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The Trishas: In perfect harmony at Poor David’s Pub

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The audience at Poor David’s Pub knew they were in for a musical treat when The Trishas took the stage to sing in their staple four-part harmony; they didn’t know they were also getting a comedy show along with the great music.

    In their first headlining tour, The Trishas are promoting their new record, “High, Wide and Handsome.” The record is a reverent country record that takes cues from the greats and melds it to their fresh songwriting techniques.
     The musical chemistry that creates The Trishas’ tight harmonies or their blend of old-school country with a jagged modern flare might not only stem from the group’s musical adaptablility - its cohesion must come from their compatible personalities.
    The onstage stories and banter presented by Jamie Wilson, Lizzy Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch are an unexpected plus that is half the fun of their live show. Though there is plently of comedy, there’s also a lot of explanation about the songwriting process. Each of the four singers and instrumentalists also writes songs for The Trishas. Before almost every song there’s a story about its creation, sometimes ending in hilarity and other times providing poignant moments that are only intensified by the music.
    Canadian musician Brandy Zdan played the steel guitar and accordion for the band at the show. She has toured with the band for a few years and even helped write “One Down,” a standout track from the band’s record, with Mickwee. Some of the show’s most hilarious moments came from the band admitting that they flubbed a joke they like to make when they introduce Zdan. But like seasoned performers, the hilarity grew as they riffed on finding the right joke.
    A show-stopping moment was the band’s performance of the Guy Clark song, “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” that they recorded on the 2011 Clark tribute album, “This One’s For Him.”
    “He told us it was his all-time favorite song he’d written,” said Wilson before playing it.
    “I think he probably told us that to make us really nervous,” Mickwee laughed.
    Foster, a Seagoville native, had her parents support in the audience, which led to a few laughs after little quips from Wilson and Mickwee before the band performed Foster’s song, “Gold and Silver.”
    A standout from the show was “Little Sweet Cigars,” which Jamie Wilson wrote with Evan Felker from the phenomental Texas country band Turnpike Troubadors. A lovelorn song, “Cigars” shines in its songwriting. In the chorus Wilson sings, “You were handsome and older, I was foolish and young.”
    The show’s most touching moment came at its end when, before playing their gorgeous cover of “Till I’m Too Old to Die Young,” Welch spoke about her father, singer-songwriter Kevin Welch. Kevin Welch, who helped write “Rainin’ Inside” on the band’s record is also the reason The Trishas exist. The band formed to perform at the 2009 Steamboat Music Festival tribute to Welch. Since Welch wrote songs for Trisha Yearwood, the band’s name came easily.
    Savannah Welch said she remembered running around Poor David’s Pub’s old location as a child before her father’s shows.
    “Now, my son is waiting in the green room for me,” she said, a bit choked up.
    The Trishas’ take on “Till I’m Too Old to Die Young” gives the listener goosebumps when played live. Their lush, four-part harmony is in full force in the chorus of the song. The room was hushed as all the accompanying music stopped to reveal the four voices singing together: “Let me watch my children grow to see what they become. Lord, don’t let that cold wind blow till I’m too old to die young.” Astounding.

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Catch The Trishas this Saturday, Aug. 8 at Plano’s Love & War in Texas. They’ll be performing with Courtney Patton. Buy “High, Wide and Handsome” now from iTunes or Amazon.com.

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