The Highwomen released their debut album on September 6.
Amanda Shires, a singer in the band and the founder, was inspired to create an all-female country group in order to combat sexism in the country music community.
The first song of the album does just that in a remake of the famous song "The Highwaymen." In The Highwaymen, each singer dies doing something they love. In "The Highwomen," each singer dies for a noble cause: helping their children cross the border, being a freedom rider, preaching and practicing medicine. Even though these women die, they vow: “We will still remain/And we’ll come back again and again and again and again.”
This album is not easy listening like most country music. It’s not about drinking beer with your friends or girls in short shorts. This is protest music — protesting the death of these women and women being silenced. The Highwomen are protesting the exclusion of women from country music and the assumption that everyone who listens to country can relate to the mainstream messages.
"The Highwomen" returns to what country music has for so long claimed to be about: love. It’s no secret that country alienates people who don’t fit into a narrow definition of normal, but the genre continues to preach inclusivity.