Twang Twang Twang
This recent album of Emily's features more pedal steel playing than any of her previous CDs, and includes the pedal steel player's theme song 'Ten Lonesome Strings' which she wrote about the pitiful life of Drifty Texarkana, who makes his steel-playing debut on this album. There is also a lively tornado destruction number, 'Tornado Season in Tulsa' performed in the swing style by Outside The Lines, the band Emily occasionally performs with in Northwest Arkansas. The plaintive 'Stranger On My Own Home Page' pairs backwoods bluegrass instrumentation with a song about state of the art technology, as does 'Termite Tracs,' the true story of an infestation in one of the recording studios Emily used for this album. 'Driving All Night,' a haunting ballad written by Houston musician/songwriter Mike Sumler, is the only non-original song on the album. And the title song, 'Twang, Twang, Twang' describes how every whining, self-pitying gloom-and-doom story is just like a twangy country song that has already been written. The song features the guitar wizardry of Nashville-based Rick Gordon, who also sings harmony on it.