CD review: The Trishas, 'High, Wide & Handsome'

Roots music fans who get an earful of their tight, sisterly harmonies may be ready to swear that the all-female quartet is really a family band, but Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch are only related in music and spirit.
Oklahoman Published: September 7, 2012
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COUNTRY/ROOTS

The Trishas ‘High, Wide & Handsome' (The Trishas Music)

The Trishas haven't even been making music together four years, but you wouldn't know it by listening to their first full-length album, “High, Wide & Handsome.”

Roots music fans who get an earful of their tight, sisterly harmonies may be ready to swear that the all-female quartet is really a family band, but Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch are only related in music and spirit.

The singer/songwriter/musicians were initially brought together in January 2009 to give a one-off performance at a tribute to Welch's father, well-known Oklahoma-bred songwriter Kevin Welch, but it's easy to hear on their debut LP the sonic chemistry that quickly bonded them together.

The Trishas — their band name is a tip of the hat to Owasso-based Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood, who scored a 1990s smash with the Kevin Welch cowritten “That's What I Like About You” — specialize in an authentic, rootsy brand of country that doesn't get much play on mainstream country radio anymore. From the toe-tapping opening track “Mother of Invention,” it's apparent the Austin, Texas-based foursome has grounded its sound in classic country traditions rather than '80s arena rock sound.

That's not to say that the wistful ode “Strangers,” the thoughtful two-step “Liars & Fools” or the rawly confessional “Cheater's Game” come across as old-fashioned, since The Trishas never fail to sound fresh and contemporary. But their songs feel as if they were crafted by real musicians on a back porch somewhere rather than manufactured by committee and slickly polished to guarantee maximum radio play and arena readiness.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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