Miss Tess and her band the Bon Ton Parade, just released “Live Across the Mason Dixon Line,” a double album featuring two live shows – one from the Regatta Bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts and one from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. And the group has done a mighty fine job at blurring the lines of style and genre.
Stemming from the truest meaning of the word “Americana,” the band pushes their influences into the current music scene with something admirably fresh and soulfully timeless. The skilled musicianship of the quartet, combined with Tess’s heartfelt songwriting and powerful stage presence, creates a live experience that is state of the art.
Critics also have a hard time assigning Tess’s music to a specific genre; before she made the move from Boston to New York City, she won a Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year” in 2008. Also she received a nomination for “Best Jazz Act,” “Best Roots Act” by the Boston Phoenix, and another BMA nomination for “Best Jazz Act” again. Country? Blues? Jazz? Folk? Pick your favorite genre and come enjoy the show.
Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade perform at Balliceaux on Thursday, March 8.