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First released in 1999, 'Reluctant Daughter', is the debut album from singer/songwriter Sally Barris. Since it's release, Sally has toured incessantly and played support to such artists as Jesse Colin Young, Jonathan Edwards, Roger McGuinn, Jonathan Brooke, Kami Lyle, Dave Mallett, Kathy Mattea and Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, as well as appearing in her own right.
A Nashville-based songwriter since the early I 990s, Sally came to prominence when Lee Ann Womack recorded 'Some Things I Know' as the title song for her second, multi-platinum album. Shortly after, Kathy Mattea not only cut Sally's 'The Innocent Years' as the title tune of her first album of 2000, but also featured 'Calling My Name' on the album. Both songs were co-written by Sally, Kathy and Jon Vezner. Other Nashville-based acts are also preparing to record more of Sally's songs, including Lee Ann Womack who has cut a new Barris song for her next album. Sally has also started working on a follow-up album which will gain national UK distribution February 2002 to coincide with a short tour over here.
I must admit, when I first put the CD in the player, I wasn't too sure about it. But that was probably because I was expecting a Country album. Although there are country leanings in some of the songs, there are many other influences at work here and the album is definitely one that should be listened to with an open mind, that said, this is no Nash-Pop album. Always being one to give an album a fair chance, I played it through again and found myself enjoying it more second time round. I have since played the album over again many times and I can honestly say, it has really grown on me.
Favourite track on the album is the Jazz/Country influenced 'Weatherman,' a very catchy song that soon has you singing along. I shall certainly be giving this track plenty airtime on Metro Country. Other tracks that stand out for me include the Folk/Rock styled 'Does It Ache,' a song co-penned with Kate Wallace that benefits from some fine playing from Pat Buchanan on Lead Guitar and Sam Bush on Mandolin and 'What Kind Of Love,' a collaboration with Steven Sheehan that bobs along with a very catchy, train like rhythm. The latter is also probably, the most country sounding track on the album and is another cert for airplay on the show.
I also liked 'All I See Is You' a good ballad written with Pat Pattison, that includes some nice acoustic guitar picking from Steven Sheehan.
Sally gets into a rocking mood with 'In The Name Of Love,' a song that was a bit too heavy for me, while the last two tracks on the album are Christian influenced, with the very Folksy, 'Standing Still.' and the title track, 'Reluctant Daughter,' a song penned with John Vezner, that features Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings on background vocals to close the album.
This debut album from Sally was put together on a low budget, but you wouldn't think so if you didn't know it. The production is excellent and stands up well against major label big money productions. Sally has a very appealing voice, writes well, and with the help of some of Nashville's finest musician's like, Sam Bush, Viktor Krauss and Pat Buchanan to name but 3, 'Reluctant Daughter' is a debut album to be proud of, although definitely not traditional country music. On a personal note, I would have preferred a little more country content, but if your tastes extend to the borders and beyond, then this is certainly an album you should listen to.
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