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“The Highwomen”

Label: Elektra Records
Genre: Country

Throughout history, certain narratives have been silenced - those of women, queer people and people of color - and while nothing can right the wrongs of the past, there is some justice in telling those stories. That is the intention throughout in The Highwomen’s self-titled debut album. The foursome, comprised of Grammy Award-winning artist Brandi Carlile, “The Middle’’ vocalist Maren Morris, songwriter Natalie Hemby and singer and violinist Amanda Shires, have taken back the country music genre to shed light on perspectives that were missed in songs past.

The 12-track EP transports you to the world of classic country, recalling artists such as Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. But instead of taking stances such as Wynette’s in “Stand by Your Man,’’ The Highwomen bring a more nuanced side to the conversation. The album is groundbreaking. It pays homage to the best parts of classic country music, displaying expert instrumentation, tight harmonies and ringing vocals. Yet, it is unafraid to challenge the genre’s norms and shortcomings in a way that is nonabrasive. AP

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