In the 10th Edition of What I'm Listening To I share a few songs from both Trisha Yearwood's new album, Every Girl, and The Highwomen's self-titled debut. Hope you enjoy!
"Tell Me Something I Don't Know" is a standout song on Trisha Yearwood's latest record, Every Girl. The vocals, which feature Kelly Clarkson, are stellar (as always), and are really the driving force of this song. The lyrics find the singer taking on those that say her current lover is going to break her heart. She knows full well that it will probably end in tears, but she knows that she needs to find that out for herself and "make her own mistakes".
This song is beautifully done and seemed to stick with me, it has been on steady rotation since its release.
"The Matador", which is actually a cover originally written and recorded by Gretchen Peters, is THE standout on the record. It's haunting, beautiful, cinematic, and poetic, everything we've come to expect from a Peters' song, and Trisha covers it beautifully. This was actually the first time I've heard the song, and I was absolutely enthralled with it. There's a dark, haunted quality to it, made more beautiful by the Latin flavor of the mariachi horns. It's simply gorgeous lyrically, vocally, and instrumentally. A MUST listen.
The Highwomen recently released their debut album, and I have to say, it's among my favorites of this year. One of the standouts on the record is "Old Soul". This song felt as though it was written just for me, I found it incredibly relatable.
It also opened my ears to the fact that Maren Morris can actually sing country! Here's hoping she'll lean into this sound more in the future.
The song finds the narrator wishing she could be a wild child for the day, listing all the things she'd do if she were, but in the end she knows that she'll always be an old soul and that it's a beautiful thing in itself. "Old Soul" is easy on the ears, mellow, and sweet.
I have to admit, when I first heard about Maren's inclusion in The Highwomen, I couldn't help but shake my head. But I have to give credit where credit is due, Maren was an excellent addition to the group and definitely proved that she had every right to be there. Two of my favorite songs on their debut record were co-written by Maren and found her taking the lead vocally as well. I've already covered "Old Soul" above, but "Loose Change" also deserves some love. It's a fun, catchy song with witty lyrics. She sings a lover treating her like "loose change" and not seeing her value. She goes on to tell him that one day she's going to roll right out his pocket and be someone's lucky penny instead of his loose change.
The greatest standout on the superb The Highwomen record is "If She Ever Leaves Me". Co-written by Highwomen member Amanda Shires and husband, Jason Isbell, along with Chris Thompkins , the song finds Brandi Carlile taking the lead, vocally.
"It She Ever Leaves Me" has already taken some criticism due to its open homosexual theme. The song finds the narrator (Brandi) telling a "cowboy" who is admiring her lover that "if she ever leaves me, it won't be for you." The lyrics are incredibly witty and delivered beautifully. There's no denying, regardless of where you stand on the subject, that this song is excellently written and well done.
I don't care who you are, this is a good song.
Born and raised in Upstate NY, Liz is a freelance writer. She has written for websites, blogs, and magazines for the last 10 years. She works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a proofreader and beta reader for several authors, all the while working on her first book.