Kimberly Morgan York & The Everlovin’ Band make it sound so easy in the highly entertaining, country-fueled hit album, Found Yourself A Lady. Two singles that stand out the most in this 10-song knockout are “Don’t Cry To Me” and “Real Thing”. What you hear is what you get with an artist like Morgan York. She’s got the heart and soul of the Appalachian Mountain ranges, and the joy of a woman that has been a troubadour her adult life. Something tells me she balances it all with the grace she so awesomely displays in each vocal outing. Found Yourself A Lady is easily one of 2022’s best albums.
As a music reviewer, I’ve had my fair share of searching and digging for songs that flip that eureka switch. In Found Yourself A Lady, not only did I glean what I was hoping to hear, Morgan York and her backing band make even the old-school country vibes sound new. I found myself double-taking – was this angelic voice Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn rolled into one voice? That southern twang and buoyant flavoring in “Don’t Cry To Me” is just the right mix. The song’s tempo is full of exuberance and Morgan York’s ‘over it’ attitude.
She’s got a chip on her shoulder much like Miranda Lambert, but rather than blue jeans and a cowboy hat, you get the impression Morgan York is singing in her Sunday’s best as she rattles out just why she will not lift a finger for an ex that has done her wrong. I loved the lines you’re homeless, got no place to lay your head, maybe you’re right, you’d be better off dead, you say forgiveness should be in my heart, boy you better find somewhere else to start. That wit and that fiery ‘tude is even sweeter when the steel guitar/pedal steel dances through the song’s center. Playing on the track are Brad Morgan (drums), Wendy Musick (guitar), Adam Musick (guitar, pedal steel) and Chuck Bradburn (bass). Brad Morgan is also known for his work with Drive-by Truckers. The group also performed together under the name Southern Bitch. Their song “Glory” also makes its way onto Found Yourself A Lady.
“Real Thing” is a more intimate sounding song. It’s a quick song and that pedal steel just wraps the listener into a mesmerizing ribbon. Morgan York’s voice is chilling and desperately beautiful. She has a natural dramatism to her cadence and you can almost hear the shuffling of imaginary square dancers slow dancing to this heartfelt tune. Tomorrow I’ll call in late, I wanna spend some time with you, what better have you got to do, then stay home and watch daytime tv with me, Morgan York sings with stars in her eyes.
Found Yourself A Lady is a great go-to for country music fans. And, as someone that has a special soft spot for songwriting and songs that tell a great story – I can attest that Morgan York is quite the wordsmith. I’m also currently digging “Lady” and “Over You.” Found Yourself A Lady is a must listen.
by Jennifer Munoz