Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson with The Tennessee Valentines from the album Amour available on Stony Plains Records
Hearts are the cards dealt by Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson, the pair partnering with guitars in song on the opening cut instrumental of “Careless Love” for the recent release, Amour. The duo co-front The Tennessee Valentines, putting their collective hearts on display and into the album title with Amour. The love that circulates in, around, above, and underneath Amouris the kind the receives its mail in sad songs department. The two men using their guitars to tell tales of love leaning towards longing as guest vocalists take on the stories. Amourseeks dark shadows when the band jumps the beat for “Lover Please” as Billy Swan and Rachael Davis trade vocals, the pair watching hearts get stomped and beaten-up big time while making a plea to hold on tight. Taking a solo slot at the microphone, Rachael Davis walks a slow stroll, begging for love on a trance-beat with “Honest I Do” while Ruby Amanfu provides smoke to the melody fire simmering in “For the Good Times”, both vocalists providing backing for the lead voice in “Don’t Let Go”.
A mutual love of music is what hit the hearts of Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, TV’s Nashville) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars, The Black Crowes). The pair have historically curated and produced Roots music sounds on a wide scale, Amourtheir first collaboration. The album celebrates classic Americana love songs when Jonathan Jackson (TV’s Nashville) haunts halls bordered with guitar sonics on “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” while Amourcasts his Nashville TV show alumni, Sam Palladio, as part of the Country and Western sway in “Crazy Arms”. Rachael Davis offers to sing the storyline when “Careless Love” comes back again on Amourwhile Ruby Amanfu pens her pleas with smoldering words asking “What Am I Living For”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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