Country supergroup the Highwomen will release their self-titled debut on September 6th. With or without context, The Highwomen is a country album for the ages, filled with joy, laughter, tears, pain, and shit-kicking honky-tonk soul. Still, context does matter. Women are vastly underrepresented when it comes to country radio, and this is a project meant to tackle that disparity head on.
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The new supergroup the Highwomen, before their set at the Newport Folk Festival. By Natalie Weiner. A standing ovation was inevitable: The audience had been on its feet before the quartet stepped onstage.
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In , when Shires was finishing her record, My Piece of Land , in music producer Dave Cobb 's studio, Shires had an idea to create a female country supergroup in homage to the legendary Highwaymen country supergroup consisting of Johnny Cash , Waylon Jennings , Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. At the same time, the lack of representation of women artists on country music radio and at country music festivals had been publicly discussed by many, influenced by the Me Too movement and journalists like Marissa Moss. While on tour in her van, while listening to country radio, Shires kept a running list of artists and noticed that there were few women. When she called to request they play more women artists, she was directed to a Facebook page lottery system.