Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Kenmore Summer Concert Series on Thursday

Miss Tess  & the Talkbacks - Contributed photo/Brian Geltner
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks
— image credit: Contributed photo/Brian Geltner

The fifth concert of the City of Kenmore Summer Concert Series will be swinging to the novel sounds of Miss Tess  & the Talkbacks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Saint Edward State Park.

The Brooklyn-based singer and band offers a unique sound that is difficult to categorize into a traditional genre. Miss Tess & the Talkbacks provide cover and original songs that have been described as “early Tom Waits-esque lounge ballads, old timey country, a dollop of folk rock and a sprinkle of catchy jazz.” Another reviewer defined the band as “modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintains a unique and personal sound.”

When Miss Tess has been asked to describe her music, she says it has evolved over the years and has “become slightly edgier and there is some more country and early rock n’ roll coming through” citing the fact her band has added two electric guitar players.

The band released their latest EP in October 2013 featuring six cover songs from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Bonnie Raitt and more as well as one original, The Love I Have For You, which is a flashback sound of the rock n’ roll era a la Elvis. Miss Tess is also the winner of the 2008 Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year” and the 2012 New England Music Award for “Jazz Act of the Year.”

More information about this band can be found at and their Facebook page


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