For a moment it seemed as if Frazey Ford started the intro to ‘Angie’. The A minor chord with the raised nine on the top string, as a tribute to the sick Mick Jagger who had to cancel his concert in the Johan Cruijff Arena just before. False alarm, because she sang her own ‘Lay Down With You’. Just like everything about the Canadian singer Frazey Ford is completely unique.
Her voice is made of butter and helium, her vibrato seems to float on the clouds. Frazey Ford breathes emotion. Hypothermic white soul has been her trademark since she released the album in 2014 Indian Ocean made with the Hi Rhythm Section in Memphis, once the house band of Al Green and Ann Peebles. In addition, Ford has a folk history with the trio The Be Good Tanyas, who became famous posthumously for music at a crucial scene in the series. Breaking Bad†
She survived the pandemic with ceramics, her dog and her son (“my teenager”). The music from her new album You kin B the Sun she took to jam sessions with her fantastic, funky band. Backing singer Caroline Ballhorn is the indispensable pillar of her thin vocals. New guitarist Gavin Youngash can play the tiles of the roof without much volume. Alternately with guitar or piano, Frazey Ford sang spiritual songs like ‘You Got Religion’ and ‘Golden’ about light at the end of the tunnel. She dedicated ‘Azad’ to her sister, a ‘wild motherfucker’.
With amazement she recalled the last time in TivoliVredenburg, when D’Angelo played in the same building and thanks to his diva behavior (“he started an hour late”) she could see his show after hers. Frazey Ford has a different kind of soul, best illustrated by her stirring version of Bob Dylan’s ‘One More Cup of Coffee’. A song by someone else that she made all her own.