“Why Did You Hurt Me?”, the latest single by The DOVES, arrives like an echo of a WLS AM broadcast from the golden age of radio. Trena Stooksberry’s soulful vocal evokes those of Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, and Patsy Cline; while Wade’s guitars provide counterpoint, and a reverb-soaked lead. All supported by the sturdy foundation of Joey Stuckey’s broad-shouldered bass line; with Tim Alexander on drums.
This one is aimed straight at the heart.
Visit The DOVES website for more music and vids:
W. Wade and Trena Stooksberry (The DOVES) : guitars and vocal
Joey Stuckey: bass, recording, engineering
Tim Alexander: drums
Joe Turner: camera for The DOVES performance vid (filmed at Epic AudioRecording Studio — EARS); video advice and expertise
“Why Did You Hurt Me” recorded at Shadow Sound Studios, Macon, GA.
“Why Did You Hurt Me?” adds a piquant twist to the The DOVES growing catalog (vids and downloads available through our website, here):
The “musical smorgasbord” of their 6-song EP, “Day (One)” which ranges from acoustic lament (“Dirty Words”), to guitar-driven New Wave (“Day”), to electronic synth (“Some More Than Others”), to glorious chorale (“Out of the Wood”), to “grunge meets Latin in Motown” ("Angeline"), to soulful blues (“Everybody’s Happy But Me”) –
their follow-up “double-sided single” of catchy pop-rock, “Wild and Strange/Shut My Mouth” –
and their most recent offerings, “Mirage” (a galloping reflection on the boundaries of reality: is our world really a “Mirage”?)
and “The Fine Line” (the pathos involved with choosing to “walk the line”, a la Johnny Cash – or not to).
The DOVES express an effortless shifting of musical genres that confirm what Dan Herman of Radio Crystal Blue remarked on the “Novus Ordo” broadcast of 12/07/14: “they have something unique up their sleeve…”
From The DOVES blog entry for the single release of “Why Did You Hurt Me?” (06/24/15)
Trena and I made the announcement of the song’s release last week on this site and on facebook. By the way, the song is one of Trena’s; and I should probably point out that it is neither directed to, nor about, yours truly. The release of new material is always a joyful event in the life of an artist; representing the culmination and fruition of a lot of effort, of which the initial moment of inspiration is just the beginning. The song has been getting a good reception. One of our close friends, whose opinion we trust and admire, said “Trena was made to sing that song.”
It is a song that, we believe, expresses a pretty universal feeling. Almost all of us have, at some time and in some way, had occasion to think or say “hey man – why you treatin’ me like that? What’d I do to you to make you treat me that way?”
Because it seems that it is part of living in this world that sometimes, despite our best efforts and intentions – and sometimes deliberately, because of our worst – we wind up hurting each other. It just seems that no matter what, there will be times when, either idiomatically or literally, the swinging of one person’s fist will coincide with the position of another person’s nose...