Announcing itself with three accents, this pop-country tune establishes Michelle Hannan and One Blue Night as one of the preeminent original country music acts here in Frederick. Howard Parker’s pedal steel will recall visions of the Grand Ole Opry, and the laid back rhythm evokes more early-year Eagles than it does modern day Brandi Carlile.

None of that matters, of course, once Hannan’s voice kicks in to tell the tale of a love long lost, falling victim to both preference and consequence.

“I was young and so was he,” she proclaims on top of the easy groove falling in behind her. “I loved him and he loved me. I was just too blind to see, he needed me at home.”

By the time she gets around to how she “traded heaven for honky-tonk hell,” you’ll realize how vital the role of a cowboy can be, all gender norms be damned.

It all adds up to yet another solid effort from the quintet, proving that even if might be too far gone, here’s hoping she never is.

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