The latest from NashLine features an interview with Runaway June at St. Jude Country Cares as they reflect on the special weekend and why they keep coming back every year.
Below is from the artist's website:
There’s a sound that hasn’t been heard on country radio in quite some time – the sound of organic, three-part female harmonies, ringing strings and stories that speak the language of modern women everywhere. It’s a sound that was the backbone of a little group known as The Dixie Chicks, and now it’s making a comeback through a vocal trio named Runaway June.
Rootsy, brightly colored and mixing bluegrass tradition with dusty desert cool, Runaway June is comprised of three very different women who fuse their own influences to create a style country fans have been craving.
With their debut single, “Lipstick,” Runaway June became the first all-female trio in over a DECADE to score a Top 25 hit. With the help of the trio’s follow-up Top 40 single “Wild West” the breakout trio earned a 2018 ACM nomination for “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year”.
With their current single “Buy My Own Drinks,” co-written by Runaway June and Hillary Lindsey and Josh Kear, the trio is primed to cement their identity as one of the best new groups in the genre. The song is an instant singalong that neither laments, caters to, bashes or attacks the loss of a relationship but rather celebrates the freedom, spirit and independence of a female having a night out on her own.
Lead singer and guitarist Naomi Cooke recalls the thrill and immediate connection that came with introducing the new song to the world, “The first time we played ‘Buy My Own Drinks’ was at Stagecoach. We had just gotten the final mixes back on the recording and we had been rehearsing it with the band and we were so excited to try it out and let everyone hear what we had been working on. By the second chorus everyone was singing it back. It was beyond wild for us to see that happening. It was one of the most exciting moments in our group history…we really felt something different happening.”
Their new EP, produced by acclaimed producer Dan Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Steven Tyler Thomas Rhett, Brett Young), is a collection of songs that highlight different sides of the group while leaving the listener understanding exactly what kind of ride they are in for with Runaway June. With eclectic personalities, a listen through of their songs makes seemingly disparate images such as gypsy bohemian chic, sunsets over sand and ocean, and roots in bluegrass and classic western all blend into one timeless vibe.
Naomi Cooke grew up in Florida enchanted with the other-worldly vocals of Alison Krauss, then made her way to a stage in Nashville’s world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
Singer and mandolin picker Hannah Mulholland was raised in Malibu, Calif., a nature-loving hippie chick who latched on to the liberating messages of Sheryl Crow and began writing her own music at 6 years old.