From The Desk Of Laura Cantrell: East Tennessee

Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen Of Country Music is the fifth full-length from New York City singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell, and as you probably deduced from the album’s title, the LP pays tribute to country music’s first female star. Cantrell recorded the 10-track record in Nashville, the city where both she and Wells were born. Aside from covering some of Wells’ most loved songs, Cantrell kicks off the album with the title track, a song she co-wrote with Amy Allison. Cantrell will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with her.

Cantrell: My mom’s family is from Chattanooga, and for the last few years we’ve been spending a lot of our summertime on Signal Mountain. When I was little, Chattanooga definitely seemed kind of stuck in time. Now I appreciate the incredible natural beauty of the mountains and the Tennessee River that winds through them, the great bike and walking paths the city created in its downtown area on either side of the river, the buzz of activity in the city’s arts district and the truly local music culture evident up in spots like the Mountain Opry and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center at the African American Museum. Finally, Chattanooga has a healthy local food movement and a great farmers’ market, so we eat well.

Video after the jump.