To get an idea of the sound think of the bluesy guitar and vocal styling of Bonnie Raitt (tracks 7, 9 & 10), the haunting, high-lonesome, poignant sounds of Waylon Jennings (tracks 1, 6 & 8), and the raw energy, crunchy punch that Dick Dale (tracks 4 & 7) used at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California, when his left-handed Fender guitar was kick-butt screaming through a legendary Fender amp with JBL speakers that would blow you against the wall! Yes!!
The first track, "My Dear Lady Helen, Teach Me To Ride," is based on the love story of Lady Helen and Jackpot Jake. He's the 'yearning-for-the-wild-frontier', city boy who dreams of the beautiful woman on horseback. She rides thru his dreams and he serenades her. Later on as a grown up, handsome young rogue, he sees her again as a 'buckskin goddess' at the rodeo. He's hooked! Alan Jackson are you listening?
The next track, "My French Kissin' Cousin," is a cute take on the attraction cousin's sometimes have for each other. Cousins by marriage in this instance so the song remains on a light and breezy plane. It's a fun song with an infectious melody and lyrics that are very clever.
Third track, "The Truth Is You Lie," started as a rock song and turned into a Latin themed tune. A familiar tale of fooling yourself because you want to believe the best but then the truth comes out. Your lover uses silence and underhandedness to hide adultery but in the end you give him/her the shock of coming home to an empty house! Classic American tragedy!
Then there's "Cruisin' Coast Highway." Originally it was written for a TV pilot that never materialized. The lyrics were so corny it ended up as an instrumental. Think back to the days of "Surfer Stomp" & 'woodies' heading down the coast for a surfin' safari. Dick Dale, the once and future king of the surf guitar is written all over this awesome song!
The title track, "Cowgirl Stomp!" has a driving beat that won't quit. It's the marriage of country & disco with a tempo and theme that's perfect for a line dance or clogging tune. The kind of song Terri Clark or Wynona would love.
The sixth track, "Doin' Time," is a prison lament about a crime of passion. Karen wrote the music and Chuck Siemens the lyrics. It is a high-lonesome sounding regretful tale of a man who finds his unfaithful lover in the arms of another and accidentally pulls the trigger as they engage in a fight. Jailhouse blues and then some! 5-string banjo adds the perfect touch!
"A Casual Affair," is a feisty swing tune. Now here's a gal who's mad as hell because her lover promises one thing and delivers another. Very nifty rhythm and lead guitar work. You'll jump to your feet to do the 'west coast swing!' Music by Karen and lyrics by Chuck Siemens.
Be careful who you trust is the moral of the eighth track, "Life Sucks The Big One Then You Die." The schmuck face you came west with gets conned and you're left stranded at a rest stop while he runs off with a 'desert fox!' Classic country with a plucky guitar and rhythm section. A great two-step and good for a laugh at life's pitfalls.
"Would You Like Some Pie?" is a bluesy tune that sizzles and titillates. The vocal approach is powerfully expressive with a lusty, in-your-face attitude. The guitar work is fabulous. Hey, Bonnie Raitt, this song belongs on your next album!
Number ten track is the "Bar-B-Que Song." A swinging, rhythm & blues, perky song with delightful, delicious lyrics. Karen and Joyce Rego wrote the words and Joyce wrote the music. All the steak loving gourmets will be salivating over this tune!
When KAREN's music teacher, at Seal Beach Elementary School in Southern California, told her she'd never make it as a violin player she was crushed. Instead of giving up she switched to drums much to the dismay of her parents and friends who said girls weren't supposed to play that particular instrument. "It made me want to master the skins even more," she said. A stubborn loner who kept banging away in her room. "I was an only child, lonely as hell and hungry for love so I buried myself in music. I think it drove my folks a little crazy but they put up with it!" It's a good thing KAREN stuck to it because now rhythm permeates everything she does.
On the road as a professional drummer, she yearned to be upfront in the spotlight so she bought her first guitar in Gillette, Wyoming. "We stayed at the Sands Motel and every night after the gig I'd get a six-pack, a huge bag of beer nuts and stay up till dawn practicing until my fingers were numb and finally I'd pass out!" Along the way she added 5-string banjo, 4-string banjo, ukulele, tap-dancing and yodeling with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Is there anything this woman can't do?!!
KAREN was born and raised in Southern California and started touring by the time she was 18. She's appeared in many venues in the United States and the Orient. She's fronted lots of bands but she can put on a hell of a good one-woman-show too and one of very few performers with the 'triple threat' of singing, dancing and playing instruments. She'll take your breath away and knock your socks off!
"COWGIRL STOMP!" was written, performed, recorded and produced by KAREN in her home studio and took about two years to make. Chuck Siemens and Joyce Rego co-wrote three of the songs. KAREN played all the instruments (except sequenced drums & bass). In every sense of the word, KAREN HADLEY is the supreme quintessential one-woman-show!
Check out the artist's website:
1. My Dear Lady Helen, Teach Me To Ride
2. My French Kissin' Cousin
3. The Truth Is You Lie
4. Cruisin' Coast Highway
5. Cowgirl Stomp
6. Doin' Time
7. A Casual Affair
8. Life Sucks The Big One Then You Die
9. Would You Like Some Pie?
10. Bar-B-Q Song