February 14, 2014
Wolfgang Giese - Germany
Rock Times CD Review
In the area of pop Country Music It can even be slow too much. One sounds like the others, only the voices are often interchangeable. So it's great to hear a refreshing artist from Canada, the fresh wind blows in this scene or in part, at least. For this I would Tia McGraff not really pack so much into this drawer, because the country-pop there are some shares that make up the picture of this plate.
With the first song, "Nighthawk", it sounds like a little country with a touch of Celtic folklore, including hauntingly melancholic sound of the fiddle, full home or wanderlust radiant. "Reckonin '" - this piece is both very quiet, kept acoustically and gently rocking, with full and lush-sounding vocal harmonies .Tia McGraff still brings a vocally quite rough element and thus this song to an expressive idea."Stranger" is in turn reduced much on the acoustic guitar and acoustic bass. It reminds me a lot of memorable tracks from Joni Mitchell , with a very special expression and is for me one of the most beautiful songs on the record.
We also encounter the typical bluegrass instruments that determine the sound. However, they find use in the range of typical singer / songwriter music - in "Break These Chains" is striking. Here again features the powerful and flexible voice, with which Tia McGraff can take back to be vigorously loud again in the next moment. Even with "Conductor For A Day" ruled this infinite acting harmoniously atmosphere that captivates immediately and to pause, forcing calm down and having to listen to the music - to listen to what the artist has to say. With "Messed Up World" then something goes towards uptempo. Conditions in our world are represented - yes, there are a lot of misery. Powerful message which is supported by a slide guitar and Tia McGraff also shows again the not so gentle side of her voice.
Yes, and then there's a song, because I have the feeling that you are safe and in good hands feel in this sea of beauty, a safe place, so to speak: "Safe Place". "Saints And Angels" now controls back strongly in the direction of modern bluegrass, with slightly tightened rhythm and the emphasis on the mandolin. "Between The Bed And The Door" and "Come Up Roses" appear in a similar mood and this block between the seventh and eleventh song I like as a unit. He puts me in a similar mood and good listeners, to this end is then interrupted harshly by the closing song, because "Whiskey Ship" said beverage in fact seems to have made a difference. As a real drinking song it is now sung by grim ruffians and so that now swings in the best Irish tradition from the speakers ...
"Break These Chains" is music of singer / songwriter genre with a certain bit of country music far away of what mass hangs out on the charts. So if you are fed up has the mainstream and back would like to origins, but which will be presented to state that likes to look no further. Therefore, a clear tip!
Feburary 14,2014 Michael Czékus Gondola HU
Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and Mary Gauthier advanced footsteps of singer-guitaristTia McGraff a new album. The Break Chains thes publication entitled the spirit and style of the artist fits well with existing line of plates (Jewel's Cafe / 2000 /, Outside of the Circle / 2005 /, In My Day Show / 2007 /, Diversity / 2010 /). 12 The number of new albums as it were born in a family business, since the disc's producer and co-wrote the songs, the singer's husband, Tommy Parham. The repertoire of Between The Bed And The Door from full of Whiskey Ship to - the importance of music to listen meaty, emotional ballads.
"Tia's voice has a special beauty. She has the rare ability to touch people with her music and somehow make them better..." Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
- Bob Harris, Whispering Bob BBC Radio 2
News from Hemifran
Tia McGraff unabashedly peeled back all the layers in “Break These Chains”, her new 12 track CD release, on Bandana Records (produced by co-writer-husband Tommy Parham). The rootsy melodies and honest-to-heart lyrics have been produced with such integrity that one feels they are listening to something hauntingly familiar yet refreshingly real. Perhaps it is because Tia’s influences include lyrical wonders like Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and Mary Gauthier, or because she has drawn from the stories of those who have touched her own heart. Somehow she has captured a unique and moving experience in each song that is perfectly married to mr Parham’s melodies. The CD flows from ballads like, “Between The Bed And The Door” to a lively “Whiskey Ship” and yet with a consistency that comes from stunningly crafted songwriting, stellar vocals, and impeccable musicianship. More information atHemifran ry 01, 2014
Randy Bachman and Andrew Gold have written songs with Tia McGraff and it's not hard to see why they've collaborated with this native of Port Dover, Ontario: her tunes bring an engaging edge to alternative country. Country fare of a more pop-oriented persuasion may draw more fans than the Americana favoured by McGraff and her peers, but those whose tastes lean more toward authenticity will find much to like in her music.
Mark RheaumeCBC Radio
Mike Fuller Music Director, High Plains Public Radio
Tia McGraff's Reckonin- my new favorite Tia tune! From what I've heard so far, it's her best production and strongest batch of songs yet...
““Tia McGraff is a fantastic singer with her own vocal personality which reminds me of an early Linda Ronstadt. It’s just a matter of time till that magic moment when everyone agrees it’s Tia’s time”……..
Randy Bachman (BTO and Guess Who) ”
““What a tastefully produced collection of exceptional songs and Tia’s soulful vocals ooze with compassion and honesty. To say it is impressive would be an under-statement.””
- Paul Kennedy, Seaside FM (Aug 12, 2013)
Tia McGraff - Break These Chains
Tia McGraff's latest album Break These Chains is her finest recording (in a list of strong releases) to date. It is an exquisite collection of songs with the most tasteful of arrangements. Engineering by Jonathan Edwards and production by Tommy Parham (who also sings harmonies with understated elegance) help to give this cd a sound quality that is outstanding.
Make no mistake about it, this lady is a first rate, breathtaking vocalist with an ardent delivery that makes you believe every word. She (and Tommy ) are also impassioned songwriters who are quickly becoming two of the most respected performers in roots and Americana circles. This cd deserves a prominent place on your "2013 best albums" shelf !!!
Make sure you check Tia and Tommy out in a "live performance"! They blew the house away at the Freewheelin Concerts show in Dundas last season !
Freewheeling Folk Show
93.3 CFMU -or- cfmu.mcmaster.ca -worldwide
September 15, 2013
"Tia McGraff, without a doubt is one of the most authentic singers and composers of our time. She does it again, but this time her voice is captured as the beauty of an Angel [and a bit of Carole King] singing “Like I'm Forgiven.” Reminding us that we need not carry our burdens and start living.
- Valder Beebe, The Valder Beebe Show (Mar 02, 2010)