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Thread: Today's Female Version of the Highwaymen: Underwood, Lambert, Musgraves, Clark

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    Today's Female Version of the Highwaymen: Underwood, Lambert, Musgraves, Clark

    Jason Scott @JasontheScott Apr 2
    Underwood, Lambert, Musgraves, Clark: Today’s Female Version of the Highwaymen ► http://www.countryoutfitter.com/style/female-highwaymen/ … #CountryMusic


    Underwood, Lambert, Musgraves, Clark: Today’s Female Version of the Highwaymen


    By Jason Scott | April 2, 2015

    Anything boys can do, girls can do better.

    Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson are four of the most prolific country stars in history. After solidifying their own remarkable solo careers (forever changing the mainstream music scene) and working together in varying capacities, the gritty storytellers joined forces and created a super group commonly referred to as The Highwaymen. When their debut entry “Highwayman” proved to be a massive hit (topping the country singles chart in 1985), they released an album by the same name, which also became a hugely successful and career-defining milestone. They followed the single with a cover of Guy Clark’s “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train,” a bonafide Top 20 hit.



    Flash forward to 2015, and a similar thing is happening in the mainstream but not by the men. There are four outstanding females who are and have been challenging the norms since they got their start. They’ve reached into their well-spring of powerful emotion and experience and offered a captivating alternative to what terrestrial radio often dishes out. Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves all appeared on singing competitions (“American Idol” and “Nashville Star,” respectively), but that doesn’t mean their music hasn’t crashed through the mainstream like a two-ton wrecking ball. Brandy Clark has built her house through her songwriting, landing cuts on many A-list superstar albums (more on that below), and like her contemporaries, she has a resounding perspective that has set her apart from any other aspiring female singer. All four powerhouses have risen to the top in their own ways, and without them, the format wouldn’t be as interesting.


    Carrie Underwood
    For her part, she’s far more “pop” sounding than the other three talented females here, but her breadth and expansive sonic elements and topics are just as remarkable. Now having notched 10 years in this business, which is an outstanding feat on its own merits, Underwood has charted some of the most genre-defying and intriguing material of all time. Songs like “Wasted’ (from her Some Hearts debut), “Just a Dream” and her cover of Randy Travis’ “I Told You So” (off 2007’s Carnival Ride), “Blown Away” and the southern gothic-inspired “Two Black Cadillacs” (from 2012’s Blown Away), and her most recent No. 1 hit “Something in the Water” (a baptism tale, lifted from her first-ever greatest hits compilation) poke the thematic flame and have ignited hopeful optimism into where country music is headed next. Her jump-start on the hit singing competition American Idol in 2005 led to some harsh comments about her intentions and paying her dues, but at this point, none of that matters. Underwood, with a deep love for tradition (she often performs at the Grand Ole Opry) and a critical eye for the future, has forged a path that not only draws younger listeners into the fold but stands by what country music is all about: grounded storytelling.

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    Jason (who used to post here on the board) has gone from strength to strength as a Country Music journalist and blogger. I admire his commitment to the breadth and history of the genre - and also the support he gives to artists aiming for more depth and variety in their work.

    In this article he's picked a foursome of ladies who more than meet that description - and the comparison with the Highwaymen is an exciting one. In that occasional super-group It's possible to argue for particular talents among the four - Nelson's haunting and expressive voice, Kristofferson's incisive and cerebral writing, Cash's gritty and determined focus on issues, Jennings innovative music and ability to embody the Outlaw spirit - but look at them again, and much of what had been said of one could as easily be applied to the others. They were all great as solo performers, and coming together was a blending of talents that gave something very special.

    The four ladies are at earlier stages in their careers - but I'd love to hear them get together for an ensemble project. I'm thinking of something more than a live quartet on some special occasion (those "showcase" one-off collaborations rarely do much for me) - but a recording project could be very exciting. I loved the Pistol Annies project, with its unique emphasis on three different talents having equal parts in both the writing and the singing of alternate verses. This foursome could make something really special.
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    ^ agree jason rocks! He did a great job!
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    Thanks for posting.
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    A very well written article, meticulously researched, fairly presented. I miss Jason on here. He always had wonderful things to offer the conversations! I remember when he first moved in order to better his career....
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    great article!


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