There are artists who can command attention. They lean into their songs with an irresistible edge and total emotional connection and stay there. Sallie Ford is one of those artists. On her fourth album, Soul Sick, Ford gathered her strengths, took them into Portland’s Type Foundry studio along with producer Mike Coykendall (M Ward, She&Him) at the helm and created music that draws on all of her influences but still comes out her own. Looking at her life, there isn’t much way it could have come out differently. And this is the album which proves it.
Sallie Ford grew up in Asheville, North Carolina in a musical family. At nineteen she moved to Portland, OR to explore her creative side which led to her career in music. Like all aspiring artists, there were enough twists and turns along with several serious dead ends, but Sallie persevered by creating songs that took those life challenges and turned them upside down into inspired music. Much of it is inspired by ’60s music, whether it’s the music of the British Invasion like the Kinks and the Troggs, or American groups Canned Heat and ?&the Mysterians. Add on other influences like girl groups the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las and the Ronettes, and the sound of Soul Sick comes into focus.