Tia McGraff: Crazy Beautiful
Submitted by Don Graham
Every time I get to review a Tia McGraff album it’s always the same feeling. ‘this is the best one yet” and Crazy Beautiful is no different. This album IS the best yet from Tia and her musical and life partner Tommy Parnham. There is no doubt that Tia is one of Americana’s gifted singer songwriters and Tommy is a gifted musician and producer. . Crazy Beautiful was recorded in Austin, Texas Nashville, Tennessee, and Southern Ontario in Canada. The album features Grammy Award winning musicians Cindy Cashdollar, Dave Sanger, from Asleep At The Wheel ,Tommy Harden who played with Reba, Dave Labruyere from John Mayer’s band and also involved were Juno and Grammy award winning engineers Nick Blagona and Rick DeLellis. Crazy Beautiful was mixed and master by Nick Blagona and produced by Tommy Parham, with all songs written by Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham.
Crazy Beautiful is the title of the album as well as a track on the CD but could be referring to the quality of the songs, the clean production, the “ voice like liquid honey” vocals or just the lead singer. All are applicable.
This is the album Tia and Tommy were born to make should be a major breakthrough for them. The opening track “What a Heart Must Do is pop/.country tune, radio friendly in sound and lyric. Well done.
“Baby’s Got a Banjo” is getting a lot of attention globally on Americana and roots charts. And is one the standouts in the collection.
The album has 13 tracks and not weak one in the bunch. All killer no filler.
Get yourself a copy of this album by visting tiamcgraff.com and sit back and enjoy the sweet sounds of Tia McGraff’s “ Crazy Beautiful. “Doesn’t get any better than this.