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Music Review: The Trishas – High, Wide & Handsome

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About 20 seconds into “Mother Of Invention,” the lead track from The Trishas’ forthcoming album High, Wide, & Handsome, I was smiling as that’s when the four-part harmonies kicked in and washed over me.

Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Savannah Welch first performed together as part of a tribute concert for Kevin Welch, who is Savannah’s father. The response to their spur of the moment performance was so positive that they decided to remain together as a group. They took their name, The Trishas, because they covered a Welch composition that had become a hit for Trisha Yearwood.

The songs are country, the music is country (with fiddles playing a prominent part), but the soaring harmonies are the equal of many of the great pop groups and bands of the past. Their voices in unison can make you ache at the perfect combinations.

They have appeared as backing singers on a number of albums and have toured with the likes of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Todd Snider. During 2010, they released an EP titled They Call Us The Trishas. Now firmly committed to their career and touring on their own, they will issue their first full-length album August 7, 2012, titled High, Wide & Handsome.

The band members co-wrote 13 of the 14 tracks. The lyrics travel the roads of life as they explore adulthood, love, loss, and unanswered questions. They play various stringed instruments plus are backed by guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Viktor Krauss, fiddler Tammy Rogers, and pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl. In, above, and through it all, the voices unite, go their own way, and rejoin together.

Tracks such as “Sweet Little Cigars,” “Cold Blooded Love,” “Over Forgiving You,” “John Wayne Country,” and “Gold & Silver” are all fine additions to the country pantheon of songs.

The Trishas have released a vocally spectacular debut album. While the group may be fairly new, the music has a maturity that should appeal to a cross section of music fans. High, Wide, & Handsome is an album that is sure to please and is worth seeking out.

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