On January 26th, Laura Benitez and the Heartache will release their third full-length, With All Its Thorns, which, despite its name, is something to behold as Benitez tackles the prickly aspects of relationships with keen insight, unique perspectives, and heart.
With All Its Thorns starts off with the Tex-Mex flair of the lively “Something Better Than a Broken Heart” which with its opening line “I’d always thought I’d get that diamond ring” and accordion work (courtesy of Billy Wilson who plays throughout) instantly grabs your attention. That’s followed by ten more songs, told by Benitez’s distinct voice, that strike a chord, whether they’re breaking your heart or lifting it up.
The slow shuffle of “Easier Things To Do” conveys the thought that even though things, whether in work or love, aren’t always we easy, we shouldn’t avoid them; while the jaunty “Our Remember Whens” tells a darling story about looking forward to being able to reminisce with a new love, and the rollicking “Whiskey Makes Me Love You” where she asks, “How can you say it’s wrong when that amber starts to pour” extols the virtues of the favored beverage.
While Benitez is the primary songwriter, The Heartache - Bob Spector (acoustic and electric guitar), Ian Sutton (pedal steel), Mike Anderson (electric and upright bass), and Steve Pearson (drums) - elevate her lyrics with their dynamic musicianship whether with the dark backbeat on the murder ballad “In Red,” the haunting fiddle (courtesy of Steve Kallai) and steel on the stirring “Ghostship,” a true story of a fire in an artistic collective, or capturing the conjunto feel of “Almost the Right One/Casa Mi Cielo.”
With All Its Thorns is rounded out by the astutely told tale of two cheaters entitled “Secrets,” the charming “The Fool I Am Right Now” and the bluegrass infused closer, “Nora Went Down the Mountain” which tells the story of an ordinary woman who, one day, simply picked up and left.
Alphonse Karr is quoted as having said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” Benitez and company adeptly tackle life’s sadness, heartaches, and struggles on With All Its Thorns, and in doing so have exposed the beauty behind those thorns, capturing something incredibly pure, poignant, and timeless.
Alabama native, Tiera, who was the Song Suffragettes #LetTheGirlsPlay Artist of the Month in August of 2016, has been singing ever since she was a little girl. The self-taught guitarist and soulful singer-songwriter earned a spot performing at Nashville establishments like the Bluebird Cafe and the Listening Room Cafe, and recently opened for Shenandoah and the Charlie Daniels Band. With these highlights already under her belt, the Nashville resident has been hard at work on new music at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals with producer Noah Shell.
Tiera's follow-up to her 2015 EP is a brand new single entitled “Wake Up Call." Written by Tiera and Shell, "Wake Up Call" is a mid-tempo anthem that portrays a no-nonsense, self-assured woman who finds the strength to leave a relationship that hinders, behind. "Wake Up Call" has a breezy melody that's easy to hum along to, but it's also a song with a message of empowerment and independence that women should take to heart.
"I don't take orders from nobody but myself
I ain't that pretty little piece of arm candy
You can put on your shelf
No I ain't the call for a good time
Go and take a slow ride
Type of girl"
"Wake Up Call" will be released on January 5th.