Pat Wells
Hometown Lady (1978)

Pat Wells wasn't looking for a career. What happened was, this rich dude started a vanity label in 1976 to put out his own SSW album. He decided to keep the label going and looked around for talent. Fate had him discovering the actually very talented Pat Wells. He gave her a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Boston's best session players, and the result was the label's one great record.

Wells' unpolished, perhaps lazy, maybe sexy vocals contrast with the polished, often jazzy backing. Her unabashedly sentimental, nostalgic sentiments about New England conjure images recognizable to anyone who ever lived there. Wells says it's about "nature, my small town background, the seasons, different people I have known."

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