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Tia McGraff - Day In My Shoes

Day In My Shoes

Tia McGraff

Busted Flat Records - Busted 016

Available from Busted Flat Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This Canadian born, Port Dover, Ontario, Americana (or is it Canadiana) artist achieved her first success in Canada and used that success to open doors in Nashville. She has translated her songwriting ability to write with such others as Andrew Gold, Randy Bachman, and Tommy Parham, who is still a writing partner and he helped produce this disc. While working on her songwriting, she was also sharpening her performing skills both in clubs in Canada and the lower 48. The work is evident in her latest release, Day In My Shoes, which is the follow up to Outside of the Circle.

There are times in this 50 plus minute disc where her voice takes on the emotion of the song and mirrors it so that it becomes another instrument, and the words become unimportant. The sound here is good, though what might be considered at times thin, as if the anchor to the base has been broken loose. It is a complete sound but the listener is left with the feeling that something is missing. The songs are good stories, the songs of someone who has lived the life they have, however on the disc of someone known as a song writer there are no credits as to who wrote the songs. Hair, makeup are credited as are cut and style (?) but no writing credits. A good disc no matter who wrote the songs, it leans more toward the country side of rock mainly because of her voice and the production.

Track List:

  • Little Corner Of The World
  • I Can't Quit
  • Day In My Shoes
  • Oughta Be Rock
  • Hope I Everything
  • Silver Lake
  • Second Chance (duet with Steve Balsamo of The Storys)
  • Devil's Gold
  • Maggie's Child
  • What The Hell Am I Doin' Here
  • All Of Us
  • I Would Have Followed
Produced By Tommy Parham and Tia McGraff

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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