The Trishas, a group of four women whose voices come together in perfect harmony, joined us this week on Real Life Real Music live at Dosey Doe. Though they’ve only been performing as a group for a few years, each is an established musician in her own right, having performed in a band or duo prior to teaming up. And ironically, none of them are actually named Tricia!
The ladies joined host Kyle Hutton on stage and kicked off the night with a track off their new album, High Wide & Handsome, called “Mother of Invention.” Guitarist Jamie Wilson co-wrote the song when she was in Nashville with Natalie Hernby, who’s famous for her work with Miranda Lambert. The song, about using everyday items to make something useful, was quirky and upbeat. Jamie joked afterwards that she really does have a wagon wheel chandelier in her home!
The Trishas are made up of Jamie along with Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Savannah Welch. The group formed in 2009 during a trip to Steamboat, Colorado where MusicFest was honoring Savannah’s father, acclaimed singer/songwriter Kevin Welch. Savannah was going to perform a tribute to her dad and wanted some backup on stage. The women worked together for a few hours and everyone was amazed with the outcome. So much so that they got booking requests that same night!
The Trishas have worked with some big-name songwriters including Jason Eady, Owen Temple, and Bruce Robison in addition to Savannah’s dad Kevin Welch. The resulting tracks are a beautiful blend of three- and four-part harmonies that can be heard on their two albums – the LP High, Wide & Handsome and the EP They Call Us The Trishas.
Throughout the night the audience was treated to the stories behind the songs, including Savannah’s “Over Forgiving You” which was the first song she wrote after giving birth to her son; “Rainin’ Inside” Kelley’s favorite written with Kevin Welch; and Jamie’s co-write with Owen Temple “John Wayne Cowboy” that was inspired by her uncle calling her father-in-law “a real John Wayne cowboy” after he overcame a terrible accident.
Towards the end of the evening, Jamie told the story behind an un-recorded track called “Alice” that she recently wrote after having spent some time with an old neighbor of her grandmother. “Alice” is hysterical – the true stories of a woman whose simplicity in life is baffling but must make sense to someone in her nineties.
The Trishas closed out the night with a spellbinding performance of “Till I’m Too Old to Die Young.” The poignant lyrics mixed with the melodic voices from the stage gave the audience chills, and nobody wanted it to end.
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