Photo by Jack Lue
Angela Petrilli was one half of Roses & Cigarettes until the passing of her bandmate and best friend Jenny Pagliaro in 2019. After that, she spent almost a year travelling to places like Nashville, New York, Paris, Italy, and Australia. She returned to Los Angeles ready to make music again.
Her new single, "Red River," is one of the darkest versions of country rock you've heard in a while. It's reminding me a lot of Patterson Hood's songs on Drive-By Trucker's The Dirty South, especially the guitar. (And if you know that album, you know how dark the guitars can get on it...) Petrilli's vocals don't quite match the darkness of the music, but she's hardly singing "Red River" like it's a pop song. She sounds more like a less gritty Lucinda Williams. This is a dark, dark country rocker that allows just enough light to come through to not allow you to sink into despair.