In 1988, a Pennsylvania native name Bret Michaels sang "every cowboy sings a sad, sad song". 35 years later, fellow Pennsylvania expat Audra McLaughlin has a fresh take on that timeless imagery. "Sad Song And A Cowboy" is a tribute to those old Western movies and the tough, stoic protagonists that always leave a trail of broken hearts in the dust behind them. You can tell she has a personal connection with the subject matter, wringing melancholy and nostalgia in equal parts out of every phrase. When she opens the chorus with "he's gone like a tubleweed in a Texas wind" you can practically see a broad-shouldered silhouette slowly disappearing into a Laredo sunset. Audra brings her usual powerhouse vocals to the table, soaring effortlessly to through the peaks and valleys of the melody. The instrumentation is pitch-perfect for the lyrics- pedal steel and mandolin feature heavily, lending to a truly classic country sound. It's a soundtrack to a film that needs to be written, where that cowboy rides off into a sunset you’ll never share.
"Sad Song And A Cowboy" is out NOW on all streaming platforms.