Winnie Brave | Americana Roots Duo
"I think the beauty in WinnieBrave's music is the beauty of two longtime friends making music together."
"After listening to the whole thing, I only wanted to play it again and play it for others to hear."
SIMPLY THE BEST (Album Review)
Written by John Swartz
Published by Orillia Packet & Times, 01/29/2014
I just got a copy of Amy and Brad McIsaac's new disc, WinnieBrave.
Wow. You need to own this disc. It’s absolutely the best thing I’ve heard from all of our local musicians (Lance Anderson excepted), and there have been many great discs recorded by our locals.
The songwriting is great and the singing, better. The instrumentation, playing and arranging are really slick. Tim Vesley did a remarkable job recording it live in the studio and mixing the disc. It ranks up there with my favourite discs (Steely Dan, for example) to listen to from a purely technical standpoint.
When I popped it into the player and heard the first tune, the only word I could come up with to describe it was “gorgeous” — and that’s a word I’m not known to use because I’m not Rex Reed.
After listening to the whole thing, I only wanted to play it again and play it for others to hear.
The disc has an overall country kind of feel, but it’s way more intelligent than other country music of late. If stations like KICX 106 don’t play this until it breaks, there’s something really wrong with country music in general. I suspect it will be popular across the board in many other genres.
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ALBUM FEATURE (Album Review)
Written by Joseph J Cornelisse
Published by Sonic More Music, 02/05/2014
When you’re given a record to listen
to with song titles like “Memphis”, “Tennessee” and “The Storm” instantaneously you get this picture in your mind of dusty back roads and small towns; and when the name of the band just happens to coincide with a storied form of transportation that traveled those back roads you just know the music will run deep and true…as it does on the new album from WinnieBrave.
WinnieBrave (formerly Hey Amy) are Canadian duo made up of Amy McIsaac & Brad McIsaac, the story goes that the two of them sold everything they owned, packed up their dogs and gear and journeyed to the deep south of Texas; where they played their asses off for 3 months, then trekked their way back to the great white north …not before immersing themselves in the whiskey-soaked Texas air that’s spread all throughout this album.
Amy McIsaac’s voice leads you on a trip throughout the storied past of country music when it was still country, from quiet balladesque tones to intensified alt-country styling’s, she never veers away from her true path. Being that this album was recorded in just 2 days at the famed Woodshed Studio‘s in Toronto (owned by Blue Rodeo) the sound that they got right off the floor is captivating, and the musicianship of everyone that played on the album (dig the toy piano on “The Deep End") just brings it all on.
WinnieBrave takes us all on that journey to Texas right along with them…and I don’t want it to end.
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