make time irrelevant. Radio Parade by Jenna Nichols is one of those albums. Released in 2018, Radio Parade consists of seven songs. Each song has a distinct narrative, yet they are cohesive. The album's orchestrations range from ukeleles to steel guitar all mixed with jazz undertones. It takes you back in time while standing staunchly in 2019.
Tasha Taylor was born to the blues. The daughter of Stax soul legend Johnnie Taylor, Tasha literally grew up surrounded by music. She'd often leave her hometown of Dallas to go on tour with her father, learning the grind of the music business firsthand. Taylor sang with Jack Mack & the Heart Attack and then became part of Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi's revived Blues Brothers tour revue. Simultaneously, she began placing solo songs on soundtracks -- she had cuts on both Men in Trees and Lipstick Jungle -- which led to the release of her debut album, Revival, in 2008. Her second album, Taylormade, is a de facto salute to her father. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The sophomore collaboration with producer/bandmate Mark Williams (O.A.R., Fountains of Wayne, Vertical Horizon) features Carson's signature pop sound ("Be Here", "Hey Baby") sprinkled with delicate ballads ("Wonder", "Arlymae"). Several tracks demonstrate the range of both songwriting and production including the epic opener "Sail On" (feat. DC Gospel Choir) or the Bon Iver-inspired falsetto on "Shine"…
The Deepest Sea draws influence from Sun Kil Moon, Sigor Ros, Bon Iver and has an analogue, raw feel to the production thanks to Green Door's Samuel J Smith who mixed and mastered The Deepest Sea with haunting melancholy featured throughout this mini-album which then has anthemic bursts of fuzz, grunge and pop.