Kaitlin Butts Shines On Second Project Since Returning To Music, "Sad Yeehaw Sessions"
Updated: Nov 8, 2022
For all of us country fans who need to get in our feels, it's our time to shine. Rising star Kaitlin Butts has dropped the flawless Sad Yeehaw Sessions. Consisting of three covers and two new songs, Butts' latest EP allows her soulful voice to shine in a variety of contexts.
Butts' work is always rooted in country, it never fails to hide her Oklahoma twang and southern upbringing. However, Sad Yeehaw Sessions crosses genre lines in impeccable ways. Her take on Miley Cyrus' "Angels Like You" puts an Americana-influenced spin on a pop hit. A stripped-back, deeply emotional rendition of The Wreckers' "One More Girl" shows Butts' mastery of 2000s country and adult alternative. In a duet with her husband and Flatland Cavalry frontman Cleto Cordero, she includes a cover of "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. "Hold You Down," penned by Lyndsey Buchanan and Emily Jane Ramos, tells a vivid story about unrequited love with the help of Butts' phenomenal belt. The steady-paced but bold "Blood (Stripped)," which Butts holds a writing credit on, personifies blood to tell a jarring story.
This is Butts' second project following her recent return to country music, with What Else Can She Do in April serving as the first. Sad Yeehaw Sessions takes a more direct and transparent approach to storytelling than its predecessors, while maintaining the figurative language that always works for Butts.
Butts has truly developed her artistry since the release of What Else Can She Do, blessing fans with a more mature, sonically diverse project. She has demonstrated her natural talent not just in singing, but also delivering covers in her unique voice as if they were her own songs. The versatile set of influences that shape Butts' sound shines through, packing a plethora of layers into just five tracks. Sad Yeehaw Sessions is truly something special, and it might even be one our favorite EPs of the year.