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Tillamook Burn

by Lauren Sheehan & Zoë Carpenter

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  Song Share Time Download
1. Corrina
Lauren Sheehan & Zoë Carpenter
3:52 album only
2. Honey Baby Blues (feat. Zoë Carpenter, Laura Quigley & Greg Clarke)
Lauren Sheehan
2:43 album only
3. Roberta (feat. Phil Wiggins)
Lauren Sheehan & Zoë Carpenter
3:02 album only
4. Skinny Leg Blues
Lauren Sheehan & Zoë Carpenter
3:18 album only
5. In the Wee Midnight Hours
Lauren Sheehan
4:03 album only
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Stephen Winick, Folklorist

Tillamook Burn is Lauren Sheehan and Zoe Carpenter
Tillamook Burn is the bi-coastal duo of Lauren Sheehan and Zoë Carpenter.  Sheehan, an Oregon-based blues and Americana powerhouse, has been one of my favorite songsters for years. Here she sings and plays mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Carpenter, her amazingly talented daughter, may be known to Huffington Post readers as assistant Washington editor of The Nation, but she's also a soulful singer and impressive guitarist. It's particularly nice to hear Washington's greatest harmonica player, Phil Wiggins, guesting on "Roberta," a song he used to do with his late partner John Cephas. Also fun are "Skinny Leg Blues," a song by the classic blues singer Geeshie Wiley, whose mysterious past was recently explored in the New York Times; and "In the Wee Midnight Hours," a classic side by Blind Willie McTell and Curley Weaver, which sounds more like old-time country than blues. On all these tracks, as well as the traditional "Honey Baby Blues" and the somewhat re-written "Corrina" (with new parts by Carpenter), these ladies project soul, style, and skill with every note. See them live below in ‘Skinny Leg Blues’.

John McLaughlin

Tillamook is a Lovely Burn
*Tillamook Burn* is actually a mother/daughter duo, Lauren Sheehan - who's already got a fine career
running - and Zoe Carpenter, on I think her first outing. (A "burn" is the Scottish term for a wee, trickling brook, before it turns into a gushing torrent. Apt title.) Their harmonies and close picking tell you they've been singing together a long time - a twist on the "brothers' harmonies" you so often get in old-time and bluegrass music. This 5-song EP has you wishing there was more here. Just to get you used to their sound - presumably - they begin with two traditional songs which have been much recorded in recent years ("Corinna" and "Honey Baby Blues"), the latter slower-paced, the second up-tempo, excellent for clogging or soft-shoe footwork. This is followed by a mid-tempo "Roberta," from Phil Wiggins' catalogue, with Lauren taking lead and Zoe chiming in on the chorus. The fine harmonica break is Phil Wiggins himself, putting his stamp of approval on their rendition of his song. The fourth tune, "Skinny Leg Blues" has Zoe Carpenter on lead, with a funny but sultry sound. No teenager need apply; you wouldn't get it. Blind Willie McTell's, "In the Wee Midnight Hours" closes the EP, with a slow, almost wailing harmony that should cinch the deal - these ladies know what they're doing, fer sure. Here's hoping they get to a festival near you this Summer. If Lauren was aptly called, "A one-woman Americana jukebox" by the Huffington Post, they're gonna have to craft a new title for this duo.