Following the release of their acclaimed second album Cardinal in the Snow, My Girl The River are preparing to share new track Sad Dog, on February 26th via Bandcamp & Streaming Platforms
Marking the one year anniversary of the passing of Kris’ mom, Sad Dog deals with processing loss, depth of grief and moving through the experience to realise that others may need comforting as well.
Walking became a key healing element during the early months for Kris and she named the presence of grief and sadness the ‘Sad Dog’. Some days the sad dog was along every step of the way and other days the sad dog did not appear. Over time visits from the sad dog became more infrequent, as if it had someone else who needed it more.
Although the song has elements of sadness, it also has an uplifting finale of realising it’s not so much the destination but the journey. Kris, once again, blends her styles and genres bringing you a haunting and thoughtful melodic track with very hooky vocals and harmonies.
Landing somewhere between Phoebe Bridgers, Laura Marling, Emmylou Harris, and Joni Mitchell, there is so much to love about this song, including a simple and sweet harmonic ukulele solo played by daughter, Ruby, and lovely harmonies provided by Joe and Ruby together. Shying away from vocal tuning, Kris gives us a more delicate natural performance, using her beautiful falsetto to create lift and a melancholy at the same time.
Produced by Kris and mastered by Kimberly Rosen at Knack Mastering.
Kris, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, ‘buzz saw’ electric, programming and production, mixing
Joe, bass and harmonies
Ruby, ukulele and harmonies
Praise for My Girl The River’s – Cardinal in the Snow
‘Get it wherever you get music, you won’t be disappointed’
Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
‘Nashville meets Southern Gothic with fine vocals’
‘‘Cardinal in the Snow’ is a tonic and comfort, one you will return to again and again’
Folk and Tumble
‘A masterpiece of listening pleasure’
‘Like Lucinda Williams, folk legend Joni Mitchell or K.D. Lang, we are so impressed with this record’
‘Wilkinson has a voice that ebbs and flows to fill all those pools of emotion. Cardinal in the Snow is perfect lockdown therapy.’
A Life In A Song