I have a love/hate relationship with country music. Growing up in a fairly “country‐esque” town, some of my first albums were Shania Twain, Leann Rimes, and yes, even some good ol’ Brooks and Dunn. Since I’m willingly admitting this, I’ll just refer to the famous saying, “You are a product of your surroundings.” As I got older my knowledge and passion for music grew, and with that I realized there is ‘new country’ and then there is ‘old country’. Needless to say, I ditched Shania and Leann for some Willie and Johnny. If you’re into old country and have an appreciation for strong female musicians, then I suggest keeping your eyes and ears on Canadian darlings Scarlett Jane. You could say their music is somewhat folk noir, being dark and seductive yet powerful with the strong and harmonizing vocals by both Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire.
Emerging in only 2012, Andrea and Cindy are no strangers to the Canadian music scene – both having released solo records and touring Canada before forming Scarlett Jane. With the release of their debut album, Stranger, it didn’t take long for them to start getting recognized, and they even earned two nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Emerging Artist and Best Vocal Group.
This past fall, the two headed to Cuba to write songs for their next album and recently re-released their album Stranger remixed and re-mastered, including a French version of their song “Aching Heart.” Their live performance showcases the ladies’ beautiful vocals and harmonies, as well as captures the energy and emotion of the songs. Their Winter Tour kicks off tomorrow night in Quebec City with the final show being at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto on February 12th, where they will be opening for The Strumbrellas.