12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shepard and Kristy Osmunson’s harmonies here are athletically flawless, and with a solid quiver of Music City’s A-list tunesmiths, these songs are catchy, commercial-friendly numbers that confidently pull off semi-twangy rock (“Arizona”), tear-in-beer…er, merlot…balladry (“Thank You”), and womanly empowering lauds (“Just Fine”). The collaborative chemistry between the two singers is especially noticeable in those moments where they let loose with humorous themes and good-time inspiration. “19 and Crazy” is pure Nash Vegas country pop with smile-inducing lyrics that self-deprecatingly poke fun at aging with a pierced bellybutton and a butterfly “tramp stamp” tattoo. And the country-rocking “Karma Is a Female Dog” is all kinds of cute, but it also plays with a tough-girl cool that Gretchen Wilson would drink to. Covering No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” may seem a bit predictable on paper, but Bomshel honky-tonk it up with fiddles replacing the guitar leads as the duo cleverly turn a grrrl anthem into well played cougar irony, à la Jenna Maroney.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Shepard and Kristy Osmunson’s harmonies here are athletically flawless, and with a solid quiver of Music City’s A-list tunesmiths, these songs are catchy, commercial-friendly numbers that confidently pull off semi-twangy rock (“Arizona”), tear-in-beer…er, merlot…balladry (“Thank You”), and womanly empowering lauds (“Just Fine”). The collaborative chemistry between the two singers is especially noticeable in those moments where they let loose with humorous themes and good-time inspiration. “19 and Crazy” is pure Nash Vegas country pop with smile-inducing lyrics that self-deprecatingly poke fun at aging with a pierced bellybutton and a butterfly “tramp stamp” tattoo. And the country-rocking “Karma Is a Female Dog” is all kinds of cute, but it also plays with a tough-girl cool that Gretchen Wilson would drink to. Covering No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” may seem a bit predictable on paper, but Bomshel honky-tonk it up with fiddles replacing the guitar leads as the duo cleverly turn a grrrl anthem into well played cougar irony, à la Jenna Maroney.

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About Bomshel

Bomshel began as an ambitious Tuesday night ritual, where vocalist Buffy Lawson and fiddler Kristy O. would use Nashville's slowest bar night as their stepping stone into one of the most intimidating music scenes around. Soon, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge was filled with people, including some who would routinely make a lengthy drive to see Bomshel perform. Soon the women attracted major attention and were signed to Curb Records, where they were given their own label, Bombstop! Records. In 2009 the group returned with Kristy using her full name, Kristy Osmunson, plus Kelley Shepard as the departed Buffy’s replacement. The group released Fight Like a Girl that same year. ~ Megan Frye

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