Do you, like me, have a long history with country music, but hate what it has become in the past 10 years? Specifically, what happened to strong women singing about women's stuff in country music? Remember Faith, Martina, the Dixie Chicks, Reba?? What happened, y'all?
Well, our prayers have been answered—a new female country supergroup formed earlier this year and released its first album in September. The members are Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires. YES, PLEASE.
Scott checks out music from the library on his Hoopla app (we are BIG library people 🤣), and he introduced me to this album this weekend while we were camping. He had already listened to it and loved it, which makes me so proud and glad he is the father of my daughter, but anyway. This music had me laughing and crying, sometimes simultaneously. The songwriting is just SO GOOD. I love that this album is so focused on women without being man-hating or centered on romantic themes.
No. 2: Redesigning Women
Redesigning Women is a modern woman's anthem—proud, self-deprecating, honest and so relatable. My favorite lyrics:
"Redesigning women / Running the world while we're cleaning up the kitchen / Making bank, shaking hands, driving 80 / Tryna get home just to feed the baby"
"Pulling up the floors and changing out the curtains / Some of us are saints and some of us are surgeons / Made in God's image, just a better version / And breaking every jello mold"
And I can't leave out the bridge:
"How do we do it? How do we do it?
Making it up as we go along
How do we do it? How do we do it?
Half way right and half way wrong"
I promise this song will make you laugh and make you so proud to be a woman. I'm obsessed.
No. 4: Crowded Table
This speaks straight to a mama's heart. God, I'm crying just thinking about it.
"I want a house with a crowded table
And a place by the fire for everyone."
STOP IT RIGHT NOW.
No. 5. My Name Can't Be Mama
You know those days when you just want to run away and not be "Mama" for a day? This song. Hilarious.
No. 7. Old Soul
I have never heard a song articulate how I've felt about why I never went through any kind of rebellious phase—I always say "I've been 30 since I was 12" and this song perfectly describes that feeling. I love when music or writing screams "YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE!"
"Weight of the world on these small shoulders / Beyond my years is where I like to stand / My crazy chapter was already over before it began"
No. 9 My Only Child
*Trigger Warning for those who have experienced infertility, miscarriage or the loss of a child.
This song is a love letter to the little person a mama has accepted will be her only child. I sobbed through the entire song the first time I heard it.
"I know you wish / You had a brother who had blue eyes just like you / I know you wish / You had a sister you could tell your secrets to / Maybe we'll miss / Having four sets of china on the table / But I guarantee you this / You mean more to me than branches to a maple"