Sometimes the art of metaphor lies simply within the hardships and victories of life. Mix that with a soulful, edgy tone of a brazen country twang that leaves you with a tear in your eye and you’ve got Buffy Lawson’s addictive new album “I’m Leaving You for Me.”
There is something about country music that triggers that deep welling of emotion that can’t hold back tears. The threadbare sadness of a broken relationship, the struggle to get food on the table, and of course the feminine emancipation that comes from a long hard road of tryin’. This is the blood of the genre. The energy of the deeply emotional songstress in the spirit of Reba McIntyre, The Judds and Bonnie Rait is what has been missing in modern day country and has been what I have missed from country music. In my tedious quest to find quality music that digs way below the surface, I find joyous respite with Buffy Lawson. Her album possesses immeasurable repeat factor with gritty, catchy in-your face songs like “Bread on The Table” and “Runnin’.” Buffy takes you on an emotional journey of letting go with “Good Look at Gone” that should be every woman’s anthem for leaving a terrible relationship, and “Dear Sara,” a mother’s retrospective glance at her daughters coming of age angst. She offers a delicate tear-jerking plead with “Waitin’ On A Train;” a melodic parable for relationship release that carries the theme to the inspiring melody of the title track “I’m Leaving You for Me.”
The album is now available, courtesy of Wrinkled Records, Nashville. Buffy is backed by a fantastic producer Walt Aldridge who understands the nuances on how to make modern day, yet classic true-to-its-roots country music. This album is a culmination of Lawson’s twenty four year presence on the Nashville music scene as a songwriter for the many names in music that we have come to know and adore: Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bo Bice, Kris Kristofferson, Randy Travis, and Kenny Rogers. In addition to being a muse to the Olympians of music row, this modern day chanteuse was one-half of the duo Bomshel. Bomshel toured and opened for Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins under Curb Records. In the meantime a duet with Neil Diamond brought promising exposure. Now, Buffy shows off her well-earned musical chops on her terms. “I’m Leaving You For Me” emphasizes Buffy Lawson’s Independence, spirituality, raw honesty, and her own sense of magic that taps into the innocent sense of faith in all that holds us together and provides her the insight to create a meaningful album. It would do you good to listen to this album.
“I’m Leaving You for Me” is now available courtesy: Wrinkled Records.