Sounds Like: The crystal-clear harmony of four award-winning songwriters and multi-instrumentalists whose songs have previously hit country radio in the hands of other artists.
For Fans of: Dixie Chicks, Pistol Annies, SheDaisy and wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass
Why You Should Pay Attention: Before becoming a single unit, the multi-talented members of Farewell Angelina – Nicole Witt, Andrea Young, Lisa Torres and newcomer Lauren Lucas – experienced individual successes by having their songs cut by artists like George Strait, Lee Brice and Rodney Atkins, while also lending their voices and instruments to songs by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean and Jerrod Niemann. Their debut self-titled EP, co-produced by Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson), was just released this summer and features the tongue-in-cheek "Hillbilly 401K" and the flirty "Shotgun Summer," which flaunt the group's songwriting savvy and instrumental expertise.
They Say: "It's been a real gift to write for our band and find our own voice. Although writing solo is rewarding, writing together is rewarding and a blast," says Witt. "We really have a lot of fun in the writing room. We have such a strong relationship where everybody can let it all hang out. We know that unless you feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable, you aren't ever going to catch the magic." Regarding their "courtesy of Bob Dylan" moniker, Young says: "We were looking for a unique band name that was both attention grabbing and feminine. Since some of our favorite bands have been named after songs, we started a list of song titles with women's names in them. We all gravitated to 'Farewell Angelina' and we fell in love with the story behind the song. It was written in the middle of a musical transition for Bob Dylan. For us, it represents that same musical growth and discovery."
Hear for Yourself: "If It Ain't With You" does a great job of bringing together everything that Farewell Angelina does best – witty lyricism and deft playing – into one sonic knockout punch. W.H.