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The measure of a singer is how they come across in a live setting. This has always been the case, but in this age of AutoTuning it's an even more pointed indicator of prowess. Winnipeg singer-songwriter Romi Mayes proves she's got talent in spades on her fifth album, hopefully named. Mayes, a musician and composer of considerable strength, took the incredibly brave step of recording a CD worth of new songs live.
The result is one of the best retro country albums I have heard in years, and that includes Norah Jones' work with The Little Willies and Neko Case's excellent solo …