Originally from the deep south of Columbus, Georgia, Tiff’s early years were steeped in the rich sounds of the Mississippi Delta. From her New Orleans Shrine Circus band-leader Grandfather, to her rhythm and blues record collecting father, to the twangy country ballads blaring from the transistor radios; the sounds from her youth made an impact that would last a lifetime, and this album is a testament to that. This collection of music is more of a celebration of sounds from around the south, than a genre specific band album – think of a moody sound track to a dark southern gothic film…
Tiff co-wrote the album with her song-writing partner and keyboard virtuoso – Pete Z (King of Shag). It was recorded and mixed at Wendy House Studios in Shepherds Bush summer 2010, produced by Grande Dame’s drummer Adrian Meehan and Tiff. The purely analogue album boasts an impressive pedigree of musicians. From Amy Winehouse and Primal Scream horn players, to backing vocals courtesy of Mike Clip Payne of PFUNK, collectively they created a sound that celebrates Tiff’s southern roots.
GRANDE DAME – BLACK LEATHER
Black Leather is the debut single from Grande Dame. Taking a page from Suzi Quattro’s Can the Can and Booker T & the MG’s Green Onions, this 12 bar blues shuffle is sure to excite. Tiff McGinnis whispers and belts out a winner atop Glitter band double drums, severe panned crunchy guitars, Dick Hyman styled moogy goodness, and fantastic horns courtesy of some of the UK’s best players. Crank it up to 11!
The B-side of this golden nugget is The Shakes. With hints of Baby Please Don’t Go & Caravan, this rock and roll blues stomp will get your pulses racing and transport you to a down south juke joint by way of 1950’s Tangiers. Petes Z’s incredible farfisa action, Ade Meehan’s energetic rockabilly drums, with Tiff’s soulful wailing, takes the listener on an incredible journey on the bouts of too many libations. This track is two heavy helpings of blues with a pinch of exotica. Music lovers are sure to enjoy.
Here are some reviews so far —
BP Fallon — “Very vibey Ginchy Music”
PJ Crittendon (Dirty Water Records) — “You like good rock’n’roll? Check out Grand Dam’s limited edition single “Black Leather” it’s glamtastic garage sleaze rock’n’roll that sounds like The Cramps with Ivy singing. It’s also a f*cking work of art!”
Mark Moore (S Express) — “This music excites me!”
Mark Wood (Readers Wives) — “I have been playing this ALL WEEK. It’s fucking fantastic”
Kamikaze U.T. (King Salami & The Cumberland 3) — “It’s a thrilling sound!!!”
Jim Stanton (Horse Meat Disco) — “Love it!”
Johnny Slut (Nag Nag Nag) — “Dancing around to it now!”
Garth Cartwright (Princes Among Men) — “Very dark and powerful piece of work”
Only 300 copies of limited edition coloured vinyl with picture sleeve were pressed. All the artwork done by Tiff.
Included is a 7” by 7” print of blotter art commemorating the magical arabesque sounds of the B Side – The Shakes. Mughal on acid, best describes Tiff’s unique vision for this homage. Made in collaboration with the legendary Institute of Illegal Images, San Francisco, CA – this rarity will appeal to art collectors of the psychedelic persuasion everywhere.