Triumphant return by one of Nashville’s finest and criminally over-looked female country vocalists
The executives at Sony Nashville, who made the decision a couple of years ago to drop Tammy Cochran from their Epic imprint should be ashamed of themselves. The best hard-country female singer in Nashville today, Tammy carries the torch of legendary vocalists such as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Jean Shepard and Connie Smith. She is the real deal, possessing a no-hold-barred emotional voice that cuts right through to your very heart and soul. Now taking the indie-label route, the aptly titled WHERE I AM is the country album that Faith Hill never made. Quite different to Tammy’s self-titled Epic debut and the follow-up, 2002’s LIFE HAPPENED, all dozen songs are Tammy’s own songs, mainly co-writes with Patricia Gray. Tastefully emotional and impressively grounded in reality, the album chronicles the ups-and-downs of romantic relationships. This is not the sugar-coated variety of country served up by the likes of Shania, LeAnn or SheDaisy. Tammy Cochran makes you feel the pain and hurt of rejection, a broken heart and frustration. It’s not all as heavy as it might at first seem, as Tammy takes a positive look at those first few days of falling in love with the upbeat Ride of Your Life, a theme that is also to the fore with album closer, Chemistry.