Against the backdrop of a stoic piano, Lady Redneck begins to croon ever so softly, introducing us to the opening bars of her new single “After the Rain, You’ll Find the Son” in a half-whisper. She won’t be able to contain the potent harmonies that are about to form out of the cloudy first few moments of this track, but under her direction as a singer, she will almost singlehandedly deliver something as large and in charge as a wild lion in “After the Rain, You’ll Find the Son,” a starring song from her new EP. Lady Redneck has been getting an appropriate amount of love from the press lately, but after this catches on with her growing audience, I think her brand is bound to grow enormously.
As a track that doesn’t run for an excessive amount of time, “After the Rain, You’ll Find the Son” has to creatively bind together a lot of lyrical themes inside of a relatively small space, but with the efficient hand this singer/songwriter is bringing with her into the studio, this isn’t much of an issue at all. Her harmonies are the ultimate catalyst for catharsis in this performance, and even had she not been as vocal with her descriptiveness as a lyricist in this track, I think she would still be presenting us with a mood that just about anyone within earshot of the song would be able to understand and interpret the way it was meant to be taken.
This chorus is a little more anticlimactic than I would have originally anticipated it being, but to some extent, I think this is another instance of Lady Redneck trying to do things differently from her peers intentionally. She doesn’t want to be marginalized with the scores of other Christian singer/songwriters in country music and beyond for her lyrical themes, and by rejecting the more standardized method for making a track like this, she’s showing off how little she needs to rely on other people’s model when making something original that bears her name in the byline. There’s a lot that her young rivals could stand to learn from this performance, hardly limited to the technique and natural gifts she’s using as a melodic vocalist in the driver’s seat of this project.
I found out about Lady Redneck’s music for the first time this year, and despite the fact that she still has a long way to go before she’s able to prove herself to the industry types who still take what the Nashville establishment says seriously, I think she’s already asserting herself and her artistry as being credible enough to warrant a second look. “After the Rain, You’ll Find the Son” is a very personal single that gives us an intimate look inside of this artist’s soul and specifically what matters to her as a performer, and while I don’t know that it’s going to remain the best work of her career, it’s made me very excited to find out how she’s going to proceed from here.