Coles Whalen has one of those unique voices that, like a masked bandit in the Wild West, holds your ears captive.
She started singing with the Colorado Children’s Chorale and then sang jazz as a teenager in Denver before embarking on a two-year tour of the country, playing up to 8 shows a week. She’s since moved back home, but still spends most of her time traveling with her band.
The Whistle Stop Road Record, her latest disc, is a musical train ride on a speeding locomotive through folk, rock and blues.
Go Child jump-starts the album with a swampy beat and vivid (and true) tale of driving through New Orleans. And with a hilarious narrative and a few perfectly placed interjections, Average 20 Something is another song straight from the scenes of daily life.
Whistle Stop flirtatiously jumps between country and pop, while Wake Up Easy is straightforward and sultry with a hint of jazz.
Both the excellent rendition of Romeo and Juliet and the beautifully delicate Hole in My Heart feature Coles on her first instrument, piano.
The record mixes live and studio recordings (the second half of the album was recorded as a showcase at HitLab.com in Montreal) and includes a video of the show that can be played on a computer.
See photos from the CD release party at the Soiled Dove.
Visit Coles’ website for more info and to purchase The Whistle Stop Road Record.