There's always been something soulful teeming underneath the honey-dipped tremulous restraint in Frazey Ford's vocals on her Be Good Tanyas records, as well as her solo debut Obadiah (2010). It's just that this time around, the familiar old-timey rustic harmonies have bloomed, transported into a full-throated ebullience that takes us down to where the rivers run deep. Her second solo effort, Indian Ocean -- is a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths, but also about love, contrition and being bold. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer's instrumental sound. The Hi Rhythm Section, Charles Hodges (organ), Leroy Hodges (bass) and Teenie Hodges (guitar), the latter who recently passed away, made Ford the beneficiary of their almighty talents, the trio accentuating her sensual and opulent vocals with deep-bottomed bass, subtle backbeats, and airy flights of organ.
Frazey Ford Five offers tracks from both solo efforts, the latter of which will be released on October 14, 2014 and supported by the tour dates below.
Oct 14th The Rivoli, Toronto
Oct 15th Rockwood Music Hall, NY
Oct 16th Melodies, Philadephia
Oct 17th Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
Oct 21st Hotel Cafe, LA
Oct 28th Aladdin Theatre, Portland
Oct 29th Tractor Tavern, Seattle
Oct 30th Freight and Salvage, Berkeley
Dec 4th St. James Hall, Vancouver