Dropping just in time for the beginning of spooky season, Americana singer-songwriter Reilly Downes has her audience enchanted with her new cover of the Chris Isaak classic, “Wicked Game.”
Beginning as a session musician in Nashville, Downes has since made a name for herself as the “Sad Cowgirl of Chicago,” as many of her honky tonk-inspired tunes touch on topics of heartache and loving pains.
The Texas Hill Country native is distinguished by her sultry tone through which her southern twang rings loud and clear, accompanied by her sweet melodies and traditional country-styled instrumentation. Prior to this October 1st cover, Downes released her debut EP, Spent – which we reviewed earlier this summer – displaying her rich impassioned sound and country groove that she has made her calling card.
Downes does an incredible job of staying true to the feeling and composition of Isaak’s original performance, but with her own honky-tonk groove and entrancing vocals.
The famous droning guitar lead that drives the song is creatively complemented by musical techniques more familiar with the country and Americana genre, fitting it to Downes’ style. The country songstress does the timeless lyrics justice with her powerful voice hitting incredible belts in the chorus and utilizing her dynamic control for the softer verses. This iconic 1989 tune is redone with sad cowgirl charm, and is sure to appease fans of the original.
While Downes just wrapped up playing a string of shows around the Illinois area, be sure to keep an eye out for her tour schedule and new music to come.