Elizabeth MacInnis: One Eye on the Highway


Submitted by Don Graham

There must be something the air in Alberta that breeds great country music artists, and Elizabeth MacInnis is about to add her name to the list.  With her debut album MacInnis, a well- travelled and well know background singer and commercial voice, has placed herself directly where she belongs, centre stage and in the spotlight.

'One Eye on the Highway' is an eleven song collection of original tunes, capturing moments in a girl’s life and times. Personal, emotional and revealing but not without its humorous moments.

The title track is a great story song, creating the imagery and mood with a good track and interesting lyrics.  ‘Treat a Lady Right’ is a bluesy effort, nice production, nice vocal.  ‘Can You Dance’, a little R n B mixed with a fine gritty country vocal. ‘Someone’, with its country harp and solid band track compliments a convincing vocal, reminiscent of Pam Tillis. There is a distinct Wynona influence on’ Love’s Got Rhythm and Blues’.  ‘Whatever We Do’ and ‘That’s What Mama Always Said’ are great vehicles for Elizabeth’s  smooth, sultry vocal delivery. ‘Did I Touch You’, a track that pushes right along asking the question “did I touch you or was that just skin”. ‘Only Kidding’ is a real blues tune, allowing the band and MacInnis to wail. The tongue in cheek ‘Can I Quit My Day Job Yet?’  rounds out the set leaving room for an unplugged version of ‘That’s What Mama Always Said’, complete with mournful country fiddles and acoustic guitars.

All in all, this a fine CD, well produced in California and has excellent musicianship and sincere and powerful vocals, as well as good songs written by Elizabeth MacInnis and friends. Good work by all, take a bow !