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EXCLUSIVE: Wonder Women of Country Premiere ‘Another Broken Heart’ and Announce New Six Song EP

February 15, 2024 1:30 pm GMT

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Thunderbolts of Jove! Kelly Willis, Melissa Carper and Brennen Leigh have joined forces as a country power trio and they’ve announced that their forthcoming six-song EP is coming out on 15th March.

Appropriately named Wonder Women of Country, the supergroup was formed at the end of 2021, after serendipitously sharing bills separately several times.

Willis approached Leigh and Carper about teaming up and playing some shows together and wanting more than your standard songwriter-in-the-round arrangement, and the three learned each other's songs to create a more integrated, band approach. Those first few shows together were so much fun and so well-received that they decided to continue.

"At every show, folks were asking if we had records together,” says Willis. “After months and months of that, we finally found a chance to go make one."

With Leigh playing lead guitar and mandolin, Carper on upright bass, and Willis playing rhythm guitar, they support each other's distinctive original material with beautiful three-part harmonies.

The EP was recorded at Bismeaux on the Hill in Austin, TX in December of 2023. It features two songs by each artist, including a couple of Carper and Leigh co-writes, and one reimagined John Prine tune. The first taste of the EP comes with ‘Another Broken Heart,’ a tears-in-her-beer honky tonky heartbreak song that Kelly Willis brought to the trio, and it’s exactly what you’d expect when these three icons of classic country cross the streams of their proton beams.

“This is a song I heard Monte Warden and Bruce Robison start writing in the other room,” Kelly Willis told us. “I was so smitten with the verse I heard, that I could not help getting all up in this song’s business. I wrote a bridge and chorus for it and the guys did not seem to mind that I crashed their party. It's a classic crying in your beer heartbreak song with a kind of 70’s style country/pop feel. Misery loves/needs company.”

Wonder Women of Country are the superheroes we've all been waiting for, ready to lead us in the fight for righteousness with strength, compassion and some damn fine country music.

‘Another Broken Heart’ is premiering exclusively on Holler below.

Wonder Women of Country: Willis, Carper, Leigh is out on 15th March.

Written by Jof Owen
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