On the day of the Delta Airlines shutdown last year, singer/songwriter Nora Collins was supposed to be boarding a flight to Nashville to shoot a video for her song "Guess I Woulda Known By Now." One canceled flight and one delayed flight later, and five hours after the shoot was supposed to start, Collins landed in Music City. "It was kind of a stressful day," Collins said over the phone recently. "It is a personal song, so trying to perform that was kind of hard and scary to let those feelings come through, but everybody was wonderful and made me feel very comfortable." The result is a beautiful black and white performance video (watch below) to accompany a track that is one that you should definitely take three minutes to listen to.
As everybody in Nashville is currently obsessing over Carly Pearce, I thought it would be fitting to throw it back to a song that Pearce wrote and recorded a few years ago.
If you ask any artist or country fan why they listen to country music, usually they'll say because of the lyrics. They love country music because it tells real-life stories. On country radio, it's often difficult to find stories of real life. It's easy to hear stories of flirtations and of trucks, but story songs haven't necessarily been radio-friendly in recent years. But country music still is and always will be about real life. Kelleigh Bannen's new single "Church Clothes" is a country song at its best.
Kalie Shorr had a monster 2016. Her single "Fight Like A Girl" became the second best selling debut single by a female artist that year, she was named a Highway Find, and she played shows across the country. When naming artists that are on the rise, it's hard to forget Kalie Shorr. A songwriter with writerslist and an unsigned artist, Shorr's new EP is representative of that meteoric rise in 2016, and of the new music she's been writing. Featuring her first two singles, "Fight Like A Girl" and "He's Just Not That Into You," Slingshot is a must-listen.
This is a rough worktape. Mickey Guyton didn't even know it was being recorded, proved by her adorable, "Are you recording? Oh sh*t!" at the end of the track. There's background noise, and both busbee and Guyton don't completely know the words or the melody. Even with all of those factors making this not the best recording ever, this tiny song buried in SoundCloud is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time.
If you don't know songwriter Lori McKenna, get out from under the rock you've been living under. Winning Country Song of the Year at the Grammys two years in a row, and writing some of the best songs in the genre, McKenna is not a songwriter to be overlooked. McKenna is an incredible singer in her own right, but here are three artists that took the words that McKenna wrote and transformed them into something new and beautiful.
"This album is basically my heart on a platter," country singer and songwriter Camille Rae said about her second full-length record, Come Find Me. And listening to it, it's easy to hear it. Be on the lookout for this fabulous record, out March 17. Camille took the time to answer some of my questions about her brand new album, so to learn a little bit about her thoughts on the album as a whole and a look into some specific tracks, continue reading!
Over the years, YouTube has become the home to unreleased songs by various artists. Some new additions to that collection of rare cuts are the unreleased songs of Kelsea Ballerini. Today's find is "Teach Me," a song that is baby Ballerini at her best.
How is March already here? The second month of 2017 was a great month of music, with many artists releasing new album/singles, and a good amount of artists redeeming themselves from previous efforts. Here are three albums & three singles, and some great songs by male country singers that you should be listening to now!
On Nikita Karmen's debut EP, she succeeds in bringing a completely unique perspective into country music. Australian-born, this singer/songwriter writes with a sincerity and wit that is often hard to find in American country singers, but is found in Nikita Karmen's music. The first new offering after Karmen's debut single, "Out of the Park," Nikita Karmen is a pleasure to listen to. Continue reading for a track-by-track review of Karmen's new project.