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Country women - Arts, Clark, Weintraub - bring it

The Troubadour, West Hollywood, Cal., June 28, 2023

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Along with Lauren Weintraub and Callista Clark, Tenille Arts headlined a night of country girls with guitars. Dressed in a sparkly outfit and backed by a four-piece band, Arts – with her very professional show -- looked ready to take her music to the next level, meaning beyond the clubs. Nevertheless, it's always an honor and a thrill for artists to play this historic club, and Arts didn't let this mostly young female audience down.

Arts opened with "Back Then, Right Now," which is bit nostalgic, even though she was clearly enjoying her Troubadour moment right here, right now. Arts who mostly either sang into a handheld microphone or played acoustic guitar, performed at a piano on a recent single, "Jealous of Myself," one of the rare songs she didn't compose. The most emotional moment arrived when Arts sang "Mama's Eyes" to her mother, who was in the audience. It's a lovely song about a mother's love.

Clark preceded Arts with a short, acoustic guitar accompanied set. She sprinkled in a few newer songs, including "Bless Your Heart," and closed with "It's 'Cause I Am." Clark mentioned from the stage that she started her career at the tender age of just 14. She's since matured into quite the young singer.

Weintraub opened the night dressed casually wearing heavy-heeled shoes, which worked as a worthy bass drum during one song. Weintraub reminisced about busking on the streets of Boston back at the start of her career, so being the very first of three was no big deal for this troubadour. Songs like "Ex Appeal" were immediately appealing to this primed crowd.

It was a little unusual to find this three-women country bill. The mostly young female audience appeared to enjoy every minute of it, though. While some have problems with the low number of female artists played on mainstream radio, this crowd proved how there is a whole lot of enthusiasm for country women – at least if this gathering is any sort of indicator.

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