This trio of truly country gals, is: Naomi Cooke – Lead Vocals, Hannah Mulholland – lower harmony and mandolin and Jennifer Wayne, formerly a third of another trio, Stealing Angels and she co-wrote Eric Paslay’s top 20 hit, She Don’t Love you. She sings high harmony. Of course, she has a familiar last name – she is John Wayne’s grandchild.
The trio wrote 6 out of 10 tracks. 4 songs previously appeared on a self-titled EP. I am glad that I didn’t buy that one, because I would have been cranky when the EP ran out of songs.
The song that is attracting the most mentions on this album is ironically, a cover of Dwight Yoakam’s Fast As You. It is a great version of a fine song. However, there are some wonderful originals on here, that have drawn obvious comparisons to The Dixie Chicks and Trio – Ronstadt, Parton and Harris.
The first song that I heard was Buy My Own Drinks. I bought this album on the strength of that song. It has such powerful lyrics. I hope that much younger women than I listen to those words and learn from them. It is up tempo, which may at first not take it so seriously, but that is a bit of a disguise….intentional, I think, to grab your attention.
Good, Bad and Ugly is an outstanding track, a love song with a twist. The title track is probably one of my favourites, for obvious reasons and it definitely has that Linda, Dolly and Emmylou feel to it….which is probably one of the most complimentary things that I could write.
All of the girls have roots deeply imbedded in country music and the preservation of a certain style that most of us are grasping on to.
Some of the tracks are more up tempo than others, but they are not bubblegum songs. They have strong messages and they are fairly hard hitting tracks. Of course, I prefer the slow songs, but that is just my taste. As long as the message is coming through, or the musicianship is so strong that it can’t be passed as throw away music, then I am happy.
If you would rather just tap your toes and shift your shoulders, then you can do that, instead, but either way, it is an album with many layers and it can be listened to on many levels.
We Were Rich is another one that many will relate to from their generation and I can understand that ethic too. It has a catchy tune which is faster than a ballad and slower than a country rocker. The sentiment is lovely.
I know the way is another catchy song, with lots of guitars and an infectious drum beat. Interesting twist on a love story, playing the role of the new girlfriend saying how she is going to do things better than the old one.
There is a certain section of the male population that won’t like some of these songs – probably a bit too close to the truth for some. I see them as honest songs and probably a touch edgy, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, a lot of the things that these young women are singing and writing about happen these days, perhaps they have always happened, people have just been to worried to put them into a song.
Got me where I want you is a bit of a disturbing song, but a story that needs to be told and put out there. It can be taken a few ways, but it is an excellent if difficult one to process.
Producers Dann Huff and Ross Coppermann have done a fine job, but I get the idea that the girls had a bit of a say in how the album was put together.
We will be hearing and seeing a lot more of these young women. Hold on to your hats.
“Head Over Heels”
Tommy CecilNaomi CookeHannah MulhollandJared MullinsJennifer Wayne
“Buy My Own Drinks”
CookeJosh KearHillary LindseyMulhollandWayne
“We Were Rich”
Ross CoppermanNicolle GalyonAshley Gorley
“I Know the Way”
CookeMulhollandEmily ShackeltonWayneBen West
“Trouble with This Town”
CookeChris DeStefanoLiz RoseWayne
“Got Me Where I Want You”
Kat HigginsJustin MorganJames T. Slater
“Fast as You”
“I Am Too”
“Good, Bad & Ugly”
Jacob AttwoollCookeMulhollandSamuel RomanWayne
CookeCaroline CutbirthMarcus HummonWayne