Along with releasing her sophomore single and planning her first headlining show in her home area, Okemah country music up-and-comer Shawna Russell also has produced a video to go with her heartwrenching song “Shed a Tear.”
The song is about a female National Guardsman who goes off to war, leaving behind her young daughter, and it makes me cry every time I hear it.
According to her Web site, Russell was inspired to write the song while performing for troops on a 2005 USO tour in South Korea. Moved by the number of female soldiers, she talked on the plane ride back with her uncle/bassist Tim Russell about the dearth of songs about servicewomen. She and Tim Russell co-wrote the non-political song with Tim Rushlow to honor the women – the mothers, daughters and sisters – serving in the armed forces.
Along with the story line based on the video, which includes a sweet little girl, it features performance footage of Russell at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, and in Omaha, Neb.
Russell has performed the song on various occasions for groups of troops, including at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
Check out the video, courtesy Russell’s Web site, www.shawnarussell.com, and YouTube.