Lest there be any question that the collaboration between Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson would be country-fried, opening track "Summer Sun" hits the listener mid-twang. Both off of career-to-date best albums in Crutchfield's Saint Cloud and Williamson's Sorceress, the Plains project serves as more of a showcase of their individual talents than a full time gig. That being said, Crutchfield brought Saint Cloud producer Brad Cook to the party along with his brother Phil.
Texas in the rearview, Plains in my heart
Plains is a duo comprised of Katie Crutchfield (best known by her stage moniker Waxahatchee) and Jess Williamson. As their one-off collaborative work, I Walked With You A Ways adopts a low-key approach, with the album artwork's display of the two women sitting next to a road against a classic Western backdrop setting the stage for an album steeped in traditional country stylings. The album (mostly) lacks the catchiness of Saint Cloud or the pillowy dreaminess of Sorceress, instead leaning on mellow and easy-going vibes.