Bettysoo 'Heart, Sin, Water, Skin' Self-release

From the opening bars of this album it is graced with a distinctive Gurf Morlix production. Morlix has played on and/or produced some great albums with Lucinda Williams, Slaid Cleeves, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Troy Campbell. Here he is producer, engineer and mixer as well as playing a host of instruments alongside additional instrumental contributions from Todd Wilson on organ, Gene Elders on Fiddle and Dave Terry on drums as well Bettysoo herself on vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion.This is her fourth release and her earlier music can be heard on her website. But here she excels with a some strong songs, some atmospheric musical settings and a voice that can be soft and beguiling (Just Another Lover, Whisper My Name) or more insistent with her delivery (Get Clean, Still Small Voice) but overall these songs are delivering at a slow burning pace that allow her vocals to deliver the songs with a clarity and conviction. It also allows the listener to be drawn in, to hear her heart, to live her sin, to slip under the water and let the music get under the skin. The sole cover is the cover of the Jimmie Davis / Hank Williams Snr. song Lonesome Whistle which closes a fine, rootsy album in a simple voice and guitar setting that again underscores the emotion of the song and the character of her voice.