Title - 'Looking for a Feeling'
Artist - Pam Tillis
Legendary country artist Pam Tillis returns with her 11th studio album Looking For a Feeling (out on April 24th, 2020 via Stellar Cat Records).
For those not in the know, Pam Tillis is an American country music singer and actress and is the daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis.
Originally a demo singer in Nashville, Tennessee, Tillis was signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1981, for which she released nine singles and one album (that contained none of the singles), Above and Beyond the Doll of Cutey.
By 1991, she had signed to Arista Nashville, entering Top 40 on Hot Country Songs for the first time with 'Don't Tell Me What to Do', the first of five singles from her album Put Yourself in My Place.
Tillis recorded five more albums for Arista Nashville between then and 2001, plus a greatest hits album and 22 more singles. Her only #1 hit on the country charts was 1995's 'Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)', although 12 other singles made Top 10 on that chart.
After exiting Arista, Tillis released It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis for Lucky Dog Records in 2002, plus RhineStoned and the Christmas album Just in Time for Christmas on her own Stellar Cat label in 2007.
Her albums Homeward Looking Angel (1992), Sweetheart's Dance (1994) and Greatest Hits (1997) are all certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), while Put Yourself in My Place and 1995's All of This Love are certified gold.
She has won two major awards: a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1999 for the multi-artist collaboration "Same Old Train", and the 1994 Country Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year followed by the CMA President's Award in 1998. Tillis has also received two Recorded Event of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Tillis has also earned one of country music's crowning achievements, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry, when she was inducted in 2000, nine years after making her first appearance as a guest artist in 1991 (she later inducted her father into the Opry in 2007).
Recorded in Nashville, Looking for a Feeling features songs written by Tillis, Waylon Payne, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Tia Sillers, Mark Selby, Bob Regan and Matraca Berg (she also drew upon the music of her youth, from Joni Mitchell to the Allman Brothers).
1. 'Looking for a Feeling'
2. 'Demolition Angel'
3. 'Better Friends'
4. 'Dolly 1969'
5. 'Last Summer's Wine'
6. 'Lady Music'
7. 'My Kind of Medicine'
8. 'Dark Turn of Mind'
9. 'The Scheme of Things'
11. 'Burning Star'
12. 'Better Friends Reprise'
Kicking things off in some fine style with the title track, 'Looking for a Feeling' is a mid-tempo, laid back and soulful gem and is backed by the twangin' 'Demolition Angel,' the lo-fi ballad 'Better Friends,' and then the (perhaps personal) reminiscing of the country legend we all know by the one-name, 'Dolly 1969.'
Next up is the beautiful 'Last Summer's Wine,' a track that encapsulates Tillis' aesthetic vocals perfectly and that is followed by both the gentle country funk of 'Lady Music' and then the tender temperament of 'My Kind of Medicine.'
More good old-fashioned country twang comes forth on 'Dark Turn of Mind,' with the cultured, guitar-led 'The Scheme of Things' along next. The album then rounds out with the melodic 'Karma,' the Americana vibe of 'Burning Star,' and then comes to a close with an ornate return to the free flowing majesty of 'Better Friends Reprise.'
"Stylistically, there's so much here that's always been a part of me," Tillis reveals. "It's a story I haven't told on any of my records so far. I wanted work that's as close to true and unselfconscious as possible, to provide access to my heart."
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