The term “Modern Vintage” is obviously an oxymoron. But it’s an effective one. When you apply it to music you get an updating of old musical styles. In the case of Miss Tess that old musical style is Prohibition-era jazz, and the Maryland native updates it with bits of country and pop to make something distinctly modern.
Miss Tess may be from Maryland, but she and her band, The Bon Ton Parade, are tearing up the Boston music scene. She was named “Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year” at last December’s Boston Music Awards, which is a little strange, since her music really couldn’t be described as “folk”. She was also named a “Local on the Verge” by The Boston Globe. This shouldn’t give you the impression that she and the band spend all their time in Bean Town though. They released a live album, Live on the Road, that pulled from performances in Georgia, and Tennessee, as well as Massachusetts. Tess just released Darling, Oh Darling, already the fifth album in her young career.
“That Oo Oo Oo”
This almost sounds like something you’d hear on the soundtrack from Swingers, or maybe in a late 90’s commercial for the Gap. That doesn’t mean it’s bad though. Quite the contrary. It’s the kind of song that can get anyone, regardless of their age, tapping their foot.
“Saving All My Love”
Tess injects this tune with a little country and blues, mixed with some dixieland jazz. Add in some lyrics about a unrequited love and you’ve got a recipe for a classic song.
“Baby Doll”, Bessie Smith cover