#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Liz Phair, ‘Why Can’t I?’ [Watch]
From left to right in the video above, Livy Jeanne, Lena Stone, Kalie Shorr, Hailey Steele and Mae Estes were on the bill for the weekly #LetTheGirlsPlay gig at the Listening Room in downtown Music City on Jan. 2. The weekly singer-songwriter showcase features a rotating roster of the most up-and-coming female talent in Nashville, and at the end of each performance, the women join forces to pay tribute to a songwriter who has influenced them.
Phair co-wrote "Why Can't I?" with Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock, and released it as the lead single from her self-titled fourth album in 2003. "Why Can't I?" reached No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the Hot Adult Top 40, becoming her biggest charting song to date.
Unlike Phair's heavily-produced, electric guitar-laden track, the Suffragettes strip the song down to its bare essentials for their performance, and they also replace the racier original lyric with the more radio and family-friendly, "Here we go, we're at the beginning / We haven't kissed yet, but my head's spinning."
Take a look at the performance in the clip above.
The #LetTheGirlsPlay movement launched in Nashville to help address the marketplace inequalities for women in country music and provide them a showcase for their original work, as well as networking opportunities. So far it's working; LTGP artists have seen their careers take off, including Kasey Tyndall, who recently signed a deal with Sony/ATV, one of Nashville's most influential publishing houses.
Taste of Country remains a committed supporter of the movement. Look for cover songs on the site once a week, and monthly featured artist profiles in addition to regular special features. This month's featured artist is Taylor Noelle.
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