Kelley Mickwee takes an honest look at what makes a relationship last in her brand new track “Gold Standard”, premiering exclusively at The boot today.
Mickwee has become a central figure in the Texas country scene in recent years. You may know her as a member of acclaimed American band The Trishas, alongside fellow talents Jamie Lin Wilson, Savannah Welch and Liz Foster. Most recently, she performed as part of Kevin Russell’s Shiny Soul Sisters, providing background vocals and harmonies during his live shows. You may also recognize her as the voice of Austin’s “Sun Radio,” a station where, until 2021, she led a live show every week for more than five years.
But where Mickwee really shines is his work as a solo artist. Last year she shared ‘Boomtown to Bust’, her first new music since her 2014 solo album. You used to live here. With a new purpose and a drive to create something new, Mickwee is ready to share more of her new work with the world.
Produced and engineered by fellow Texan and talented singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, “Gold Standard” taps into the magic of classic ’70s country duets. With vivid imagery and sharp honesty, Mickwee’s lyrics seem universally relatable – even if you haven’t found lasting love yet.
“Owen Temple and I sat down one day to write a song called ‘Gold Standard.’ As songwriters, we rarely start with the title, but this one was different,” Mickwee said. The boot. “We worked backwards. We told the story of two people who loved each other their whole lives, who went through tough and rocky times along the way, but eventually found each other again. The kind of love that we all measure ours against… the gold standard. We wanted it to look like this – could have been recorded by George and Tammy or Loretta and Conway, back then.
“It’s a story about that picture on the wall of those two kindred spirits — the couple everyone envied and yearned to be,” Temple said. “The couple who took a long time to get together, but once they find each other, they keep the promises they made. Their love becomes a model, an ideal, an institution. Usually the path to arrive At that sweet spot is bumpier and more complicated than it looks, but when you find you have a love that holds up, you treat it like the treasure it is.”
Listen to “Gold Standard” below:
You can find more information about Kelley Mickwee’s music and information about upcoming tour dates through his official website.
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