Title - Yellow Cowboy Hat [EP]
Artist - Grace Womack
For those unware, Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Grace Womack is set to release her debut EP, Yellow Cowboy Hat, on August 13th, 2021.
A 20-year-old rising junior (majoring in English and Government) at the University of Texas, Womack showcases her broad range and vocal dexterity through nimble, lyrical narratives about what interests her: friendship, love, confusion, forgiveness, and how lives become intertwined and grow apart. I often end up writing about what I don’t know—how nothing is certain, and how confusing it is to be alive sometimes. I write what feels real, she says.
1. Pity The Fool
4. Yellow Cowboy Hat
5. Miss Tennessee
6. How We Met
The first single from the EP, and also the opener, Pity the Fool, and which came out May 28th and premiered at Glide Magazine (who praised Womack and the track, writing, Though she may be young, Womack displays a soulful wisdom in the piano-driven song that harkens back to ’70s pop music), is a magnificent jaunt through those late ‘70s, melody-driven, bold piano, plucky guitar and dramatically cultured vocalizations, and that’s backed seamlessly by the feisty origins and piano work, much akin to Elton John, of Friendship, and then we get the second single, the earthy, beautifully crafted, fully layered ballad Oblivion.
The funky country-pop rock of the title track Yellow Cowboy Hat is an uproariously joyous musical number of the highest order, complete with saxophone and Hammond organ, and it is itself followed by the lonesome, lovelorn yearn of Troubadour storytelling within Miss Tennessee, the EP closing out on the third single, the funk-led, foot-tapping, pop-rock melodies of How We Met.
The EP is rife with Womack’s trademark romantic, down-to-earth tunes that reveal a rare depth and a warm curiosity about the world around her. There’s a gentleness and ease to Womack’s pop-meets-R&B sound that feels both self-assured and at the same time vulnerable.
Backed by delicate harmonies, her voice weaves around mellow acoustic guitar riffs and piano melodies, floating up to high octaves with the effortless grace of powerhouse pop vocalist Sara Bareilles and sinking down to croon husky alto melodies with the low-key cool of bluesy R&B chanteuse Alana Davis. Her style has also been compared to Lizzie McAlpine, Lake Street Dive, and Kacey Musgraves.
A performer since the age of 9, Womack was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she developed an early love for musical theater that eventually distilled into a love for writing and performing her own songs.
Inspired by everything from her dad’s dreams of writing novels, to classic artists ranging from The Beatles to Linda Ronstadt, to the work of idiosyncratic pop artists like Wisconsin drummer-turned-singer Sammy Rae, Womack is a genuine writer at heart. Her soothing anthems are rich in visual imagery and metaphor, exploring the range of human experience in candid and elegant detail.
Yellow Cowboy Hat was produced by Jason Wyatt (former member of Lost Trailers who has also shared stages with Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Maggie Rose, and many more), and the EP was mixed and mastered by Elliott Didur and recorded at Didur’s studio in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Joining Womack in studio were Adam Nitti (Kenny Loggins, Carrie Underwood, Michael McDonald, Susan Tedeschi) on bass; Luke Mosely (Casting Crowns, Francesca Battistelli) on keys; Scott Bernard on guitar; and Eric Flores on drums.
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