Elizabeth Elkins

Elizabeth Elkins

Title: Songwriter
Genres: Country, Rock, Pop, Americana
Status: Taking submissions
Song limit per member: Unlimited
Bio: Elizabeth Elkins is a professional songwriter who has written for BMG Nashville and EMI. She has a Top 30 Billboard Country… read more

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song: Tell Mama
artist: Hank Thomas

genre: Country - Americana
stats: playlists: 5 | song plays: 4
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Country

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Tell Mama

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Dwight Yoakum, Roy Orbison

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Feelings - Loneliness

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Sad - Heartbreaking

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
3/5

Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
3/5

Quality of the Chorus
3/5

Quality of the Breaks
3/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
3/5

Quality of the Melody
3/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
3/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
3/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
3/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
3/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
3/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
3/5

Quality of Guitar
4/5

Quality of Bass
4/5

Quality of Percussion
3/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
3/5

Quality of Vocal
3/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
3/5

Quality of Mix
3/5

Originality of Song
4/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
4/5

General Comments

I love a history / military song that works on all levels. On first lesson, I didn't realize this was a song from a soldier's perspective. It felt very universal, like a love gone wrong where a man feels the need to disappear. The lyric is really strong and sings great. My main concern is that the production feels a little "predictable" and the Spanish flamenco guitar is a little out of place with the lyric and rest of the vibe, unless you intend this for a Texas country artist. That may be your best bet pitch wise, is somebody like Aaron Watson. It's got that Mexican-California vibe which might alienate Nashville pitches. Overall, I do love your melody, and it's sung in a low-key emotive manner that is a perfect match for the darkness of the song. I encourage you to look to Texas artists for pitches, as well as explore film/tv sync opportunities for this one. I enjoyed listening each time, and believe others will as well. Vocals could sit a little better in the mix (turn down the lead guitar parts some), but otherwise all good as far as the recording.


Quote From Pro:

Echoes of Dwight Yoakum and Roy Orbison fill this heartbreaking number about a wounded soldier's isolation and death. Sung with a desperation that sounds almost like a tear, this song borders on a The Mavericks-style country replete with baritone guitar and Spanish inflection.


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