If you pay attention to country music, you know Maren Morris. The country songwriter burst onto the scene last year with her Grammy nominated record Hero, and has since then had success critically and commercially. But if you pay attention to country music, you may not know newcomer Jillian Cardarelli, an aspiring artist and songwriter from Massachusetts. But these two artists have something in common: they both played a part in the release of this song, "Rerun."
"I grew up my father's daughter / he said don't take no shit from no one" is the first line of newcomer Jade Jackson's record Gilded. It's a bold and defining statement that concisely describes the Anti Records artist's debut album. This album is a musical storybook, each song telling a specific story, all connecting to the overarching theme of being strong in the face of adversity and learning how to love. From start to finish, Gilded is full of hope, loss and self-discovery.
From the four year long wait between Danielle Bradbery's first record and even hints of a second record, to Cassadee Pope being dropped from Big Machine, right now is not a great time for female records in country music. But, here are some albums expected to come out at some point that country music needs now. Right now.
When pop culture and country music meet, you get Emily Reid's "Jennifer Aniston."
New country artist Catie Offerman may have just written one of the most interesting cheating songs of the last couple years.
A little later than usual, but here is your June music roundup, featuring the best music by women of country that I've been listening to over the last month. There were very few records released last month, so this roundup is exclusively songs.
2016 was a year of great achievement for Canadian singer/songwriter Madeline Merlo. She released her debut album Free Soul, scored her first Top 10 single with "Whatcha Wanna Do About It" and much more. She took the time to chat with Queens of Country about her debut record, new music, and summer plans.
This is the first song since Kelleigh Bannen's "Church Clothes" that has completely stopped me in my tracks. Ashley McBryde was recently named a Highway Find with her song "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," and is working on her full length debut album with Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town.) But on June 16, she released one of the best songs that has been released so far this year, "Girl Goin' Nowhere."
A little bit more than halfway through the year, and the women of country music are already putting out some of the best music I've heard in a while. Even though this is a list of strictly female artists, I firmly believe that even if the men were included, these are still five of the best records released this year. In no particular order, here we go.
As Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell gears up to perform at Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 9, she took the time to answer some questions about her newest songs and plans for the upcoming months.