Artist: Laney Lou and The Bird Dogs
Hometown: Bozeman, Montana
Song: “Give It Up”
Release Date: May 26, 2023 (single); June 2, 2023 (album)
In Their Words: “The song ‘Give It Up’ came together in a matter of minutes, like it was just waiting for the right time to be written. I sat down at the piano one day and started playing the main melody of the verse. Words flowed immediately and the subject of the song became clear once I started singing the chorus line, ‘I can’t give it up.’
“This song dives into the incessant questions that last with you years after a relationship ends. You can turn over every stone beating yourself up for past actions, but ultimately you have to own your decisions. The phrase ‘I can’t give it up’ is repeated over and over through the song, feeling exasperated and victorious at the same time, like an earnest declaration to actually give it up and move on.
“Instrumentally the song mimics the ups and downs that you feel when processing a relationship. The quiet parts picked by our banjo player, Matt Demarais, are reflective and delicate, but the song reaches an apex when our fiddle player, Brian Kassay, explodes into a solo after the haunting bridge. I like to think that this song is a final chapter in a long battle to let something go, and the repeated chorus lines are a cathartic way for the narrator to do so.” — Lena Schiffer, Vocals/Guitar
Photo Credit: John Troy Photography