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 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.
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.
Welcome to Year 3 of Queens of Country.
I can't believe that two years have already passed, and we're about to embark on the third year of supporting women of country music. Tomorrow, you'll see the list of the Women to Watch 2017, ten women who are likely to kill it in 2017. But today, here's a quick note about something that's been circling the country music community lately.
My favorite part of writing about country music is getting to listen to the mass of music that is out there, but then finding those great records that make listening to hundreds of Taylor Swift wannabes worth it. These 20 albums and EPs from 2016 are in my opinion, some of the best listens of the year. From soul country, to pop-country to traditional records, this list covers the best records from all forms of country, released by women who are killing it right now.
*Note: some of these records were released towards the tail-end of 2015, and therefore were not eligible for last years categories, so they were included this year.
A record is a full story, but a song is a snippet of a life, of a relationship, of a feeling. The best songs are able to focus in on that specific thing, but also mold it into a song that will resonate with people across the globe. From Kalie Shorr to Miranda Lambert, here are the ten best songs of 2016.
Some of the world's most talented artists aren't the ones you'll find on your radio. Music is everywhere, and for those artists that don't have record deals, or aren't a household name yet, SoundCloud is a great way for artists to share their music, and for people to listen. Here are the best of the year's unofficially released songs by women in country music.
As 2017 comes closer and closer, it's time to start reflecting on the best songs of this year. Within the next week, the Best of 2016 lists will begin to go up, so this is the last regular post of 2016. It's been a great year music-wise, (that might be all we can say that was good about 2016), and these are the last couple songs that I recommend you listen to before the new year starts up.
If you read this blog, or even know the title, you know we don't normally cover pop music. But for this artist, I decided to make an exception. Imagine the lyrics and acoustic-based sound of Gabrielle Aplin, with the soul of Adele and the attitude of Miranda Lambert. That's Taylor Noelle. Noelle is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville, and she's also got this really interesting pop-soul sound that I believe everyone should hear, including country music fans.
We're 3 weeks from the 50th CMA Awards, and I'm excited. Here are my predictions for the historic night!