February 4, 2014
Hood River, OR.
Tess Barr is very excited to announce the release of her new CD, Do What You Want. Tess is a vocalist, songwriter and guitar player from The Pacific Northwest and has been singing her entire life.
Growing up in the 60s listening to country and western music, Tess decided that rock and roll was really more her style but always felt empty until she discovered the blues in the late 70s and has never turned back. Tess has fronted many bands since, from solo gigs to large bands for over 30 years. She has also been a featured NW Woman and Blues artist and guest starred with many artists. Her beloved blues heroes Koko Taylor, Katie Webster, Janis Joplin, Elmore James, Junior Wells and Hound Dog Taylor heavily influence Tess’ singing and songwriting style.
This CD was several years in the making and consists of 12 tracks covering a broad range of her talents. Most all are her originals with the exception of the great Junior Wells song Little By Little , a regular in her live sets, that Tess and her band deliver a powerful rendition and a taste of what Tess can be like in a live performance. Several of these songs she wrote some time ago but now that she has her own studio and plenty of good musicians and engineers, she wanted them recorded and you get to enjoy them now.
There is Blues For the Avatar that Tess and her husband Patrik, who plays slide and harp on this CD, wrote that was the soundtrack for a movie of the same name from 1996. Patrik wrote one Cajun inspired song on the CD and there is also a bonus Christmas Song that got airplay during the Holidays, but as yet was unavailable.
Tess and Patrik also own and operate Hood Crest Winery, so as busy as they are, they don’t play much outside of the Pacific Northwest. Although with the excitement that this CD is generating so quickly, it might force them out on tour. Until then this CD gives you a great chance to enjoy Tess and her heartfelt music.