My Girl The River are a family band comprising Louisiana native and former Nashvillian Kris Wilkinson on vocals and guitar), British bassist Joe Hughes and a brief cameo from their 14-year-old daughter Ruby Kate on ukulele and harmony vocals. Their Bandcamp page states their current location to be Bedford in the UK.
Their second album was produced by Neilson Hubbard, recorded in East Nashville and a number of music city connections were recruited as session musicians to flesh out the sound.
They specialise in a slow bluesy Folk/Americana with Wilkinson's languid, dreamy voice being pitched somewhere between K.D. Lang and Karen Carpenter.
The title tune is dedicated to a bird which stands out through its red plumage; a misfit from the islands standing its ground and a symbol of both passion and resolution.
Bitter sweet love songs are their stock in trade although He Doesn't Know He's Gone is a tribute to Indie-Pop singer Tommy Keene who died in his sleep aged 59 and I Try is about coming to terms with motherhood. The closing song, The Last Branch, hints at apocalyptic themes albeit from a domesticated perspective.
This is a pleasant though not particularly memorable album; laid back, modest in scope and honest in delivery.
Hear Cardinal in the Snow on Bandcamp