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Inspired by Merle Haggard’s “Workin Man Blues”, I wrote a song about being a workin woman. As a registered nurse by day and musician by night, being a workin woman sums up the past few years of my life pretty accurately. Without realizing it, I had written a handful of songs that were all stories about work.
Being a young woman in today’s America holds many opportunities that weren’t there for women 30 plus years ago. I believe I can get anywhere I want by putting in the time and work. it is upon each individual to make our world a better place and there is no one holding you back except you. I hope “Workin Woman” inspires women (and men!) to dream of what they want and work their butts off to get it. Life is too short to do anything less.
The 12 track album was recorded over a three week span in the woods of Aitkin, Minnesota on Tame Fish Lake. All of the acoustic guitar, vocals, drums, and saxophone parts were recorded by me. Electric guitar, bass, piano, harmonica, and mandolin were recorded by Martin Farrell Jr. Four tracks feature the dobro man from outer space Chad Graves, including the song “Here In Kansas” that turns from a country ballad to a bluegrass breakdown to a New Orleans style ending. Pedal steel player Mike Poholsky is also featured on four tracks including “Dreamin”, a simple, three chord song I have brought to many open jams around town. The album was produced by Martin and me out of our self designed recording rig that we call “Tame Fish Studios”.
I’ve dedicated this album to the lady who taught me to be a workin woman, my mom.