Watch The Highwomen's Debut Live Performance Of 'If She Ever Leaves Me'
By Blake Taylor
July 28, 2019
The Highwomen are country music's new all-female group made up by Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby. Their debut single, "Redesigning Women" was released just about two weeks ago on July 19. The song, which talks about challenges and expectations women face on a daily basis, immediately captured the attention of many.
On Friday (July 27), The Highwomen made their debut live performance at the Newport Folk Festival. The group performed every song off their forthcoming debut album, including their lead single "Redesigning Women" two times.
A standout performance from the set came when Carlile sang "If She Ever Leaves Me," noted as "the first gay country song." The song was co-written by Jason Isbell with Shires and Chris Tompkins. Isbell jokes before the performance saying that bringing it to Carlile "was kind of like taking my civil rights movie to Spike Lee."
In addition to this standout performance, The Highwomen's set also featured a surprise appearance from the queen of country herself, Dolly Parton. Parton joined the women for "Jolene.," Just Because I'm A Women," and "Eagle When She Flies." Parton also performed "I Will Always Love You" with Carlile and was later joined by all the women for a performance of her hit, "9 to 5."
Following the group's first ever live performance, they each took to social media to share their love and appreciation. "From the absolute bottom of my heart thank you to all the High Women of Newport for making history last night," Carlile shared on Instagram. She continues, "We did that together and it's just the beginning. Also so much gratitude to @newportfolkfest and @imajs for giving me the wheel. And to the beautiful crowd!! We all sat in traffic but it was worth it! The world is ready. All hail queen Dolly."
Congrats to The Highwomen on their successful journey so far. You can watch the debut performance of "If She Ever Leaves Me" below.
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