ROLL THE DICE
On Roll the Dice, Collins rocks with fury, then spreads out over an expansive roots music terrain. Her 4th studio record has what you'd expect from Stacie Collins and also a few left turns. It's a fine blend of 70's flavored rock-AND-roll mixed with gritty-blues and old-school-country like her previous releases BUT on this record she has taken a few turns off of her usual path yet never straying too far.
Roll the Dice, her fifth album showcases an exuberant, harmonica-drenched, cocktail of rock, blues, and Americana. For this one, Collins brought in her bass-playing husband, guitar slingers Dan Baird (The GA Satellites, Homemade Sin) and Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan), drummer, Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams, Steve Earl) and other master musicians. “With players like that, the energy comes from the music, and it becomes all about heart,” she says. “You leave your brain somewhere else. I don’t know how to classify this stuff, but people say it’s unique and familiar at the same time.”
The album showcases Stacie's harp playing and uses a bit more acoustic harp than previous recordings, which gives the the record a more diverse pallet of sweet and dirty harmonica tones. Guitarists Baird and Freed weave their parts together perfectly, filling out the left and right speakers to compliment Collins' soulful vocals. The rhythm section of Brad Pemberton and Al Collins lay the foundation and Michael Webb tastefully adds a touch of B3 and accordion. In Stacie's words "They're the best damn band a gal could dream of".
Overall, this is Stacie's most interesting and diverse record to date, giving her long time fans what they expect and then some. This will also be her first official vinyl release which is sure to make some audio-file fans very happy. So take it for a spin but hold on with both hands. There are gonna be some twists and turns!