The Highwomen—a country supergroup comprising Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby—have released their much-anticipated eponymous debut album.
The ambitious 12-track record features co-writes by the four superstars alongside other female country contemporaries such as Miranda Lambert, Maggie Chapman and Lori McKenna. The record also includes the previously released single, “Redesigning Women,” as well as their own take on “Highwayman” by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
“The problem is that country music is the story of rural America being told through music. And right now, only one half of the human race’s story is being told,” Carlile told the Seattle Times about the importance of the Highwomen project. “I’m just going to say that [songs like] ‘Strawberry Wine,’ ‘Love Can Build a Bridge,’ ‘Fancy,’ and the songs that I needed for my identity are not being sung on country radio anymore. And that’s a problem for young women not being represented and mirrored in the arts.”
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