Album Review | One For The Money – Ginger St. James
Album | One For The Money
Artist | Ginger St James
Label | Busted Flat
Farmers’ daughter Ginger St James started writing songs as a teenager, and spent her early 20’s working in burlesque shows, before emerging as one of Canada’s foremost Country Blues & Rockabilly artists with her first EP Spank, Sparkle & Growl in 2010. She released the EP Tease in 2012, followed by her debut full length album Diesel and Peas in 2014.
Her second full-length album One For The Money has just been released on Busted Flat Records. Nine songs, each performed with zeal, creating a classic country sound infused with a Rockabilly twang and Americana undertones.
Ginger’s voice is strong and versatile – sometimes soulful, sometimes feisty – and equally suited to the rocking ‘Hair of The Blackdog’ or the Country ballad ‘Best of Me And You’. Several of the songs have a 60’s sensibility and bring to mind comparisons with Country greats like Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn (especially on ‘Pour Me’ and ‘Honeymoon Stage’) and there are even shades of Wanda Jackson. She really is that good. But comparisons aside, this album is much more than an homage to the greats of the past. Ginger is a talented songwriter in her own right, and although she is clearly well versed in Country & Rockabilly tradition, together with collaborators including Snow-Heel Slim (who’s blistering guitar work on ‘Hair of The Blackdog’ helps drive a real rocker) and the Americana influence of Chris Altmann, she has produced a terrific set of songs that will firmly cement her reputation as a rising star of Country music.
‘Ginger St James’
‘One For The Money’