There are a ton of talented female artists out there at present — nearly too many to catch them all. They cover a broad range of musical styles, straddling genres and giving us plenty of reasons to love them. Here now are a handful of tracks from some of those gifted women that have made it into our rotation as of late.
Dawn Kinnard describes herself as a “fat old man, stuck in a girl’s body.” No no, don’t run away! Her sometimes spoken, sometimes gravelly croon is wrapped in a quirky package that never fails to be interesting. She’s a preacher’s daughter from Pennsylvania, and she specializes in dark, awkward and entertaining reflections on love and her own personal quirks. She sounds like she should be drawing men’s gazes while performing in front of a big band in a smoky lounge.
Dawn Landes is sometimes a member of the lovely-music-making band Hem. She is always Josh Ritter’s wife, as of May 2009. Landes was born in Louisville, married Ritter in Branson, Missouri and currently lives with him in New York City. Her sound travels about as well as Landes has in her twenty-something years: Very. It moves back and forth between indie-rock gems and alt-country tinged ballads.
Caitlin Rose is straight country, folks. Rose calls Nashville home, has a UK label and is endlessly compared to Patsy Cline. If the shoe fits. At times, I am reminded of Zooey Deschanel. Rose has a powerful voice, and she sings over top of guitars and banjos and, I imagine, could easily fill any room with her lovely voice. At present, she has released the Dead Flowers EP and is currently receiving all kinds of buzz for her first full-length, titled Our Own Side.
Megan McCormick wails. She has a rock and roll voice and flaunts it on her album Honest Words, due out August 17 on Shore Fire Media. McCormick does the howl with accompanying fuzzy guitars as well as the balladeer’s whisper-shout-whisper delivery.
The Unthanks are a wonderful blend of folk and Celtic influences that has that old-world sensibility with a bit of new-world attitude thrown in. The British band is led by duo Rachel and Becky Unthank. They employ cello, fiddle, piano, guitar, ukelele and other instruments. It’d be best to just check out a couple tracks and decide for yourself.