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First Thoughts Review: 'The September Tapes' by Roseanne Reid

Described as 'an outstanding songwriter' by Grammy award winning artist Steve Earle, Roseanne's melodic, honest and organic songwriting style allows her to paint pictures that capture the imagination immediately. Appearances on the likes of the Simon Mayo show and Jools Holland Radio 2 show, along with enchanting solo performances at venues across the UK, have gained Roseanne a loyal following that continues to grow.

In September 2019, Roseanne was invited to play at the Americana Fest in Nashville, where she took the opportunity to record. The result was a collection of three songs , two covers and an original composition “Couldn’t Wish More For You” , called The September Tapes.

Couldn’t Wish More For You” is an elegant, melodic track that captures the attention of the listener from the outset. Simplistic acoustic guitar and sensitive tones in Roseanne's vocals that combine to create an atmosphere that is too strong to ignore. Roseanne has a very honest and relatable songwriting style that creates a story that progresses throughout the song. I look forward to hearing a lot more original material from this talented lady.

You Are My Sunshine”, written by Charles Mitchell and Jimmie Davies, was the first song that Roseanne learned growing up in Scotland. It is a song that she holds dear to her heart and one that she sings to this day at soundcheck before each live show. Roseanne's vocals suit the style of this song perfectly as she again, showcases her ability to understand the song & it's need for more delicate & soften vocals.

“Malibu” is one of Roseanne’s favourite songs. This beautiful Miley Cyrus cover retains the stark beauty of the original but Roseanne’s bold acoustic treatment adds a new, more fragile element to the song. Another great cover by this talented artist.

Lock-down-lifting permitting, Roseanne will be supporting The Wandering Hearts on their ‘Intimate UK Tour’ in August and September.

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