INTERVIEW: The Highway Women

Hi ladies, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? 

Great Thank you!  We are all so busy right now in our solo careers and of course with the single release for The Highway Women.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Devil”? 

Sure, Sara Ann Garrison here!  Part of our group met up in Nashville in October.  We were supposed to be performing at a venue on Broadway but there was some venue drama and our manager said, hey let’s go make music instead. So we booked studio time, practiced and we were lucky enough to have a great song pitched to us, so we just ran with it.

Did any event inspire you to write this song? 

The songwriter Cory Singer told us he was inspired to write a song about one of his musical heroes who passed this year, Chris Cornell but he wanted it to have a Johnny Cash vibe.  He can lay a song down, we felt lucky to have the chance to record this song.  We put our own spin on it with our country sound and harmonies.

Any plans to release a video for the single?  

(Sara Ann) Not right now, we are going back into the studio right after the New Year to lay down more music for our EP.  So excited to get back to Nashville with my Highway Women Family.   I love these girls.

How was the recording and writing process? 

(Karissa Ella) I loved every second I spent in the studio with my fellow highway women. We were suppose to be “working” but in reality we were laughing and having a great time. You’d think it would be challenging having so many women in the studio but to me, it was comforting because we cheered each other on. Justine our producer could not have been any more patient with us and she made the experience fun and stress free. I can’t wait to record again soon with The Highway Women!

What role does Nashville play in your music? 

(Jenn Ford) Going up to Nashville to record as a member of The Highwaywomen was a huge honor. These women are all talented in their own styles and have amazing voices. It was a lot of fun working with Justine Blazer, in particular, because she is a seasoned artist, and not many women are actually producers in today’s country music industry. She was able to blend all of our voices in a way that made sense, and created a strong portrayal of what each of our strengths are. I have a low voice, and combined with Karissa and Sara, I think it showcased each of our styles in a way that made sense. “The Devil” is only the beginning for me in this project. Although we all have our own solo projects, we come together as a group and help each other because we each have something unique to bring to the table. It doesn’t just apply to the music. We are about empowering other because of how we support each other personally as we pursue music professionally.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? 

(Sara Ann) YES!!  We are recording three more songs in February!!!

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

(Sara Ann) I think we are a creative bunch and we will come up with a cool EP title.

Any plans to hit the road? 

(Jill Pavel, Manager and Owner of The Highway Women).  We have tour dates lines up already for late spring, summer and fall of 2019.  We are not announcing our dates for a few months.  I think people are going to be quite surprised when they see what we have been working on behind the scenes.

What else is happening next in The Highway Women’s world? 

The ladies are all working on their solo project simultaneously as we work on the Highway women project.  This is more than just a band of women, we are creating a movement to support all women in the music industry, from behind the scenes, on the microphone, behind the pen and behind the mixing boards!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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