The Moment by Mia Dyson

mia-dyson-revThree years ago award-winning blues based singer-songwriter and guitarist Mia Dyson departed our shores to further her career in the tough US market. Despite setbacks, Dyson has channelled her frustrations in love and career into a tight and focused bunch of songs that are easily her best to date. The album was financed by her loyal local fan base and it shows.

Dyson lays down a solid bunch of punchy grooves, taking us through a varied collection of songs that strongly feature themes of love lost and sporadic observations of life in her adopted home. There are slow-burn bluesy numbers like ‘Tell Me’ which feature economical but expressive guitar licks and of course that powerful voice. Comparisons with Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt (who Dyson has toured with) are inevitable; this could be the album that takes her career to the next level.

Paul Barr is a Music Specialist at Readings Carlton.