You Used To Live Here By Kelley Mickwee

August 31, 2014


Kelley Mickwee, Jamie Wilson, Savannah Welch, and Liz Foster came together in January of 2009 for a one time performance at a tribute concert for Savannah’s father, Kevin. The concert appearance led to the birth of the Trishas. Known for their America music and beautiful harmonies, the Trishas formed one of the more talented and interesting Americana bands of the past five years. Now on hiatus, Kelley Mickwee has struck out on her own and will soon issue the seven track album You Used To Live Her.

She has wisely decided to accentuate her strengths with her first solo release. She recorded the album in Memphis, which is a place that fits her style and approach to music. She has surrounded herself with a tight band consisting of keyboardist/guitarist/husband Tim Regan, pedal steel player Eric Lewis, drummer Paul Taylor, and bassist Mark Edgar Stuart.

She was a principal songwriter on the Trishas 2012 album High, Wide And Handsome. She continues to produce good songs by co-writing five of the seven tracks. The biggest change is the vocals. Her voice has moved in a soulful and even gospel direction at times, which brings a new dynamic to her music and creates a wonderful fusion with her Americana and country roots.

“River Girl” is taken from the Aretha Franklin style of music. It would have also fit on Dusty Springfield’s classic Dusty In Memphis. The lyrics form a connection to the city of her birth but the vocal is of the gospel telling story style.

She used her time with the Trishas as a jumping off place for a diverse group of performances. “Beautiful Accidents” is a beautiful ballad that meanders along, while “Hotel Jackson” is filled with sexual innuendos that country music loves so much. The two cover songs, John Fulbright’s “Blameless” and Eliza Gilkyson’s “Dark Side Of Town” return her to her story-telling roots.

You Used To Live Here is an auspicious debut album from Kelley Mickwee. She has taken her time in the Trishas and not only learned from it but expanded upon it as well. A solid album from an artist who will hopefully continue to develop.



High, Wide and Handsome by The Trishas

August 3, 2012

About 20 seconds into “Mother Of Invention,” the lead track from The Trishas’ forthcoming album High, Wide, & Handsome, I was smiling as that’s when the four-part harmonies kicked in and washed over me.

Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Savannah Welch first performed together as part of a tribute concert for Kevin Welch, who is Savannah’s father. The response to their spur of the moment performance was so positive that they decided to remain together as a group. They took their name, The Trishas, because they covered a Welch composition that had become a hit for Trisha Yearwood.

The songs are country, the music is country (with fiddles playing a prominent part), but the soaring harmonies are the equal of many of the great pop groups and bands of the past. Their voices in unison can make you ache at the perfect combinations.

They have appeared as backing singers on a number of albums and have toured with the likes of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Todd Snider. During 2010, they released an EP titled They Call Us The Trishas. Now firmly committed to their career and touring on their own, they will issue their first full-length album August 7, 2012, titled High, Wide & Handsome.

The band members co-wrote 13 of the 14 tracks. The lyrics travel the roads of life as they explore adulthood, love, loss, and unanswered questions. They play various stringed instruments plus are backed by guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, bassist Viktor Krauss, fiddler Tammy Rogers, and pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl. In, above, and through it all, the voices unite, go their own way, and rejoin together.

Tracks such as “Sweet Little Cigars,” “Cold Blooded Love,” “Over Forgiving You,” “John Wayne Country,” and “Gold & Silver” are all fine additions to the country pantheon of songs.

The Trishas have released a vocally spectacular debut album. While the group may be fairly new, the music has a maturity that should appeal to a cross section of music fans. High, Wide, & Handsome is an album that is sure to please and is worth seeking out.

Article first published as Music Review: The Trishas – High, Wide & Handsome on Blogcritics.