This debut solo disc from Texas’ Tif Ginn is at once a fresh sounding 12 tracks and a throw-back to the glory days of honky tonk angels. Formerly part of the duo the Ginn Sisters, Tif has left her sister behind and is forging ahead solo on the Hillbilly Highway. Well, she might not be entirely on her own… As a touring part of the Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show for the past few years, Tif has certainly benefitted from flying alongside ol’ Fred. Eaglesmith acts as co-producer here as well as co-writer on over half of the tracks, and his traveling band performs back-up throughout. Recorded in the classic live off the floor, straight to tape mono style, the tunes on this album wouldn’t sound out of place on a jukebox in a truck-stop anywhere in North America, alongside the greats like Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells. Stand-out tunes for this old dog are the lead-off tune “Pretty As You Please,” the hard living lament “Little White Pills,” and heartbreaking “Better Half.” If you’re a classic country fan yearning for that classic sound, but want something that hasn’t been rehashed a hundred times, pick this disc up now, and pour yourself a whisky on the rocks. (Independent, theginnsisters.com) Sheldon Birnie
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