"Girl," the title track of the album that country phenom and Highwomen member Maren Morris released today on International Women's Day, is about seeking confidence and inner strength when the prevailing, frequently sexist narrative encourages you to give up. That message dovetails neatly with the mission of the Southern Girls' Rock Camp, which has been encouraging young women and gender nonconforming folks to believe that they've got something worth saying and that they're worthy to say it since 2003.
If you imagined that putting the two of them together would produce some inspiring results, you'd be right, and that's exactly what Spotify video producers have done. Above, check out the short film by Elise Tyler, in which Morris and her bassist Annie Clements drop in on a group of current and former SGRC students and have a talk about what it's like to perform and to be involved the music business, including the frequent issue of being set aside as women in music. (Downside: you do have to have a Spotify account in order to watch it.) There are also snippets of the campers backing Morris up on "Girl" and Morris and Clements jumping in on a performance of the SGRC camp theme song.
Morris plays a long-sold-out gig at the Ryman on Wednesday, but you'll also be able to catch her at CMA Fest this summer. Meanwhile, SGRC takes place in June (a Murfreesboro session at MTSU) and July (a Nashville session at Vanderbilt), while the Nashville Ladies' Rock Camp (for women and nonbinary folks ages 18 and up) is set for April at Emma on Lea Lane. Visit the SGRC website for registration information.