Erin Recommends: “Ride Out In The Country” by Yola


Everything about this song resonates for this country girl but this isn’t about me. This is about Yola.

I stumbled across her when Paste magazine recommended her album Walk Through Fire as an Americana album I should get to sooner than later. I clicked on it, listened to every song in one sitting, downloaded it and haven’t been able to stop listening.

Yolanda Quarterly or “Yola” grew up in Bristol, England in a home where music was banned but you know, she had a calling and followed it. The world is a better place because she did.

Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys produced this amazing piece of work, highlighting the talent of this woman. Every song on this album has a “this could be anywhere” and timeless resonance.

“Ride Out in the Country” quickly made it to the top of my playlist partly because this is who I am, the jump in my truck turn up the music, let the wind flow through my fingers, walk in the woods to sort things out, contemplate stories, find the perfect image or seek out answers.

The video here surprised me, didn’t see the shovel and hole coming but I love how she does it in a dress and work boots. It’s badass.

The album and Yola herself have recently been nominated for the Americana Honors and Awards. I know we haven’t heard the last of her.

(Song recommendation by Erin L. Cork)

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