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Thursday, 30 May 2013 06:36

Tell someone: Midnight Roses’ Say Darlin’ Say is excellent

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Myshel Pajuaar (lead vocals), Eliza Doyle (banjo) , Liza Holder (guitar, mandolin) and Paula McGuigan (upright bass), otherwise known as the Midnight Roses are hosting a CD release party at the Lyric Theatre May 31 for their new, well-crafted effort Say Darlin’ Say.

Tickets are available at Pharmasave. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
The quartet are on a roll. They won “The Next Big Thing” competition in Regina back in June 2012 and performed as the opening act for Kellie Pickler in Craven that year.
Their latest CD easily demonstrates why they have a strong future.
The Midnight Roses have been around for a number of years and added lead singer Pajuaar a short while following her winning a Swift Current Idol competition at the Living Sky Casino.
Undoubtedly, Pajuaar has added something to the group, not only with her broad-ranged vocal ability, but also with the song writing. The remaining trio are so talented and offer such a great sound which allows them to make noticeable contributions.
Holder even engineered and mixed the CDherself at her Stackwell Studios. According to McGuigan, half of the CDwas recorded in-studio, the other half was recorded in a SW Sask. church.
It’s hard not to be impressed with the finished product. They are a strong group and if they stick together, have a bright future indeed. Here’s a quick rundown of their mostly locally-recorded release.
If you have a chance to check them out Friday, do yourself a favour: go.
You Lie: Pajuaar’s strong, yet still smooth vocals dominate a song about a relationship gone wrong. Doyle’s impeccable banjo pickin’ is equally as strong and Holder’s back-up providing good harmonies.
Highway 3: McGuigan wrote this easy-going song about travelling to make a visit. Pajuaar demonstrates some decent range from the album opener.
Ain't Never Coming Back: Doyle offers her writing talents to a song about someone obviously frustrated with life. It features some wonderful mandolin work courtesy Holder.
Where Are We Goin’: The pace certainly picks up with this song from the first three entries on the new release. Upbeat in tempo, it has a dark story to tell.
Too many tears: A ballad which leaves you sad, but again, is well-performed.
Meet Me On The Prairies: Classic bluegrass banjo pickin by Doyle leads off an upbeat song which allows Pajuaar to have some fun. Should be a live-concert favourite.
Closes the window: Another strong ballad with longing vocals and some great mandolin which should be played during rainy days. Arguably, the best song on the CD.
San Francisco Bound: Great “hittin’ the road” song. A real toe-tapper written by Doyle.
Say Darlin’ Say: The last and title track starts off fairly slow and stays quiet in a relatively short love song.

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