Sally Timms – Cowboy Sally’s Twilight Laments for Lost Buckaroos (1999)
Sally Timms has one of the finest voices around. She sings with the great rock & roll band the Mekons (from Leeds, England), and also has a solo career, singing quieter, more introspective songs (that pack a wallop). Timms is very much under the sway of pre-countrypolitan country music, drawing influence and strength from early Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, and Merle Haggard. Her backup consists of guitars (acoustic, electric, steel), dobro, fiddle, bass, and light percussion, and the songs highlight her remarkable voice; unlike some younger female singers, Timms does not try to sound like Patsy Cline reincarnated. Her voice is similar to Parton’s, though a bit deeper, capable of conveying both impishness and deep sorrow. The songs are haunting, many of them originals that sound as if they could’ve been written 100 years ago. Highlights include her gentle, soulful take on Johnny Cash’s classic “Cry, Cry, Cry” and a chilling tale of death during a snowstorm, the maddeningly catchy “Snowbird.