Photo by Michelle Waggoner
The young and talented-beyond-her-years Bonnie Montgomery comes strolling with purpose out of the dust of a small Arkansas town and onto the rising country scene. Her music is of a different time, but her progressive lyrics (don’t worry, she talks about the classic country cases too) offer a refreshing update to the sometimes less-than-savory stories and lines from the outlaw country songs of yesteryear. Inspired by Willie Neslson’s Phases and Stages album and recorded in Dale Watson’s own Ameripolitan Studios right here in Austin, Texas, Montgomery’s sophomore album Forever picks up just where her debut left off, this time forming a concept album about life, the proverbial road, and “the mysticism of West Texas.”
“No More,” is like an outlaw country anthem for the #metoo movement. Implementing pop-country influences from an era more Yoakam than Lynn or Cline, Montgomery tells it like it is with an appropriately sharpened tongue. “You treat me just like trash…I’ve seen this before…I ain’t gonna be your woman no more.” Backed with a catchy arrangement and a satisfying amount of fiddle, this song is the song all the proud country women should be shouting and singing along to over and over and over again.
“No More” appears on Forever, out now via her website.
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