Jerome, Idaho. Better known as the town where Evil Knievel jumped over the Snake River Canyon, has a new claim to fame, Amy Trail.
This vocal and songwriting powerhouse left the painted canyons of Idaho to pursue her muse in the city of New Orleans. Amy first gained notoriety in New Orleans by becoming the first female to be awarded the prestigious Basin Street jazz scholarship at the University of New Orleans.
Amy's songwriting has the familiarity and wit of an early Carole King, overlain with "a most compelling vocal style, by turns sensual, soulful and powerful"-Ben Rogers, Where Y'at Magazine.
Shortly before Hurricane Katrina, Amy had just completed her self-produced debut album, had been a featured performer at the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage and French Quarter Festivals and had finished filming the New Orleans music showcase, "Dew Drop Inn".
CD Review- Where Y'at Magazine
Amy Trail?s strong debut album indicates promise in a continued career as a talented songstress. A student of the jazz studies program at UNO and regular performer at Pat O?Brien?s in the French Quarter, I?m sure Miss Trail is no stranger to the seedy underbelly of New Orleans? whacked out nightlife. Trail possesses a most compelling vocal style, by turns sensual, soulful and powerful. Love may not have treated Trail very kindly as evidenced by this all original collection of ?wear your heart on your sleeve? songs. The great backing by the rhythm section and some harmonious harmonies by the backing singers sometimes lead one to compare the band to Steely Dan, but with good looking people (see ?Backup Plan?). Trail can also deliver admirably killer put-downs to possible ex-lovers out there, as shown on the tune ?Tan Your Hide? with ?What is a man without a little integrity, he is a man with a child?s mentality.? Ouch! Gentlemen, time to nurse your wounds.
by Ben Rogers