Boots, Bras, and Drawers was my first baby, Y’all.
It was not the first song I had ever written; but it was the first song that really took. It was my first hit in my hometown. It didn’t make any radio charts, but everywhere I went people requested me to sing it. They started calling me “Little Loretta”. I would get asked to sing that song so often that I started carrying my guitar around with me everywhere. I even played Boots, Bras, and Drawers at school events. My Agriculture teacher was such a supporter that he suggested I play it at the State FFA Convention. And I did. I played this song at 4-H University. I used it to win the Texaco Country Showdown in 2011 for KYKZ Lake Charles, Cumulus Broadcasting.
I was 14 when I wrote “Boots, Bras, and Drawers”. I was 27 when I released the record.
Why did it take me so long to release this song that had been an instant hit for me?
It took me that long to grow and develop and find the studio and the engineer that I could trust … at least enough to not completely screw me over. The music industry is a tricky one to navigate but I never think of it as a bad thing. I love a good challenge.
Finding the right studio and engineer is like a dating process and it took me YEARS of searching.
Like Chris Finnie says, “You can’t bull$%!& the universe”.
I walked out of 7 different studios trying to record this record.
One thing that I have always been blessed with is a since of reading people. I have a history of being able to smell a dishonest person ahead of most. I knew what I wanted, and I knew how I wanted to do it. (Here’s the Pistol living up to her name.) That did not sit well with many folks; and this is the first sign of ulterior motives. It seems that when certain people sense that you are going to be big someday, they want to try and own you or put their mark on you. This never offended me, I just took it as a compliment and rolled on. Mostly, I thanked them for showing their true colors to me. I thank God for the signs that I pick up on, and I pray for help to see any signs that I do not pick up on. Time is a valuable asset and I hate to waste it. That doesn’t mean I’m in a hurry; it just means I don’t sit around for anyone. I love this quote from Dr. John C. Maxwell, “Big people make you feel bigger, small people make you feel smaller”. Don’t invest in the small, just love them and walk on. That’s how you lead by example.
One day I saw that Daryle Singletary (God rest his beautiful soul) was coming to Crowley, LA to play for the International Rice Festival. Years earlier, I had met a beautiful woman and I grew to be very close to her. She happened to also be very dear friends with Daryle. So, I gave her a call and asked her if she could link me up to meet him. She was delighted to help, and Daryle agreed to meet me backstage before the show. I showed up with my guitar strapped around my back and a demo CD of two songs that I wanted on my record. I met his entire band before the show but one person in particular was of special interest; Mr. Tom Killen. The cool thing about Daryle Singletary is that his momma used to whip him with a George Jones album, and he LOVED George Jones. So naturally, after George passed away, some of his players started playing for Daryle. Tom Killen was one of them. Tom was so kind to me. I explained to everyone that I was trying to record my album and I needed help. I needed a studio, I needed players, and I needed an engineer. I played my songs for them all on my guitar right there by Daryle’s bus. Tom said “I like your songs and I’m glad to help you… someone once helped me”. What a man. Tom and I swapped information and a few months later I was in Nashville recording my record with incredible players. I was able to rookie produce the record and I learned so much in the process. I am so grateful for the team of players I had. Thank you, Tom. Thank YOU!
And thank you so much to these wonderful players:
Tom Killen – Pedal Steel Guitar
Gage Boecker – Bass and Stand Up Bass
Johnny Lee Carpenter (Louisiana Man!) – Fiddle
Vance Moreno – Guitar
Cliff Thompson – Drums
Kent Goodson – Engineer
Kent and I did have a hard time seeing eye to eye, but we pushed through the recording process and I am forever grateful for his hard work. He taught me so much, truly.
After the recording I took the record to an incredible engineer that I had just met in Lafayette; Mr. Tony Daigle. I love Tony. We instantly connected. Tony mixed and mastered the record and did so much more. Tony has been my guide ever since. I run things by him often, and I love having his input. God has this wonderful way of putting the right people in your life for you; it seems you just have to bide your time through those that are not a fit for you for a while until you find the ones that are. Everything is worth waiting for; never settle.
Funny, I am remembering a comment Tony made to me when we were fixing songs and editing and mixing.
Oh, that’s right! I owe credit and thanks to a few other folks. There were a couple of songs that I was not able to get my production wishes across effectively. One of them was “Long Time Coming” which happens to be my favorite song on the album.
Tony and I re-recorded it with these fine players, to whom I owe a great thanks:
Tony Ardoin – Guitar
Ross Richard – Drums
The lovely and most incredible, Richard (T-Co) Comeaux – Pedal Steel Guitar
I produced and did all vocals on the record.
I wanted to fix more songs and redo many things on the record; but Tony said to me one day: “Sara, don’t spend any more money on this album. No one makes it on their first album.”
You can imagine the smile on my face when I got to call Tony and say “Hey Boss, guess what?... we made it on our first album. All the way to BBC Radio 2: 15.1 Million listeners a week”. Haha!
God is good.
Never Settle Y’all.
And NEVER. GIVE. UP.
You are worth it.
The world deserves the best of YOU.