All-girl alternative country outfit The Trishas are flat-out fantastic. The chemistry between Savannah Welch, Liz Foster Kelley Mickwee and Jamie Lin Wilson is sonic gold and I still listen to their 2012 full-length debut “High, Wide and Handsome” on a regular basis. Wilson spreads her wings on solo debut “Holidays & Wedding Rings” and the results are truly special.
Wilson was pregnant with her third child while making the 12-track, 48-minute release that features twangy Americana collaborations with Jon Dee Graham, Heather Morgan and Wade Bowen. Wilson says she’s influenced by “the greats,” a list that includes Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell. “Their style creeps into my style and vice-versa,” Wilson says. “I love that. We’re a little team.”
While there isn’t a bad song to be found on “Holidays & Wedding Rings,” Wilson soars highest on standouts “Just Like Heartache,” “She’ll Take Tonight,” “Just Some Things” (with Bowen), “Roses By the Dozen,” “Whisper on My Skin” and “Old Oldsmobile.” I’m hoping The Trishas have lots more music left in them as a band, but there’s definitely room on my iPod for more solo forays likes this one. (Jeffrey Sisk)