The Highwomen Make Their Long-Awaited Debut With ‘Redesigning Women’

Meet The Highwomen: A new quartet comprised of four badass singer-songwriters, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby,…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 19, 2019


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Meet The Highwomen: A new quartet comprised of four badass singer-songwriters, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby, who are ready to take the world by storm.

The group formed a few months ago, made some magic in the studio with award-winning producer Dave Cobb and today, The Highwomen gave fans the first taste of their music with the release of “Redesigning Women.”

The song celebrates the modern working woman.

“Redesigning women / Runnin’ the world while we’re cleanin’ up the kitchen / Makin’ bank, shakin’ hands, drivin’ 80 / Tryin’ to get home just to feed the babies / Skippin’ the bread for the butter / Changin’ our minds like we change our hair color / Yeah, ever since the beginning, we’ve been redesigning women,” the ladies sing throughout the chorus.

The group’s Natalie Hemby co-wrote “Redesigning Women” with Rodney Clawson and artist Jason Isbell, who happens to also be Amanda Shires’ husband.

The Highwomen’s just-released music video features a slew of guest stars, including Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Cam, Kassi Ashton and Cassadee Pope.

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The group’s band name was partially inspired by The Highwaymen, a country supergroup formed in 1985 that was comprised of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.

“Anyone can be a Highwoman,” Carlile shared in a release. “It’s about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love.”

An eponymous 12-track album is slated for release September 6. The Highwomen’s album is available for pre-order now.

1. “Highwomen” (written by Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires & Jimmy Webb)
2. “Redesigning Women” (written by Natalie Hemby & Rodney Clawson)
3. “Loose Change” (written by Maren Morris, Maggie Chapman & Daniel Layus)
4. “Crowded Table” (written by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Lori McKenna)
5. “My Name Can’t Be Mama” (written by Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris & Amanda Shires)
6. “If She Ever Leaves Me” (written by Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell & Chris Thompkins)
7. “Old Soul” (written by Maren Morris, Luke Dick & Laura Veltz)
8. “Don’t Call Me” (written by Amanda Shires & Peter Levin)
9. “My Only Child” (written by Natalie Hemby, Amanda Shires & Miranda Lambert)
10. “Heaven Is a Honky Tonk” (written by Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby & Ray LaMontagne)
11. “Cocktail and a Song” (written by Amanda Shires)
12. “Wheels of Laredo” (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth & Phil Hanseroth)

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.