With roots originally planted deep within the frozen terrain of northern B.C., Roadside Recovery is the third full-length album from Canadian all-girl band, Miss Quincy & The Showdown. The album boasts a penetratingly powerful soundscape that bridges the gaps between rock ‘n’ roll, blues, soul and a speckle of gospel.

The album effortlessly transports listeners to a timelessly cool wood-panelled rock bar you’d expect to frequent in Austin, Texas, where patrons drink beer with a side of whiskey and are treated to live performances from amateur bands that eventually take the music industry by storm. Roadside Recovery kicks off extremely strong with the track “Bad Love.” With a thumping bass line that mimics a heart pumping with adrenaline, it perfectly sets the stage for the other nine powerful tracks that follow.

The collection has a beautiful storyline to it, carrying a strong build through standout tracks like “Making Money” and “Wild Fucking West,” until it climaxes and brings things home with the title track. The band also shows their diversity by slowing things down slightly with numbers “Talkin’ Trash” and “Take It to the Well,” which show a vulnerable, sexy side and perfectly round out the album.

One consistent element is the raunchy-bluesy guitar riffs, superb drum lines and incredibly powerful vocals paired with enticing lyrics, with which Miss Quincy & The Showdown mesmerize. Roadside Recovery is a robustly memorable album that is exemplary within its genre, bringing in classic elements you would expect from bluegrass forefathers of the 1930s but never losing its modern aesthetic. This is a must-listen for anyone who would like the opportunity to fill their veins with authoritative tuneage.

By Kayla Beattie

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