Album of the Week: The Highwomen, 'The Highwomen'

The Highwomen self-titled release
The Highwomen comes out Sept. 26, 2019, via Low Country Sound/Elektra (Low Country Sound/Elektra Records)
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In April, the rumors of a supergroup with some of Americana and Country music's most talented performers and songwriters became news when a project called The Highwomen was officially announced. While their name is an homage to the classic country collaboration between Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, The Highwomen flip country cliches upside down on their self-titled debut that has taken the music press by storm.

Inspired by the Me Too Movement and the lack of representation on Country radio, Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, and Maren Morris collaborated with an all-star line-up of producers and songwriters to craft an album that is so much more than a message to the world, it's an instantly classic sounding blend of Americana, folk and country music. With additional credits going to Lori McKenna, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and UK newcomer Yola, The Highwomen is essential listening for 2019.

The album is twelve tracks of perfectly constructed country hooks and Americana harmonies. While Brandi Carlile has the most present voice on the album appearing on eight of the twelve songs, each writer has their own stand out moments of lyrical brilliance. It's a supergroup in the truest sense of the term because all members of the group being their super talent and star power to the album.

The debut self-titled album from The Highwomen is out now and it's the Album of the Week on The Current.

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