Lula Wilesfrom the album What Will We Do available on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Who we are as Americans is a hot topic, and the three women of Lula Wiles deal with the subject with Folk music that reveal the truths hidden in history with “Good Old American Values”, the storyline poking holes in cowboy song nostalgia. The track is collected along with other tunes as What Will We Do, the recent release from Lula Wiles. What Will We Dopresents the words of Lula Wiles as modern-day tales backed with the instrumentation, the passion, and the commitment of Folk Singers, the album released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, fitting perfectly into the label’s dedication to music that stands for diversity and inclusion as well as championing social and political protest.
The album introduces counterculture options that look at life from all sides, offering DIY guides for self-love as Lula Wiles make “If I Don’t Go” a love song that seeks the freedom of being alone while What Will We Doturns the channel to nightly news in the form of a song with “Shaking as It Turns” and reverses traditional murder ballad roles in “Bad Guy”. Lula Wiles provide opinions with an eye to the world yet the trio balances community with personal wishes, What Will We Dopounding the pavement for mail delivery and a letter from “Nashville, Man”, drifting in a dream with “Morphine”, cruising main street USA in “Hometown”, and basking under a night sky alive with light as the candle dims on romance for “Independence Day”. Matters of the heart hurt when Lula Wiles open the album admitting shortcomings with “Love Gone Wrong” and strumming up courage for the misery in “The Pain of Loving You” while What Will We Doexits on its title track, weighing possibilities and listening to them echo back as a yodel.
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