Country/rockabilly songstress Heather Ballentine is sure to generate attention for her strong new album The Cat's Meow via the fact it was produced by U.S. roots music wizard Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam). The varied offering showcases Ballentine's strong and authentic vocals and her songwriting chops (in collaboration with Larry Bartley). A self-described retro pin-up gal, Ballentine has the classic look as well as the sound down, and she's a charming performer. Arkansas-born, she is also an accomplished actress and she recently created Heather Ballentine’s Pin Up Parlour, a YouTube tutorial series for women.
Ballentine and her 10-piece band impressed the crowd (and this scribe) at her album release party at Toronto's Lula Lounge last week. She has return dates at Lula, Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, and showcases at the CCMAs in Halifax in mid-Sept. We predict she'll make a splash there.