Nancy Wenstrom Captivates with New Single “Alabama Song”
Nancy Wenstrom’s latest single, “Alabama Song”, is about as multifaceted as an ode can be. For starters, it plugs along at about maybe 50, 60 beats per minute aided by a flaring snare on a drum pattern that takes its time to encapsulate the songstress’ message. The tune itself is part ballad, part gospel affirmation, part dirge and entirely country and western—all of which becomes manifest, somehow, in under four minutes.
The first of this triad predominates the number and is the motif for how the track comes in and goes out as Wenstrom works through a moving performance not just about the titular state, but also its tradition, its look and feel and, most likely, some of its people who were dearer to her than others were. From the dripping, curving guitars in the background to the twinge in the singer’s vocal tone, this is a down home country ditty that hearkens to an obvious southern tradition
Still, there’s no denying the religious fervor invoked about midway through with its obvious nod to gospel music. Lyrically, she breaks things down with references to her savior in a church in the woods with a cinematic, picturesque feel that is as real as the myriad people raised in such settings.
In fact, Wenstrom’s propensity for songwriting is one of the strengths of this number. Her reminiscences about Alabama are cleverly captured via a metaphor about the different seasons. Her ardor is matched by her guitar strumming, which becomes winsome in spots, particularly when she laments the fact that she can’t go back home because those that made it special are no longer around.
Such sensibilities are the foundation for this song that’s sure to evoke an emotion or two for anyone who gives it a good ear. Even without the words, the numerous guitar tracks and their bending, breaking notes are demonstrative of some of the best sounds this instrument can create. By pairing it with meaningful lyrics about a place that’s as vibrant and as alive in the singer’s work as it ever was in reality, Wenstrom fails to disappoint.