CD Review: Erin Enderlin – If there weren’t So Many Damn Songs (Feat. Terri Clark)
by Antony Bailey for Country Music News International
Popular Nashville singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin returned last year with the unveiling of a new single ‘If There Weren’t So Many Damn Songs’ featuring vocals from established country artist Terri Clark. The tune takes the form of traditional country music in true honky-tonk fashion. As the world leaps into the New Year, there will hopefully be more to come from Erin, whose collaboration with Terri Clark is a real treat for even the most novice of country listeners out there.
The intro begins with a subtle guitar riff before leading in to the first verse where the listener hears the fiddle and steel-guitar which are stylistic elements of traditional country music. The lyrics are about all songs essentially containing the same meaning. For example, ‘’If there weren’t so many songs about the bottle / If there weren’t so many songs about the jukebox / I’d find other ways to kill the pain’’ suggests there are too many triggers when it comes to dealing with a stressful situations and broken relationships.
The song depicts an image of friends sitting in the bar, helping each other through an emotional rut and basically just tearing the place apart by getting drunk and having fun. The outro lasts for eight bars as the fiddle, drums, and steel-guitar brings the song to a delightfully uplifting conclusion despite the song pushing a narrative concerned with overcoming heartbreak and negativity.
With her latest releases being met with a great deal of critical acclaim, there is a lot more to come from Erin Enderlin who has truly made a lasting impression on Nashville and the global country scene with her traditional honky-tonk sound and lyrics that hang in the balance between optimism and despair. Stay tuned to Erin Enderlin’s social media pages for live updates and releases over the course of 2022 and beyond.
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