Thursday, August 03, 2006

Pickin' Women: Tennessee HeartStrings Band

It has been awhile since we've had an entry in the Pickin' Women feature here on the Bus. Not that there has been a shortage of fine female pickers, I just haven't gotten around to them in some time and I apologize for the oversight.

The Tennessee HeartString Band is a Nashville-based quartet of talented women that first took to the stage in 2001. The band consists of; Bo Jamison on rhythm guitar, Terri Corker on bass, Karen Pendley on fiddle and Casey Henry on banjo. All four of the women sing lead and add to the wonderful harmonies.

Some of you may recognize a name or two here. Bo Jamison has written or co-written songs for some of the biggest names in Bluegrass such as Larry Sparks, Gary Ferguson, Cliff Waldron, and Don Rigsby, to name a few. Her songwriting has won her several Chris Austin Songwriting Awards at MerleFest. Fiddler Karen Pendley is the daughter of famed fiddler, Carl Joyner, and has several solo CDs under her belt and a new one due out next year. Terri Corker played bass with the Wheeling Jamboree in her native West Virginia for over ten years. Casey Henry is the daughter of Red & Murphy Henry and a native Virginian. After graduating from the University of Virginia she released her acclaimed solo CD of Bluegrass banjo tunes, Real Women Drive Trucks with an impressive group of back-up help; Murphy Henry, Red Henry, Marshall Wilborn, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, Jason Carter and others.

With these impressive individual credentials it's no surprise how good they sound together! I'm a sucker for great harmony, especially when combined with fine songwriting and superb instrumentation.

Tennessee HeartStrings Band - Keystone Coal.mp3

Tennessee HeartStrings Band - Ride Upon The Moon.mp3

I found their 2004 CD New Strings, New Hearts at CD Baby, but it also available from Elderly Instruments.

What a great way to start the weekend!
Y'all have a good one!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed you hit this one on the head, Like you, I to love good harmony and I do belive you have found some here.


August 04, 2006 6:50 AM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

excellent choice as always..i had never heard of this outfit before but now will be looking out for them in a BIG WAY

August 06, 2006 4:06 PM  

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