Available on silver vinyl, the Wailin’ Jennys released Fifteen, to celebrate a 15-year musical partnership that has created three award-winning, Billboard-charting studio albums and one magical live recording bringing them a loyal worldwide fanbase.
Almost five years ago, the Wailin’ Jennys released Fifteen to celebrate a 15-year musical partnership that has created three award-winning, Billboard-charting studio albums and one magical live recording -bringing them a loyal worldwide fanbase. On Fifteen, Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse have brough their passion and stellar musicianship to a carefully curated collection of some of their favorite songs, including tracks by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Steeped in the artistry and elegance that has defined their career, the album presents the trio at their very best.
Opening with their stark yet elegant rendering of “Old Churchyard,” sung a cappella over a single droning viola tone, the album then shifts to a gorgeous full-band acoustic version of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” Other highlights include their moving interpretation of Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham,” their update of Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock” (from a women’s point of view), and songs by Jane Siberry, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin. They also do an achingly beautiful a cappella version of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” that resonates as a call to hope in these troubled political times.
Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.