14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is country music done right: rich in harmonies, with acoustic instruments, the occasional fired-up electric guitar, and songwriting that points up the quartet's strengths. The Trishas hadn't even meant to become an ongoing concern; they chose their name because they were covering a Trisha Yearwood tune in tribute to Savannah Welch's dad, singer/songwriter Kevin Welch. However, the group's collective talent demanded that they work full-time. An EP led to this debut full-length, which recalls the strengths of The Dixie Chicks, Suzy Bogguss, and the alt-country groups who've returned country to its roots. "Mother of Invention" adds a twangy lead guitar to this celebration of resourcefulness. "Strangers" captures a sense of loss and alienation with its sorrowful gait. Kenny Vaughan kicks "Cheater's Game" into swampy terrain with bluesy, electric guitar that threatens to take a few heads off. "Cold Blooded Love" stalks the night with a nocturnal groove, haunted backing vocals, and creaky fiddle. "Rainin' Inside" works sultry Shelby Lynne territory.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is country music done right: rich in harmonies, with acoustic instruments, the occasional fired-up electric guitar, and songwriting that points up the quartet's strengths. The Trishas hadn't even meant to become an ongoing concern; they chose their name because they were covering a Trisha Yearwood tune in tribute to Savannah Welch's dad, singer/songwriter Kevin Welch. However, the group's collective talent demanded that they work full-time. An EP led to this debut full-length, which recalls the strengths of The Dixie Chicks, Suzy Bogguss, and the alt-country groups who've returned country to its roots. "Mother of Invention" adds a twangy lead guitar to this celebration of resourcefulness. "Strangers" captures a sense of loss and alienation with its sorrowful gait. Kenny Vaughan kicks "Cheater's Game" into swampy terrain with bluesy, electric guitar that threatens to take a few heads off. "Cold Blooded Love" stalks the night with a nocturnal groove, haunted backing vocals, and creaky fiddle. "Rainin' Inside" works sultry Shelby Lynne territory.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

29 Ratings

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Hands down, best album of 2012. They are sensational live (heard them 3 different times) and the album does a nice job reflecting their sound.

About The Trishas

An all-girl alt-country group from Austin, Texas, the Trishas (Savannah Welch, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Jamie Wilson) first performed together as a one-off act as part of a MusicFest tribute to Kevin Welch (Savannah's father) in Steamboat, Colorado in 2009. Encouraged by the reception they received, they officially joined forces. All four had been around the block in the music business, though: Mickwee, a mandolinist, had been a part of the duo Jed & Kelly; Wilson had been a member of the Gougers, a popular Austin-area band; Foster, a skilled harmonica player, was part of the duo Liz & Lincoln and had spent years touring as part of a Motown revue; and Welch, although she primarily pursued acting, had grown up singing with her father and brother. An EP, They Call Us the Trishas, appeared in 2010, followed by a full-length debut, High, Wide and Handsome, produced by Mike Poole, in 2012. ~ Steve Leggett

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