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The debut full-length release by The Highwomen
Country supergroup featuring Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires
"While it's absolutely and unapologetically meant as an addition to the discourse on inequality and lack of diversity that's been ruling Nashville and country music (country radio in particular) for decades now, it's also a country classic, no matter which way you spin it. The genre's best talents, both men and women, have gathered, and they succeeded in creating a multi-generational, monumental music event." — Paste magazine
The Highwomen is a new, highly anticipated, collaboration by Brandi Carlie, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires. "Anyone can be a Highwoman," Belinda Carlile notes. "It's about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love."
Continually demonstrating the importance of inclusion and collaboration, The Highwomen are joined by several guest musicians, vocalists and songwriters across the album. The project features Sheryl Crow (background vocals, bass), Yola (vocals, background vocals), Dave Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar), Jason Isbell (acoustic/electric guitar), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocals), Tim Hanseroth (guitar, background vocals), Chris Powell (drums) and Peter Levin (piano and keyboards) with songs written by Carlile, Hemby, Morris, Shires, Isbell, the Hanseroth twins, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert and Ray LaMontagne among many others.
Carlile and Shires, both outspoken liberal feminists in the hugely male-dominated 21st-century country music space, met several years ago and became fast friends. When Carlile's newfound clout as an award winner (six nominations and three wins at the 2019 Grammys), she and Shires were able to pivot that friendship into a project and an album, bringing longtime Nashville songwriter-singer Hemby and rising star Morris into the fold.
The album itself crackles with energy, as the four women and a host of collaborators are clearly enjoying working together. Sometimes that results in songs that are flat-out fun. But since the group was formed directly in response to the lack of female representation in mainstream country music, there's a hefty dose of more serious material as well.
|My Name Can't Be Mama|
|If She Ever Leaves Me|
|Don't Call Me|
|My Only Child|
|Heaven Is A Honky Tonk|
|Cocktail And A Song|
|Wheels Of Laredo|