Poet Teresa Burleson is no stranger to either the Western life or to Western audiences. Her newest release offers more of her views of the former to the latter.
In “Cowgirl Way” she clearly states and demonstrates that strength comes in different dressing, but also she affirms making a hand doesn’t mean she hands off her feminine side. The title track “The Calf Book” illustrates it all comes out in the wash, and that is the problem, unfotunately! In “The Message” she arguably equates the shameful Indian betrayal with loss of rights today. And a particular turn of phrase from “Gettin’ Lucky” caught my ear: “Visions of cowboys two-stepped in their heads.” Covers include Luke Reed’s “One-Eyed Jack,” Larry McWhorter’s brief but dead-on “Therapy” and on Daron Little’s “The Bell Song” the CD engineer happened to record Burleson singing part of the words she intended to only recite and blended singing with recitation together in post. Good capture!
Some friends help on the album with music intros and outros. They include Aarom Meador (guitar/mandolin/Native flute), Devon Dawson (drum/Scottish bodran) and Kristyn Harris (fiddle). Eleven tracks.