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Retta Christie

Retta Christie has staked a claim to a fabulously rich but oft-overlooked vein of Americana, a musical mother lode located at the dusty crossroads where the American Songbook and the country-western canon converge.

A vocalist with a light twangy timbre, breezy sense of swing, and a gift for conveying the emotional essence of a lyric, Christie delivers an eagerly anticipated second volume of her collaboration with reed expert David Evans and piano legend Dave Frishberg (who’s responsible for one of the American Songbook’s most witty chapters, though that facet of his work isn’t represented here). Harking back to a time when Western swing bands, cowboy troubadours, urbane big bands, and suave pop singers often interpreted the same material, Christie has forged a singular synthesis of America’s pre-World War II popular music.

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