The Haden Triplets – s/t [album review]

by Woody on April 29, 2014

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On the Thursday of SXSW, I needed to get out of the 6th St. area. I was worn down after two plus days of navigating the crowds and hearing EDM blaring out of venues as I strolled about. I really wanted to check out Kurt Vile at Weather Up and Promised Land Sounds at the Third Man party; which I found out was in the middle of nowhere. So being that I was already there, I decided to drink the free beer and stay for the next act – The Haden Triplets.

That turned out to be one of those happy SXSW moments. The Haden Triplets – Petra, Tanya and Rachel – are the progeny of jazz bassist, Charlie Haden. They hit the stage just as I filled up a fresh cool one and wowed with me their take on a number of Americana classics. Picking up their album was one of the first things I did upon my return.

I haven’t been disappointed since adding it to my collection. The album produced by legend Ry Cooder is so well done. The songs, armed with harmonies that must come natural with knowing each other from inception, are a testament to wonderfully written music. They are songs where each note has meaning and The Haden Triplets take on them is nothing short of spectacular.

The Carter Family’s Single Girl is the first standout on the album for me. That’s followed by Bill Monroe’s Voice From High. The short folk track, Billy Bee is another nice track where one Haden sings while the other two lay down the backing vocals. Towards the end, another Carter Family tune, Will You Miss Me is a nice way to wind down the album.

This has become a staple of mine on weekend mornings. The songs are timeless and The Haden Triplets have done them proud.

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