From American Idol to her first number one song last year, Lauren Alaina’s journey has not been an easy one. Her first record, Wildflower, was released shortly after Idol, full of songs she didn't write and songs she rarely plays out anymore, save the uptempo “Georgia Peaches.” A couple of singles were released following the record, but none were successful and Alaina fell off the map for a while. But in 2017, she re-emerged with her new record Road Less Travelled, one of 2017’s best.
Emily Hackett returns to her singer/songwriter roots on new live performance video for future album track, “Once In A While.”
The art of a simple mini-movie music video has been lost in recent years. In a world of the dance-heavy videos Beyoncé and Bruno Mars are releasing, along with the extensive and slightly confusing videos of Taylor Swift, simple music videos are rarely done and under appreciated. British singer/songwriter Megan O’Neill’s new music video for “Ghost of You” is a storytelling video at its best.
Emily Hackett beats Kelsea Ballerini at her own game of creating fun, confident pop country songs. Hackett's "Nostalgia" rivals some pop hits in catchiness, while holding onto the lyrical tradition of country music. The video is a fun, somewhat symbolic end to summer.
The opening shot of Camille Rae's music video for her song "I Need Me" is an almost uncomfortably close shot of her face. The camera slowly zooms out as her eyelids open, her eyes showing a glimpse of the immense grief of lost love explored in the video. "My videographer, Jacob Long, was the brilliant mind behind this shot," Rae said to Queens of Country in an interview. "It was so vulnerable! I did feel completely exposed and raw. It also wasn't the most flattering shot, but that didn't matter to me."
Taylor Acorn keeps serving up the hits.
Wine-ing about a breakup? Hadley Park's "Another Bottle of Wine" is the song for you. The song is off of their 2016 EP, Retrospect, and has received airplay on the Sirius XM station, The Highway. The twangy track features some clever lyrics and a bouncy, country beat that will be sure to get you out of the breakup blues.
The digital age has been a transformative time for the music industry in some bad ways, but also in some amazing ways. The internet has drastically increased the accessibility of music, which means that more than ever, great music can be found at the click of a mouse. This particular artist I found through a promoted ad on Facebook (see artists, that method really does work,) and although normally I don't click on ads, I'm glad I clicked on this one.
Singer/songwriters Lindsay Ell and Caitlyn Smith are very different artists, and have very different voices. But on The Bobby Bones Show for the St. Jude Radiothon, these two artists paired up for an unlikely, but incredible duet.
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.