Miss Tess & The Talkbacks are a grooving rock ‘n’ roll band playing original music rooted in an eclectic array of vintage blues, country, and jazz sounds, based in Nashville, TN. Front and center in this tight quartet is soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist, Miss Tess. She possesses a voice that is, “alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters).
With a decade’s worth of US & European tours and multiple full length releases under her belt, Miss Tess has proven to be one of the more interesting acts on the blossoming Americana scene. Her eclectic taste steeped in her deep well of musical knowledge results in her own timeless sound that continues to fascinate music lovers. On her new release Baby, We All Know, Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music with eleven diverse and finely crafted original songs. Heightened by Tess’ prowess on her Weymann archtop guitar, she is accompanied by a top-notch band, featuring guitar & pedal steel ace and co-conspirator Thomas Bryan Eaton. The songs were further enlivened with piano, organ, and fiddle in the studio.
Tess says “I consider this my best yet collection of original music. In writing these tunes I stepped out of myself and into many different characters, based on real life and my imagination, and pulled sounds and stories from my musical fantasy land.” These songs were penned at Tess’s yearly writing retreat in New Hampshire, and at her home in Nashville. Yet time and place don’t bear much relevance here; the subjects she speaks through live in the streets of New Orleans, in the backwoods hollers of Tennessee, on a train heading to Mexico, and under the sheets.