It’s been more than 20 years since I met Tanya. Cool chicks who sing, play guitar, and write heartfelt songs aren’t exactly thin on the ground in American colleges, but Tanya’s something special. The voice, first of all: impassioned, heart-rending, but never sloppy or unfocused. Her guitar picking is delicate and often bluesy, not just the rhythmic *strum strum strum* of the earnest folkie. And the songs . . . hearing “City of Dreams” the first time was like a punch in the gut. An album is available for streaming or $5 download here: http://tanyareichardvoorhees.bandcamp.com/
And to round things out, here’s a video of Tanya and husband John performing “City of Dreams” at a New Orleans coffeehouse.