Review – Dirt Road Angels

Album: Extra Dirty
Release Date: March 10, 2018
Genre: Country

Country quartet Dirt Road Angels are back and bigger than ever with their new album, Extra Dirty.

Back in 2013, four ladies came together to create DRA; Karen Claypool, Danita, Shila Marie, and Dahlia Wakefield. Hailing from different small towns across Alberta, the singer-songwriters originally came together for a one-time performance, only to find their sound with each other as a new foursome.

Their already impressive resume includes songs on country radio, opening slots with major country headliners like Kira Isabella, and High Valley; and respective 2015 and 2016 nominations for ACMA Group of the Year and Fan’s Choice awards. Now they’re touring their new album across Alberta.

Opening the album is the sexy, electric guitar slinging, pun-intended opening track “Extra Dirty” and moves into the fiddle and banjo-happy, fun-loving energy in “Go All In.” Executed nicely is their take Johnny Cash classic “Folsom Prison Blues”; a refreshing spin that doesn’t lose the spark from the original melody.

“Little One” is a heartwarming tale of a mother’s bond with her newborn baby. “Call It Home” is a sweet love song to free spirits who find home wherever they find happiness. The appropriately titled “Enjoy the Ride” calls for the living-life-to-the-fullest mentality, while “Not Ever” will have you itching for the country bar dance floor. And to finish it all off, a gorgeous harmony opens their cover of The Eagles “Seven Bridges Road.”

Country music is severely lacking in female groups; so to hear bands like Dirt Road Angels is a real breath of fresh air. They seem to embody much of the essence of country music; equal parts blue-jean-back-road pride, mixed with those sentimental stories and a free-spirit energy that will entice you to join in on the fun. It’s new country, with a shot of rock n’ roll. Keep an eye on these girls, and if they come your way don’t miss your chance to hear it for yourself.

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