WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE
Wynonna’s career has always revolved around telling stories. Whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down for a bold, honest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wynonna always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life. In short, she’s not one to shy away from speaking her mind, and that’s what makes her latest ventures in the worlds of literature and television so intriguing.
A five-time GRAMMY winner, Wynonna is also a New York Times bestselling author thanks to her candid 2005 memoir Coming Home to Myself. Now she expands into fiction with her stirring new book, Restless Heart. Drawing on her nearly 30 years experience as a country music megastar.
Of course, Wynonna’s own journey as one half of legendary duo The Judds with her mother Naomi Judd provides one of the most fascinating stories in country music history. Rising to superstardom in the early ’80s on the strength of chart toppers like “Mama’s He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade picking up multiple GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Awards and selling more than 20 million albums along the way. The duo’s initial run came to an end with a record-breaking farewell tour in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. While Wynonna went on to launch her wildly successful solo career, Naomi fully recovered from her illness and became a bestselling author, speaker and talk show host. Due to popular demand, The Judds have embarked on two highly successful tours since Naomi’s initial retirement — 2000’s Power to Change tour and their current outing, The Last Encore.
The Judds is a new docu-series on OWN granting fans unprecedented access into their unique and powerful mother/daughter relationship in addition to their relationship as performers and artistic collaborators. Cameras follow the duo as they prepare for and perform in their first tour together in 10 years, and absolutely nothing is off limits. The good, difficult and loving moments are captured on film, and viewers will come away with a complete portrait of the personal and artistic relationship between these two fascinating and dynamic women.
Wynonna didn’t precisely take an extended hiatus following the 2003 release of What The World Needs Now Is Love, but her attention did drift away from new songs. She dabbled in her past – she staged a live retrospective, embraced nostalgia on the 2006 Christmas album, sand g covers on 2009’s Sing: Chapter1, reteamed with her mother Naomi for a brief Judds reunion in the early years of the 2010s – but never looked forward until she and husband Cactus Moser formed Wynonna & The Big Noise in 2012. It took a while for the band’s eponymous debut to come out and it hit stores in February of 2016. It took a while as the resulting album feels neither fussy nor rushed: this music is well weathered, embracing its slow, steady roll and cherishing its old-fashioned contours. That’s not to say that Wynonna & The Big Noise are either unaware or uninterested in modern music. Two of the biggest rebels in Nashville have a presence here – Chris Stapleton co-wrote the opening “Ain’t No Thing” and Jason Isbell duets on “Things That I Lean ON” – but a greater indication of how assured and muscular Wynonna & The Big Noise feels are cameos by both members of Tedeschi and Trucks, both providing a big, bluesy kick whose aftershocks are felt elsewhere. Surfacing in slow, swampy vamps and soulful grooves.
Despite this embrace of blues and rebellion, much of Wynonna & The Big Noise is rooted in soul, whether it’s the down-home faith of “Jesus and a Jukebox” or sharp cover of Raphael Saadig’s “Staying in Love”. The presence of the latter suggests just how casually inclusive and sharp this this band is.
Wynonna will sing anything she damn well pleases!