Pam Tillis | Looking for a Feeling
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Icon. Trailblazer. Award winner. Legacy. Thelma. Roots. Iconoclast. Vocalist. Wit. Pam Tillis, the Grammy-nominated and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year is all those things, and more. Beyond being the child of Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, the Plant City, Florida-born songwriter/chanteuse has been blurring lines between country/rock/soul since before her critically acclaimed (and largely unselling) Above & Beyond the Doll of Cutey.

“Maybe It Was Memphis,” “Spilled Perfume,” “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Cleopatra, Queen of Denial,” “Let That Pony Run,” “Mi Vida Loca.” These songs represented women working, facing change, finding — and losing — love, but all on their own terms. Pragmatic, romantic, engaged, Tillis had a vocal range, a caramel tone that pulled listeners in, and the ability to twist notes to open up the emotional force of her songs.

And that has only deepened on Looking for a Feeling, her 11th studio album, due out April 24, 2020 on Stellar Cat Records via OneRPM Distribution. From the Muscle Shoals torch of the title track to the languid, healing “My Kinda Medicine,” the wry Beatlesesquery of “Karma” to the enveloping Marty Robbins’ sweep of “Lady Music,” these are all facets of one of contemporary music’s most consistently interesting women.

“Stylistically, there’s so much here that’s always been a part of me,” she says of the dozen tracks. “It’s a story I haven’t told on any of my records so far. I wanted work that’s as close to true and unselfconscious as possible, to provide access to my heart.”