Sun Apr 08 2018 7:30 pm
Samantha Parton

Wildflower Blues, the debut album from The Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland
and Samantha Parton, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider
folk. It’s been eighteen years since Holland and Parton first joined forces, and
with Wildflower Blues, they begin a new chapter in their ever-evolving creative
relationship. On the album's ten tracks, they weave together influences spanning jazz,
blues, country, folk, rock, experimental, and the great wide history of American song,
into their own kind of soul music. Wildflower Blues features mostly original tracks
written by Holland and Parton, as well as reimagined versions of songs by Bob
Dylan, Michael Hurley, and Townes Van Zandt. Despite this sonic vastness, there is
a deep intimacy running through everything the pair creates. The duo's songwriting is
at the forefront throughout—emotive and raw, marrying words and sound to both
the dark and light corners of life.