The release of her 18th studio album, Billie’s Bones, is the latest achievement in Ian’s remarkable career. Billie’s Bones beautifully showcases Ian’s superb songwriting and sultry vocals.
“Billie’s Bones is a folk album,” Ian says. “I’ve spent this past year at home, so it wasn’t the typical ‘go on tour for 8 months, slam out an album and go back on tour’ recording process. Because of that, there’s a calmness to it I haven’t had since Stars and Between The Lines. Almost all the songs were written in January, February, and April of 2003. Usually I don’t manage to complete that many songs that I like in a short period of time.”
The result is a resplendent mix of unadulterated folk, jazz and blues performed in Ian’s unpretentious styling. The album stretches from the subtle imagery of Billie’s Bones, a homage to Ian’s hero Billie Holiday, to the suffering in “Matthew”, a “co-write” with Woody Guthrie titled “I Hear You Sing Again”, and Ian’s first guitar instrumental, “Marching On Glasgow”. Throughout the album, Ian wraps her aching voice around masterfully crafted songs that flesh out and give meaning to the core of our life experiences.
My Tennessee Hills
Release Date: July 12, 2005
Paris in your eyes
The Great Divide
4/10/2010 9:45:04 PM
SUBPURB! Rain or Shine..I love these Songs. A fan.
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