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CD review: The Trishas, 'High, Wide & Handsome'
The band members wrote or co-wrote 14 of the 15 tracks (counting the bonus track), collaborating with acclaimed songsmiths Natalie Hemby, Bruce Robison and Jim Lauderdale as well as Welch's father Kevin and brother Dustin. Wilson partnered with Evan Felker, frontman for Oklahoma red dirt band the Turnpike Troubadours, to pen “Little Sweet Cigars,” a Southern gothic story song in the vein of Dolly Parton's best work.
All seasoned musicians, The Trishas all have influences ranging far beyond country, and the follow-up to their 2010 introductory EP “They Call Us The Trishas” reflects their diverse backgrounds. The acoustic ballads “Looking at Me” and “Gold & Silver” have a timeless quality that brings to mind venerable mountain airs, while “Cold Blooded Love” resembles an especially slinky come-on from a Motown girl group, at least until the fiddle takes over. The ladies sing the blues on “Over Forgiving You” and “One Down,” and their jazzy torch song “Rainin' Inside” openly pays homage to Billie Holiday.
The Trishas will close out Norman's 2012 Summer Breeze Concert Series with a free show at 7 p.m. Sunday at Lions Park. The concert is part of the third annual Luncheon on the Grass arts festival, which will feature hands-on arts activities and entertainment from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the park. For more information, call 307-9320 or go to www.pasnorman.org.
— Brandy McDonnell