Fair is an experienced singer-songwriter who makes a bold impression with her classic country vocals and expressive lyrics. “Memphis” is a fast-paced, boot-stomping, thrilling, and satirical release, mixing genres of alt-country, country, bluegrass, americana, and outlaw country. It contains an interesting instrumental mix, featuring the fiddle, guitar, percussion, bass, and digital programming, among Fair’s impressive vocals. It was the last of seven songs presented to another artist who was interested in crossing over to country.
The track feels old-school, yet contemporary, exemplifying her skills as an artist and storyteller. “I think that it’s very different from other records I’ve done, but I love that simple stanza format (reminding me of a quick paced version of traditional folk songs like ‘House of the Rising Sun’, in a small way),” Fair says. “Memphis represents the place and the person … the lengths one might go through for revenge if it were possible. It’s fictitious but inspired by real emotions. Ultimately, it is meant to evoke the emotion and exhilaration of a woman finally getting her ‘lick back’ after heartbreak.” “It’s time to reap what you sow,” she sings: “Mama said, ‘don’t pull your gun out unless you wanna bang’ / But these devilish thoughts inside my head outweigh these angel wings … Mama said, ‘don’t paint the town red unless you want a stain’ / But when I’m your judge and jury all that love won’t mean a thing!”
Misha Fair is certainly due to grow even bigger as she woos with her dynamic performances, joining her country music contemporaries as a prolific singer-songwriter. Learn more at her website, and find more exciting new music on our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist on YouTube and Spotify.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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