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Roots / New Zealand / USA

Americana Duet with Robert Ellis. - Jamie McDell: Worst Crime

. 1 min read . Written by Krister Axel
Americana Duet with Robert Ellis. - Jamie McDell: Worst Crime

We've covered Jamie before; her swift ascent to the top of the Americana charts began with three NZ Music Award nominations, and a win for Best Pop Album of 2013. Her subsequent release had a track featured on American TV series Pretty Little Liars, and since then her star has continued to rise.

For Jamie McDell, it was the music of her childhood that would form the fundamental elements of what excited her the most about songwriting: an honest vocal, lots of acoustic guitar, and a deep respect for the art of storytelling. Worst Crime is featured on The Botox EP, and presents a collaboration with New West Records artist Robert Ellis. This reflective and wistful track retraces the steps of a lost love, with equal helpings of country roots and self-incrimination. The flowing Americana band-sound of strumming guitars, live acoustic drums, and prominent lap-steel contributes a beautiful sense of acceptance and a peaceful resolution for past mistakes. Worst Crime presents Jamie McDell at her best, with a mid-tempo roots-shuffle, tucked behind a gorgeous duet-driven finish with Robert Ellis.

This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.