Shawna Virago – “High Road No. 6”


The latest from Shawna Virago, “High Road No. 6” is a consuming alt-country track with poignant sentiments about “escaping the entrapments and negative forces wanting to take you down.” Virago, a pioneer transgender musician, wrote the track during a tumultuous year filled with legislative attacks against transgender people. The San Francisco-based artist, impressing previously with tracks “Tranimal” and “Heaven Sent Delinquent,” once again shines with “High Road No. 6.” Driving acoustics and suave vocals spin a consuming, wry wit — “I was broke and living in a haze, from my station in life / Trouble started when I slept with the mayor, then the mayor’s wife.” The “roll baby,” melodic twist also stands out.

Virago adds the following about the track’s background:

“I’d been a little depressed from the non-stop level of hate aimed at trans people, and needed to write something that gave me some hope and comfort. I needed something to supercharge my resilience. ‘High Road No. 6’ is that song, about escaping the entrapments and negative forces wanting to take you down. It’s a visual and cinematic song, plus you can shine up your boots and break out some the line-dancing.”

“High Road No. 6” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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