Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five: Bison Ranch Recording Sessions
Submitted by Lenny Stoute
For her fifth full-length, Manitoba’s Jolene “Little Miss Higgins” joins forces with the like-minded Winnipeg Five for an entertaining collection of vintage country blues. Genre fans may know the Five as The F-Holes, under which moniker they’ve released three albums, making this collaboration a natural seeing as how both acts revel in early 30th century sounds and the ‘authentic’ recreation thereof.
The music’s warm, rootsy and intimate, as befitting an album recorded live off the floor of a recording studio in an old barn on the Renaissance Bison Ranch. With the Five bringing the warmth and charm, it’s up to Miss Higgins to bring the sass and the sweet. The lady does not disappoint; revelling in the seamless backing which allows her to lay out the full range of her impressive vocal talents.
Which proves the equal of Higgins’ songwriting talents, seeing as she penned all but one of the ten tracks here. It’s great to hear the one of a kind Higgins sense of whimsey remains sweetly intact, best displayed “I Was At An Auction”, “Chateau Poulet” and the hilarious and foot-stomping “Dead Cow Hill”, but never very far away from the proceedings.
There’s not a false note here and nothing overstays its welcome on this genuine genre gem.