Shawna Virago writes anti-folk anthems with a country flair. This is exemplified on “High Road No. 6”.
The San Francisco singer/songwriter has long been making a name for herself. She was one of the first openly transgender women to perform and tour nationally, and her accomplishments as a published writer have given her a storytelling edge. “Trouble started when I slept with the mayor,” she delivers on the track, “and the mayor’s wife.”
The song is punctuated with jangly guitars that set the country, twangy mood. The song has a bounce to it, showcased in the choreographed dance moments in the video. On screen, we see Virago and some fishnet-clad cowboys shuffle across the screen. Always, however, Virago is the one in focus, and often the one controlling the gaze.
If you’re looking for the space where punk, country, and a bunch of fun collide, look no further than Shawna Virago and her smoothly energetic “High Road No. 6”. This is a track to knock boots to.