Morgan Dawson recently released her debut EP, titled This Ain't War. The EP contains 5 songs, ranging from uptempo rockers like the closer "Rebel Child," to empowering songs like "Walking Through the Fire" and of course, some good ol' country ballads. "Lyin'" is one of those, and it is also the best song on the EP. Morgan took the time to answer some questions about the inspiration and making of this incredible song.
We're 3 weeks from the 50th CMA Awards, and I'm excited. Here are my predictions for the historic night!
Country music used to be a genre for older people, but today, it's a genre for young people as well. As the lyrical content began to change to being more teen-friendly most notably with Taylor Swift in 2006, the genre has been exposed to a whole new generation. Today, those young girls who became hooked onto country music when it first began more youth-friendly are now all grown up, and are beginning to make youth-friendly country music of their own.
Anna Vaus recently made headlines when she was named the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert 'Women Creaters' Scholarship. Vaus is a songwriting student at Belmont University, and she's a worthy recipient of the scholarship, as shown by this week's spotlight song on Soundcloud.
Vince Gill has the best taste. He's been a champion for women of country music, writing on and producing Ashley Monroe's records and now joining Logan Brill on the Opry stage.
Brooke Eden just released a new EP, titled Welcome to the Weekend. The songs cover all the different parts of the weekend, beginning on a Friday night with "Diamonds" and ending on "Sunday Mornin'". The EP is cleverly set up, and for the most part well done.
2016 seems like it's been the year of the songwriter, with many prominent songwriters in Nashville finally releasing music under their own name. Alyssa Bonagura is the most recent addition to the list. She completely wrote and co-wrote her record. It was recorded live at Petti Sound in Nashville, and was co-produced by Bonagura and Mark Petaccia. She also plays on the album, with the songs featuring her on acoustic guitar, piano, ukelele, and 5 other instruments.
For someone whose live show is considered one of the best in Nashville, it makes sense that Lindsay Ell has begun releasing songs that would be incredibly fun in a live setting. Ell is quickly developing her signature sound, veering away from her old, rock influenced sound, and now incorporating pop sounds into her country songs. This song and her last single release "By The Way" are both songs that are built for a live show.
If you loved British country duo Ward Thomas for their traditional country sound, you may be disappointed with their new record. On their debut, From Where We Stand, the duo told their stories in a delightfully country way. It was one of the most traditional mainstream country records of 2014, and gained Ward Thomas many fans. While hints of that old sound show up here and there on their sophomore effort, Cartwheels is more pop-country than anything Ward Thomas has done before.
It's been over two years since Daisy Mallory put out her last project. This Side of Town, her latest EP, was an almost flawless EP, highlighting Mallory's smooth vocals and strong songwriting, and varying in sound from song to song, showing Mallory's versatility as an artist. Mallory, does however continue to post demos of the songs she's been writing on SoundCloud, but it's been a minute since she's posted something there as well. But now Mallory is back on SoundCloud, and recently posted an acoustic track titled "Okay."
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