A “bombshell” is something (usually news) that’s shocking, surprising, or sensational. It also is a slang term for a woman who is very attractive. During World War II, “Bombshell Girl” referred to the pinup girls who were painted onto the sides of World War II planes, bombers, and sometimes, even their bombs!
“Bomshel,” is a take-off on the term, “Bombshell,” and the name of a sensational, female country/rock duo: Kristy Osmonson and Kelley Shepard. They are blonde (bombshells) worthy of the title. But they’re accomplished musicians, too. Hot women to watch and listen to! Bomshel’s latest album “Fight Like A Girl” debuted this fall, featuring eleven tracks, including two that are poised to top the charts: the title track:”Fight Like A Girl” and “19 and Crazy. “
Country music has it’s roots in sad situations. In “Fight Like A Girl,” Bomshel sings about a real person named Jenny, who found a lump when she was just 26 years old, and on the same day she was pregnant with her baby, Gracie. In real life, Jenny refused to terminate the baby and carried Gracie to full term, after which she was given 8 months to live. Jenny refused to give up, enduring chemo every two weeks for 8 years until she finally lost her well-fought, battle. She had planned to attend a Bomshel concert, but never made it, so Bomshel wrote the song, for her little girl, about how to stay positive in life in words they thought her mother would have said, had she lived to share them. No matter what your age or your struggle, this song will empower you, It’s a tearjerker in the truest country fashion, but it will also make you feel better.You can’t help wanting to put your fist in the air when Bombshel sings: “I’ll hold my head high……I’ll take on this world. If I stand and be strong.No, I’ll never give up. I will conquer with love. And I’ll fight like a girl” A country song in classic tradition reminds you that no matter what trials and tribulations you have, they’re trivial compared to the person in a country song!
Going in another direction entirely, is “19 and Crazy.” It’s a youth anthem in a classic style with a twist. It’s about wanting to be young and wild and free, but it’s not a rebel yell like The Who’s “My Generation.” This song is about cherishing your youth, but knowing that at some point, you have to cautiously move forward. The lyrics announce that there are consequences to your actions, but it’s ok to be “19 and crazy” for a while, with no real regrets: “This belly button dangle will probably just be one of those things i won’t be showing off to often at sixty-five. This butterfly tattoo might be something i tell my kids not to do. Spring break shouldn’t last the rest of your life. There were things i should not have done then again well i sure had fun.”
These are not just pretty girls wearing tight jeans and t-shirts.The Bomshel ladies are good to look at, but they have talent (yes, these girls can sing). There is a wealth of good music here. The other tracks on “Fight Like a Girl” reflect a variety of styles that show the duo’s versatility, although the roots are definitely in Country. Guys may ogle them, but I think Bomshel’s country rock will get the notice of women, especially younger women, who can really relate to the songs.
I haven’t been following Bomshel’s career, but the first incarnation of the duo didn’t break through on the Country Music Charts. This revised duo, (Kelly is new) might be able to get zoom through in a market that is particularly challenging for females. Her band mate, Kristy, calls Kelly “like LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood and martina McBride…all my favorite singers–all wrapped in one”
You don’t have to be a huge country music fan, to appreciate Bomshel’s value as singers, songwriters, musicians, and good entertainers. Based on what I see and hear, these ladies will “fight like hell” (like talented women) and they will win your heart! There’s no time like the present to give yourself a gift…of Fight Like A Girl!
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