Tai Shan : Ripe on the Vine Review, one beautiful song
Tai Shan is a Nashville-based country, pop-folk singer, composer, and songwriter. A Cornish College of the Arts trained classical and jazz composer, Shan finds fresh sounds to convey her country folk songs with. The songs support her soprano voice as she sings of the matter of the heart with her purposeful lyrics. Shan is releasing a new single titled “Ripe on the Vine.” The song was recorded in Seattle with a grant she received from the Jack Straw Cultural Center. Musicians playing include electronica drummer Devin Bews, jazz bassist Marina Christopher, funk keyboardist Joey Walbaum and Shan’s husband, Austin Garrison, on background vocals.
“Ripe on the Vine” begins with acoustic guitar cradling Shan’s perfectly country twanged voice. Her spot-on pitch and vocal control are instantly noticeable. The phrasing and sliding into the notes give the melody character and life. The lyrics for “Ripe on the Vine” are an emotional, sentimental ode dedicated to her husband, Garrison. “The song came to me during the summer – a musicians’ busy season – and this particular summer I had so much work scheduled that I had only two days off from April to September,” says Shan. She also explains what a ripe-on-the-vine love means. She says, “A love that is past the first date jitters, the passionate flings, the figuring each other out and instead is about the calm, quiet moments where you enjoy just snuggling on the couch and watching a movie after a long day.”
Shan’s latest single “Ripe on the Vine” is well-written and percolates with honest emotion. Her passion for a catchy melody sung with style and accuracy delivers the song. The band is excellent, and the song is well-recorded and mixed. Shan’s easy-going country style will appeal to fans of that genre and beyond. Her personality and character shine with an unpretentious elegance, her friendly nature—as her melodies fill the space with beauty.
Ripe on the Vine
February 21, 2020
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