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Baby, We All Know

by Miss Tess

"Baby, We All Know" is a full-length original album, influenced by sounds of classic rhythm & blues, swamp pop & early rock n’ roll, and classic country & western, proving Miss Tess is an embodiment of everything that it still home-grown in America.
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1. Ride That Train
3:10 $1.29
2. Little Lola
4:10 $1.29
3. It's so Easy to Tell
3:20 $1.29
4. I Can't Help Myself
4:38 $1.29
5. Do You Want My Love
3:17 $1.29
6. Shotgun Wedding
2:01 $1.29
7. Take You, Break You, Shake You
4:01 $1.29
8. Don't Blame Me
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9. Moonshiner
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10. Going Downtown
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11. Lie to Me
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"I don’t know of anyone else right now touring in the Americana scene that has such an eclectic, jazzy, old school and interesting vibe. There’s an authenticity present in Miss Tess’ music. It is not contrived, not too far a stretch for the skeptical imagination. She is real. And she is rare." – No Depression

On her new record Baby, We All Know, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music. This full-length release features eleven finely crafted original songs, accompanied by top-notch musicians pleasingly augmenting her sound with piano and organ, pedal steel, and fiddle. Miss Tess also adds her own virtuosity with her electric archtop guitar, and is tastefully complimented by her steady bandmate and co-producer Thomas Bryan Eaton on guitar & pedal steel.

Tess says “This is what I consider to be my best yet collection of original tunes. In the writing of these tunes I stepped out of myself and into many different characters, based on real life and my imagination, and pulled sounds and stories from my musical fantasyland. Baby, we all know their secrets and on goings, in a world of mischief and troubled fun.” These songs were penned at Tess’s yearly writing retreat in New Hampshire, and at her home in Nashville. However, time and place don’t bear much relevance here. The subjects she speaks through live in the streets of New Orleans, in the backwoods hollers of Tennessee, on a train heading to Mexico, and under the sheets.

Miss Tess has been releasing albums and leading a band for over a decade, spanning her career over many different cities including Baltimore, Boston, NYC, and her new home base of Nashville, TN. Straddling her move from New York to Nashville, Baby, We All Know was recorded in both cities. The recording cast includes Robin Macmillan (engineering and playing drums on the new york sessions), Jake Silver (upright & electric bass Lee Fields), Roy Williams (piano), Stefan Zeniuk (bari & tenor sax), Dan Knobler (co-producing, mixing the album, and recording & engineering the Nashville sessions Rodney Crowell, Tift Merritt), Eric Frey (bass The Revelers, Grammy nominated), Dominic Billet (drums Andrew Combs), Kai Welch (organs and keyboards), John Pahmer (piano), Aaron Shaffer-Haiss (percussion), Oliver Craven (fiddle, backup vox The Stray Birds), Maya De Vitry (backup vox The Stray Birds), Caitlin Canty (backup vox)

Tess got her musical start at home in Maryland, saying as a child her nights ended in music. Her parents would sing her to sleep with the gentle, tender sounds of American folk songs, occasionally interrupted by their 30s swing band rehearsing in the basement. She studied piano as a child, and continued on as a teenager to take up the guitar and singing, and began her own studies in early jazz and blues. All grown up, Miss Tess and her band The Talkbacks regularly steal the show at venues with something a little rowdier and more eclectic. Infused with classic country and honky-tonk, southern rhythm & blues, New Orleans jazz and swing, and sounds of swamp pop and early rock n’ roll, she is an embodiment of everything that it still home-grown in America.

A follow up to 2012’s Sweet Talk and 2013’s The Love I Have for You, both released on Signature Sounds Recordings, Miss Tess is putting this new album out independently. As she expands and grows more into her own sound, Tess is still hard to categorize. She says “Many times after the show somebody will come up to compliment the band and ask me what kind of music we just played. After mumbling through a few different genres I usually just tell them it’s my music and hope they enjoyed the show”.

Enjoyable is just what Baby, We All Know is, propelled by the classic quality of Tess’s vocals, which are compelling and totally believable. The production throughout is the right balance of backing punch and danceable rhythm, without getting in the way of the vocals or songwriting. Cited influences on this album include Fats Domino, Creedence Clearwater, The Coasters, Al Green, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Tom Waits, giving this collection of songs features a plentiful dose of old school swagger.



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