Today we continue with our popular “Your Voice, Your Choice” feature on Belles and Gals. We introduce one of our favourite songs from a country artist and then the artist tells us in turn about a song that has inspired them and has a special place in their heart. Today we feature UK country artist Lucy Blu.
Lucy Blu first featured on Belles and Gals just over a year ago, after the release of her fantastic ‘Trendy Girl’ EP. The record certainly grabbed my attention and I wrote the following in a review – ‘For a first recording this is simply excellent – an EP that just gets better and better with every listen.‘ (read the full review here and catch a video of the fantastic title track too).
Today we feature ‘Rock, Salt and Nails’ from Lucy. This 1969 song, written by Utah Phillips, has notably been covered by artists such as Waylon Jennings and Joan Baez, but it was the Linda Ronstadt version which bought it to the attention of Lucy (this song links nicely into Lucy’s choice below). Lucy performs an amazing version of the song, which really shows off the vocal ability of the London based singer. If this is a measure of what we can expect from Lucy in 2018, we all have a lot to look forward to…!
Lucy has chosen High Sierra from Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton.
“I’ve chosen ‘High Sierra’ from the second Trio album featuring Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. This was one of the first female-fronted country songs I heard and performed as a youngster, and I instantly fell in love with the tight, melodic harmonies, and beautiful lyrics. For me, this song is about finding your place in the world, learning to love yourself, and accepting that you will go through hard times, while still trying to see the beauty in it all. This is a really important message and something I think everybody needs reminding of every once in a while. After all, “the sun shines when it rains.”
Linda Ronstadt has been one of the biggest influences on my songwriting and musical style this far in my career. Emmylou Harris brings such a different quality to the song that compliments the vocals of the other two, and I don’t think there’s a female Country artist out there who can claim they haven’t been influenced by Queen Dolly. It proves that three incredible artists with their own distinct sound and style can come together and create something truly incredible.”