The track’s spooky catharsis is darkly reflected in the brand-new video’s sultry, Gothic dramas. “Damned” is the eerie and urgent brand-new single from Tanya Montana Coe, one taken from her recently-released Hide Your Emotion LP. You can buy CD and digital editions of that right now from her Bandcamp page.
Hopefully you’re watching Ken Burns’ landscape-altering film Country Music. It’s animated by a love for the genre coupled with a critical eye for historical realities — many unpleasant, painful and damning. It teaches that there was never one unbroken path from Jimmie Rodgers to now, and that the regressions and shifts arrived both cynically and naturally, from the boardroom to the grassroots. As importantly it shows that where we are now is the product of previously lightly-considered social forces — most notably the profound contributions to Country from Black, Mexican and women artists.
For those of you who have begun it, you’ll know that the twin poles of the program are Texas and Nashville, and here we’re featuring an artist from each. Both Kathryn Legendre and Tanya Montana Coe speak with a sharp-edged, easy eloquence for tradition, creativity, possibility and equality. They have much good to say and to represent about the genre’s past and future. Ms. Legendre’s most-recent EP Making It Up is available on her Bandcamp page, while Ms. Coe’s just-released Hide Your Emotion can be found on hers.
Hide Your Emotion is the name of the just-released LP from Nashville’s Tanya Montana Coe, and you can hear its spare, startlingly-honest and powerfully-resonant “All Fucked Up” above. You can buy CD and digital versions of it right now from her Bandcamp page, where you can find her Silver Bullet LP as well. The album is also available from her Goodbuy Girls webstore.