#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Walk the Moon, ‘Shut Up and Dance’
The women of Song Suffragettes usually pay homage to fellow country artists with a cover song at their Monday night shows, but they cover a giant pop hit in this acoustic clip from a recent Nashville gig.
Song Suffragettes are a loose collective of five of the most talented and up-and-coming females in country music. They perform at the Listening Room in Music City every Monday evening, with each singer-songwriter offering up their original songs, and all of them coming together at the end of the show for a group cover tune. In the clip above, the ladies perform a stripped-down version of Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance," which was a pop smash all over the world in 2014.
The lineup for this particular show consisted of Jordyn Mallory, Lena Stone, Kalie Shorr, Jenna McDaniel and Mae Estes. Shorr begins the fun, up-tempo tune, anchoring the arrangement on guitar and singing lead on the first verse. McDaniel sings next, followed by Stone as several of the artists trade harmony parts.
All of the women jump in for group harmonies on the chorus, which preserves the fun of the original even in such a simple arrangement. Estes takes the main part on the first chorus, and Mallory sings lead the second time through, giving each of these uniquely talented artists a chance to shine.
Song Suffragettes are part of the #LetTheGirlsPlay movement, which began in Nashville several years ago in response to the unique challenges female artists were experiencing in country music at every level, from performing to songwriting. It's working, too -- over the last 18 months we've seen far more deserving women break through commercially, but there's still a long way to go.
Taste of Country has always been a proud supporter of women in country music, and each month you'll see a new featured #LetTheGirlsPlay artist on the site, as well as new group covers every Sunday.
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