VizzTone is very proud to welcome Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine, both deeply soulful musicians of the first order. Andra handles vocals, fiddle, mandolin, and upright and electric bass on this beautiful acousitc set; Scott plays Martin and National Duolian guitars, and contributes harmony vocals and one lead vocal track. Scott is the perfect complement to Andra’s multi-faceted musicality, with his supple, tasty playing and singing. Featuring eight originals and three choice covers, this is a beautiful album that keeps getting better with repeated listening.
As many fans are well aware, Andra Faye was a member of the beloved group, Saffire—The Uppity Blues Women, along with VizzTone family members Gaye Adegbalola and Ann Rabson. it’s a real joy to welcome Andra and complete the set.
“Songs of joy, empowerment, survival, redemption and, for sure, shake-yo-butt-on-Saturday-night music!”
— Gaye Adegbalola
“Andra Faye was a member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women from 1992 until their retirement in 2009, and has earned a sterling reputation for her multi-stringed versatility, especially for blues mandolin. She was dubbed “First Lady of the Blues Mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine in 2013. Her world-class vocals are power packed, with a playful sensuality that perfectly matches the humor and heartache of her material.
Scott Ballantine’s facility on guitar encompasses jazz, blues, rock & country. His guitar chops are finely honed by many years of playing and his phrasing is exquisite, almost vocal-like in quality. His plucks, slides, bends and vibrato are fluid; Scott doesn’t drive a song as much as he floats it all downstream.
COULDA WOULDA SHOULDA, the duo’s second album together, serves up a baker’s dozen of tasty tracks, including eight originals that flow effortlessly on a river of sultry ache and bawdy humor. Enjoy”…
– Bill Stagg, Music Promoter
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