Sandy Ross - Dirty Linen

Dirty Linen - April/May '96 #63

Sandy Ross, Portraits of Innocence [SLR Productions (1995)]
Southern California singer-guitarist Sandy Ross' latest album is an appealing blend of acoustic blues and poignant original songs. Ross' mellow, knowing voice matches the range of emotions her original songs convey, from the folk wisdom of "Half Empty/Half Full" to the bitter urban tragedy of "Three Doors Down," to the tender pathos of "Jason's Song," which chronicles a deserted mother preparing herself, and her young son, for a visit from the father he has never known. On a lively cover of "St. James Infirmary" and gutsy originals like "All My Heroes Sang the Blues," Ross shows that she can sing (and play) the blues with spirit and authority. Portraits of Innocence has a spare, clean sound, with unobtrusive instrumental support lent by the like of harmonica whiz Tom Ball, guitarist Jeff Gold, and bassist Tim Emmons. (MP)