The Blanco Sessions

The Blanco Sessions

by Janis Martin


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The Blanco Sessions

Rosie Flores brought rockabilly legend Janis Martin in to sing on her 1995 album Rockabilly Filly, sparking a friendship that eventually led to Flores producing Martin in 2007. Janis passed away a few months after she cut 12 songs with Flores and co-producer Bobby Trimble, and those recordings remained shelved until Cow Island Music's 2012 release of The Blanco Sessions. The idea behind these sessions was to cut Martin the way she recorded back in the '50s, when she was one of a handful of pioneering female rockabilly singers. Flores and Trimble rounded up a bunch of Austin musicians, headed out to Blanco, and then recorded live with Martin, tearing through these songs in a mere two days. The Blanco Sessions does indeed feel alive: it jumps and swings, there's grit and dirt in the grooves, it has the spark and crackle of a live performance. Flores and Trimble evoke the spirit of Sun studios without desperately chasing a ghost; this has the ambience of a small room, so there's a bit of a noir-ish mystique to the sound of the album that's hard to resist. Conceptually, this is a throwback, but The Blanco Sessions is too lively to be categorized as nostalgia, and that's not just because the material is varied, with Dave Alvin's "Long White Cadillac" sitting alongside Jerry Lee Lewis' "It'll Be Me" and Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams." This is music that lives for the present, which means although Martin is singing in the style she did back in the '50s, it's from the perspective of a 67-year-old woman. And what a voice she had for a 67-year-old woman! She sounds full, strong, and rich, arguably more resonant than she did in the '50s, and she tears into these songs. There is a palpable joy to this music, coming from Martin and her band, and that's what makes The Blanco Sessions such a terrific coda to her career: this is not a self-conscious last testament, but rather a celebration of everything that made Janis Martin great.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
Label: Cow Island
UPC: 0801655298527
catalogNumber: 20
Rank: 105342

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janis Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rosie Flores   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kelly Willis   Vocals
Sarah Brown   Electric Bass
Bobby Trimble   Drums,Background Vocals
Dave Biller   Guitar
Walter Daniels   Harmonica
T. Jarrod Bonta   Electric Piano
Darin Murphy   Harmonica
Beau Sample   Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Jonathan Doyle   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Rosie Flores   Producer,Liner Notes,Duet
Don Gibson   Composer
Kelly Willis   Duet
Dave Alvin   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Bobby Trimble   Producer
Billy Scott   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Johnny O'Keefe   Composer
Gregory Carmichael   Composer
Johnny Grenan   Composer
Jack Landers   Composer
Stephen R. Floyd   Composer
Randy Fox   Liner Notes

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