If you're already itching to hear more Highwomen after the Friday (July 19) unveiling of "Redesigning Women," check out the trailer for upcoming film The Kitchen. It teases the supergroup's interpretation of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 single "The Chain."
Per a brief snippet, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile's revision maintains the original's multi-part harmonies and guitar solos. There's no added twang or Nashville-approved production techniques. It's simply a rock cover of a rock song.
The Highwomen spoiled the surprise during last week's Twitter Q&A after a fan asked if the group would cover classic songs, just as The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson) made a point to celebrate Texas music.
The soundtrack cut departs from what's expected of the four songwriter's self-titled debut, out Sept 6. Jimmy Webb, writer of The Highwaymen's namesake "The Highwayman," gets songwriting credit on a tribute song titled "Highwomen." The 11 other tracks are originals by band members. They include a cut of Carlile co-write "Wheels of Laredo," which also appears on Tanya Tucker's While I'm Livin', and "If She Ever Leaves Me," a gay country love song co-written by Jason Isbell.
"I love that we have songs on this album about shattering female stereotypes to a gay country love song, and songs about losing loved ones," Morris told Rolling Stone. "It's all real and it's all country."
The Highwomen's live debut this Friday (July 26) at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island should tell us even more about its Dave Cobb-produced album.
According to a description on Rotten Tomatoes, The Kitchen stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as three 1978 Hell's Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. It hits theaters on Aug. 9.