The Presley Sessions Revisited
Unlike so many movies, here's a sequel quite the equal of the first work. Back in 2007, smooth-voiced troubadour Reid Jamieson recorded The Presley Sessions, an album of covers, as a birthday present for his sweetheart (and now wife). The concept worked so well, it is being reprised on The Presley Sessions Revisited, described as "a musical love letter to the greats of the 50s era, including songs made popular by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Platters, The Flamingos and more" (one new original is included). Classics redone in charming fashion include "Mystery Train", "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "In Dreams". Stripping the songs down to voice and acoustic guitar (plus some harmonies from Carolyn V. Mill) allows their simple charm to shine brightly, with Jamieson's voice wrapping around the listener like a warm blanket. Jamieson isn't just a fine interpreter but a skilled songwriter worthy of greater attention. He has earned the respect of his peers, and inclusion on a few Vinyl Cafe tours has helped build his profile.
A popular performer at house concerts and clubs on the West Coast, Jamieson will launch the album at Vancouver's Wise Hall on Nov. 29. He tours Washington state in February, followed by Ontario gigs in April and U.K. gigs after that.