Blix Street Records
Evan Cassidy, died far too soon at age 33, and American Tune may be the final testament to her remarkable voice. American Tune is comprised of five tracks of newly uncovered rehearsal tapes, three live recordings, a demo and an early recording of that too-covered tune (but not here), the Lennon-McCartney standard Yesterday.
In her usual eclectic fashion, Cassidy raids the vaults of rhythm & blues (Ray Charles’s Hallelujah I Love Him So), Philadelphia soul (the Gamble-Huff Drowning in the Sea of Love), pop (Cyndi Lauper’s lovely True Colors), folk (an exquisite reading of the traditional The Water is Wide) and jazz (Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing). One can only hope that there are still more Cassidyean treasures yet to be uncovered.