If you were to ask me for some of the most incredible harmonies I have heard lately in music, I would say the Calamity Janes. I was so caught off guard with how incredible these ladies sound! What a musical treat for the ears that they have provided on their album “Roots & Wings.”
Women in country music is something I try to pay attention to because they just do not get the attention they should. In many cases you can argue that the talent pool is lacking compared to men. I don’t know the numbers to say how true that is, but I can say that I have been coming across some incredibly talented women that are not on the billboard charts. What is even more crazy is how women like this can go under so many people’s radar. It’s downright criminal in my book.
I wanted to give music fans the chance to hear the music of the Calamity Janes because there is something to be said for making music with the traditional country/folk instruments with the voices being the focal point. You just do not have the pleasure to hear artists sing with their voices in harmony, complimenting each other on country radio. Rather you are served a large dose of rock and pop and occasionally a measly song of substance.
The first song on their album is “Middle Sister” which is a twangy tune about a divorce one the sister’s went through. Her husband cheated on her and she had suspected it all along. While based on true events, there is a humor here as she “took fate into her own hands” after she was wronged. This resulted in a confrontation to the woman that her husband cheated with. In the song, a house many have gone up in flames as well…Good ‘ole fashioned justice!
“Gypsy” is another divorce song features a strong beat and some almost angry fiddle. The instrumentation is tailored so well to the sister’s singing and let’s you feel the frustration of the failed relationship. He attempts to tie her down and is referred to as a “a fallen angle, the devil in disguise” which shows you the level of distaste for this man.
I love the song “Gone to Texas” where they sing about their love for the Lone-star state. They explained to me that the idea behind the song was came from a negative experience in NYC. A mall jewelry store worker made a nasty comment about them having an “ugly accent” so they replied her face was ugly LOL! While I had a good experience when I went to NYC, I am also from the Northeast so I am used to some of the behavior that at times is unfortunately part of this area. This certainly does not apply to everyone here, but there is a faster paced, more rude demeanor compared to the southern states I have visited. And people wonder why I eventually want to move…
This trio has been getting some serious time through my stereo lately and I can’t recommend them enough. They will be releasing a new song, Pullin’ Weeds” on May 18th which will help you get those toxic people out of your life. Keep an eye out for that one!
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
Check out my spotify for good tunes!