Accolades, reviews, songs on
second solo album entitled ‘Lucky Blue’ was named to acknowledge her own fortunate
life and the rich colour of many favourite things…first guitar, the perfect touring
car, a cherished summer festival … Rounding out Tannis’ pure vocal tones and
harmonies are the multi-instrumentalisms of her musical partner &
Melville, soulful slide guitars of Ken
Whiteley and Dan
Walsh,the African kora of Malian griot Mansa
Sissoko, the low-down bass of George
Koller, duet vocals of David
Francey, harmonies of Stephen
Merritt, Shelley Marshall & Keri Latimer (from Winnipeg’s Nathan,
and The Dust Poets,
Slimmon nieces and so much more, including the crows of a Bhutanese rooster!
original tunes and two Melville covers pay tribute to Canada’s past in ‘Underground
Railroad’, reveal the gut-wrenchingly human side of war in ‘Edmonton’,
and blow wind through your hair on an attitude-changing ride in ‘My Bike’.
The beautiful blue album package was put together by Hydesmith
Communications and features artistic works
by many talented visual artists from Tannis’
community of Guelph and beyond: Pearl
Van Geest, Nick
Ellen Beeken and Sona Mincoff,
including a portrait by Mendelson
Joe. Nick Craine colourized Dean Palmer's black and white photo
(part of the 'Green Room Series') for the front cover and also designed the gallery
walls on the
inside of the
digipak and the booklet centrefold.
Lucky Blue Accolades, Reviews and songs on
Lake is Tannis' first solo album.
Named after her hometown on the Canadian
Prairies, the album is a tip of the hat to her early musical roots. Eight original
tunes and two covers complete this sweet roots/rock production.
Album credits (musicians,
about the cover artwork and booklet
(and the artists featured)
Oak Lake was selected for a 2002
Porcupine Award for 'Steve's Favourite Album of 2001'. The citation reads:
"This independent release by veteran performer Tannis Slimmon (Bird Sisters, Benji)
was long overdue. However, if Tannis had done this before now, it would have probably
suffered being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As it is, the world is ready
for Oak Lake now. She has assembled an impressive cast of players who she loves,
and they love her, and it all shows on this incredibly enjoyable album. The songs
are good, solid pop songs, delivered with beautiful production. How can
you tell when an album is really good? Because when it finishes you think, that
can't be it! Is it over already. Better put it on again. And that probably says
more for this project than anything else I can add. It's just really good stuff
that you can't get enough of. "
BLUE is now available to all fine music stores, thanks to distribution
by Outside Music!
LAKE and LUCKY BLUE also available here:
On-line in Canada:
On-line in the US:
shops (Ontario, Manitoba, & British Columbia):
Floor Music and The Bookshelf
The Village Idiot
Music (519) 393-6161
Poor Michael's Bookshop
Oak Lake, MB:
for my brother Dr.