NASHVILLE, TN – (September 22, 2023) – Stunning harmonies and imaginative storytelling on the new single “When the Water’s Down” released by Girls Next Door. Alluring vocals, top-notch instrumentation and a gritty storyline create an interesting musical palette for the listener. The new music is available for streaming and download music platforms at https://linktr.ee/girlsnextdoormusic.
Country music has long prided itself on brilliant storytelling set to music. “When the Water’s Down” is a prime example of how a perfectly crafted song, coupled with precisely the right voices, can bring a story to life in the most entertaining way possible.
“We loved this song from the moment we heard it,” shared Girls Next Door. “It is in the great tradition of storytelling that country music is known for. It’s a story of a ‘guilty’ southern town known for its sins. In the end, no matter how hard people try to cover their wrongdoing, things usually rise to the top in the end. Using the analogy, ‘you never know what shows up when the water’s down,’ the song tells of all the secrets that surface in a river when the water’s down during a drought. The song features each member of Girls Next Door individually during the verses, culminating in a rousing chorus of harmony.”
“I want to encourage everybody to get a copy of Girls Next Door’s new song ‘When the Water’s Down,'” said drummer Lonnie Wilson. “I had the privilege of playing drums on this record, the girls are singing better than ever and the production is top-shelf! I am so proud to be a part of this. Way to go, Girls Next Door!”
“As a songwriter, it’s always a little scary when an artist cuts one of your songs,” revealed TW Hale. “But in this case, Girls Next Door knocked ‘When the Water’s Down’ out of the park. They not only stayed true to the style of the song as it was written, but added some of their ‘special sauce’ to make it their own. And it is wonderful! Thanks so much for giving this song a glorious set of wings!”
“Well, we all went down to the river bank
The Mississippi sure was low
A killer drought was burning us out and things were starting to show
But some things should stay buried lost and never found
Like the near forgotten secrets of a guilty southern town
There was a rusted two-tone Chevy
Bullet holes in the rearview glass
And a man standing on the levy seeing a nightmare from his past
There was a golden wedding ring that brought a woman straight to tears
Once on the hand of a handsome man she hadn’t seen in years
And we were praying for rain
Everybody was praying for rain
We were standing on shaky ground
‘Cause you never know what shows up when the water’s down…”
“When the Water’s Down” was penned by TW Hale and Leslie Satcher. It was produced by TW Hale and Tom Harding of H2 Productions in Brentwood, Tennessee. Harding also served as Engineer. The song was recorded at Ronnie’s Place Studios in Nashville and The Gym Floor in Franklin, Tennessee.
Included on the project were studio musicians Lonnie Wilson (drums), Mike Brignardello (bass), Mike Durham (electric guitar), John D. Willis (acoustic guitar, banjo), Scott Sanders (dobro) and Jason Webb (keys).
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Vocal quartet Girls Next Door, came onto the country music scene strong during the mid-80s. Cindy, Diane, Doris and Tammy knew one another while performing in the live shows at Opryland Music Park. The idea of this group was sparked by producer Tommy West. West hailed from the days of Manhattan Transfer and mentioned to Doris his dream to produce a female vocal group. The rest is history. West was brought on as the head of A & R at the new Nashville label, MTM Records, and he brought Girls Next Door with him.Right out of the gate, the group scored a #14 hit on the Billboard charts with their first single, “Love Will Get You Through Times of No Money, Better Than Money Will Get You Through Times of No Love.” They followed that single with the top 10 single, “Slowboat to China” which reached #8 on the Billboard charts. All in all, Girls Next Door charted 9 songs in their nearly 10 years together. They released two albums on MTM Records with West, and one on Atlantic Records with producer Nelson Larkin.During Girls Next Door’s touring days, they traveled extensively with The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers and Lee Greenwood. They also performed with The Judds, Randy Travis, Exile, Loretta Lynn and Sawyer Brown to name a few. If you ask the girls, they will tell you their favorite events were with the legendary George Jones at The Kennedy Center and with the Oak Ridge Boys at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Television appearances include The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, and TNN shows – Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, On Stage, Hee Haw and Video Country. The girls also made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage!
In 1991, Girls Next Door performed for the last time on Nashville Now with Ralph Emery. It was bittersweet, but these girls had no problem prioritizing family. Being with their husbands, children and parents was where their hearts were.
There were several brief reunions over the years, but nothing seemed to stick. It wasn’t the right time. There were aging parents, teenagers, and Doris and Diane are both cancer survivors. Faith is an important component of their lives, and they knew things would come together in God’s timing – and it appears that NOW is God’s timing.
After 30 years, Girls Next Door is back with a new album titled Girls Next Door 2.0 – NOW or NEVER, produced by H2 Productions, TW Hale and Tom Harding. The first single released to all digital streaming platforms was “What’s This Thing You’ve Got About Leaving” and you will recognize their sound as if they never left. Each girl is featured on this album, but come together with those tight, bright vocal harmonies you know and love. In their 2.0 version, they are lively, fun, confident and entertaining. You won’t be disappointed!
The group consists of original members Cindy Nixon Psanos, Diane Williams Austin, Tammy Stephens Smith and Doris King Merritt.