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, bringing 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, FIFTEEN presents The Wailin' Jennys at their very best. Opening with their stark yet elegant rendering of "Old Churchyard," sung acappella 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's "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. Produced by The Wailin' Jennys and engineered by Joby Baker, the album also features additional musicians Richard Moody (Ruth's brother), Sam Howard, Adrian Dolan and Adam Dobres.
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 earned their place as one of today's most beloved international folk groups. Founding members Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta, along with New York-based Heather Masse, continue to create some of the most exciting and exquisite music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically-lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.
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