ACHIN IN YER BONES
Romi Mayes is one of those under appreciated musical gems which exist in Canada.
Hailing from Manitoba, she is a veteran of the Canadian music scene with a number of disks to her credit, including the 2006 release Sweet Somethin' Steady, an excellent CD I have enjoyed. It went on to earn Mayes a Western Canada Music Association award as Songwriter of the Year. And then there was the 2007 release Beverley Street: The Songs of David Essig by The D.Rangers and Mayes. Considering Essig is an icon in Canadian roots, that is a disk I would love to hear.
This CD is certainly one keeping with her past effort in terms of quality, starting with the title cut, which kicks off this CD. It is a song in the truest tradition of folk in that the lyrics tell a story, in this case a story of our country.
As good as the title cut is, and believe me it's very good, I can't call it the best among the 10 songs here.
If the Lord Don't Love You is the best of the bunch here. It is a deep, bluesy cut, where Mayes get down into the mood of the music and her voice simply fits the style. Very sweet indeed.
When Mayes turns to Mercy On Me, with some nice duet vocals with song co-writer Gurf Morfix, the pair come up with a definite winner as well. The pair really do combine well vocally. It is a combination I would have liked to have seen a bit more of on the album, since Morfix plays bass or guitar on all but one song here.
Tire Marks goes a bit more country, and honestly could be a hit on country radio if given a listen by programmers.
Mayes should be as well known as Anne Murray or Shania Twain or Jann Arden. Yes her style is different than each of these women, but at the same time, she's every bit as talented.
This truly is a CD to search out, excellent as it is from start to finish.
Check it out at www.romimayes.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 24, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada