Title - 'Last Will & Testament'
Artist - Bonnie Whitmore
For those not in the know, Bonnie Whitmore is not new to the music business.
Indeed, for the last two decades, she’s played bass and sung with some of the biggest artists in the Americana genre: Hayes Carll, John Moreland, Eliza Gilkyson, Sunny Sweeney, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, to name a few.
She’s also maintained a weekly residency at the legendary Continental Club Gallery in Austin, where she lives.
Her 2016 release F*** With Sad Girls turned heads, but with her brand new album, Last Will & Testament (due out October 2nd, 2020), Whitmore has turned a corner in her own artistry that may just catapult her to the top of the Americana heap.
As someone who’s never shied away from the issues, she’s not afraid to be direct. Her record is full of topical songs, tackling suicide, rape culture, loss, and the great American divide.
It’s not easy to talk about heavy subjects without weighing the music down, but Whitmore pulls it off without difficulty. It’s like she’s used to talking about serious matters in casual conversation — which she is.
1. 'Last Will & Testament'
2. 'None Of My Business'
3. 'Right Wrong'
5. 'Asked For It'
6. 'Time To Shoot'
7. 'Love Worth Remembering'
9. 'Flashes And Cables'
10. 'George's Lullaby'
Opening with an angelic chorus that soon bursts into a thumping, foot-stompin' blues grinder of a title track, that's backed by the magnificent, low slung ballad 'None Of My Business,' the melodic, finger-snappin' mid-tempo late '60s ambiance of 'Right Wrong,' and then both the guitar-led rhythms of 'Fine' and the frenetic guitar and tambourine fest of my own personal favorite, 'Asked For It.'
The atmospheric mood of the mid-tempo ballad 'Time To Shoot' takes us into Americana territory and that's followed by the yearning, storytelling ballad 'Love Worth Remembering,' the interestingly orchestrated 'Imaginary,' and then rounds out with the, at times, breathily vocalized, others laden with head held high rock reminiscences of 'Flashes And Cables,' closing on the lush, mid'50s soft vocals and instrumentation of the beautiful 'George's Lullaby.'
“I’ve definitely been told to shut up and sing,” Bonnie freely admits, referencing the phrase that became commonplace after it was directed at The Chicks.
In such divided times, many artists have become hesitant to share their opinions for fear of being ostracized or losing fans. But Bonnie took “shut up and sing” literally. “I thought, fine, I’m just going to sing what I want to talk about.”
“My goal for this record is to inspire people to have hard conversations,” she further explains. “But I definitely subscribe to writing pop music, with catchy lyrics and repeating phrases.”
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