âPink glasses; I prefer this lens. Makes the world a better place than it was then … “
The opening lyrics to the title track from Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps’ new album, Pink glasses, Vothe. 1, released today via Blue Heart Discs, captures the spirit of love, perseverance, strength and joy that pervades the Los Angeles-based band’s 12th album.
She prefers this goal.
Singer and keyboardist Teresa James and her husband, producer and bassist Terry Wilson share many reasons for their optimistic outlook. After many years on the international music scene, recording and touring with artists including Eric Burdon, Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Randy Newman, and more, their 2019 album, Here in Babylon, received a GRAMMY nomination in the Contemporary Blues Album category.
A family matter.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Teresa grew up around music, studying classical piano and learning guitar from her father. From her first performance at age eight with her father, she knew she wanted music in her life. It’s no surprise that she later discovers a music and life partner in Terry Wilson. A prolific songwriter and producer, Terry provided much of the soundtrack to Teresa’s passionate and soul-infused vocal performances, in addition to her writing and production work for other artists. Their daughter, Lucy, is married to Richard Millsap, the band’s drummer based in Austin, Texas. Band of pagans. In 2017, their son, Jesse, joined the Heathens on bass and vocals. Soon after, Jesse introduced Terry to the talented Nicki bluhm, who co-wrote “Rose Colored Glasses” with Terry and sings the backing vocals on the track. âI had started a ghost trail and sent it to Nicki,â said Terry. “She made some suggestions for the lyrics and the melody and she absolutely succeeded.”
Teresa and Terry saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during the pandemic as all of their touring musician friends were anchored to invite a coterie of great musicians as guests to the slopes. Featured artists include Kevin McKendree and Yates McKendree; plus Anson Funderburgh, David Millsap, Dean Parks, Lee Roy Parnell, James Pennebaker, Johnny Lee Schell and Snuffy Walden, all from Texas. They ended up with a veritable treasure trove of new music, so much so that there will finally be two volumes of the album. The first volume was mixed and mastered by double Grammy nominee John Porter. âThe main thing for me is that I really love singing more than anything in the world. This is my passion. This is my therapy â, says Therese. Her feelings shine throughout this live performance of “Rose Colored Glasses”, recorded at Hall 41 in Burbank, California.