Featuring Rose's new single, "Body on Fire," a sexually liberating anthem for women, this EP is already set to break some invisible boundaries that seem to always be there for women of country music. Rose experiments on this EP, as she's been doing the last couple years, but it makes a lot of sense on this project. Rose has done the almost impossible with this recording: it's experimental, different, but cohesive. Key tracks: "Body on Fire," "We'll Grow Out of It"
The Drive by Lexie Hayden
Lexie Hayden achieves a Jessica Andrews-type mix of country and pop on her debut EP, and it's very easy to listen to, just like Andrews was back in the day. From the fiddle on the opening track and the pop beats on the second, Hayden shows her versatility on this five-song project. Key tracks: "Kiss and Tell," "I Don't Mind the Drive"
Swimming Alone by Liz Rose
Songwriter Liz Rose took the plunge and released her own solo record last month. The ten-song album, Swimming Alone is country music writing at its best. Stories of childhood and growing up are woven in with universal messages about love, life, and happiness. Key tracks: "Grocery Money," "Tulsa"
Jacqueline has just been pumping out the killer tracks lately. "Hate Me" is her newest offering, and it's a heartbreaking song about leaving a relationship and trying to make it a clean break. On "Reasons," Jacqueline showed off her talent for pop music, and on this song, she proves that she's a country music writer through and through.
"Just For the Record" by Lucie Silvas
Silvas's raspy vocals mark her as one of the best vocalists in Nashville, with her songs showing her voice off beautifully. This song is no exception. Another breakup song, like Jacqueline's, this is a track about a love that ended badly. But Silvas takes the time to set the record straight: no matter what he's saying, she loved him.
"Better Be Home Soon" by Ward Thomas
Off of their brand new covers EP, Ward Thomas tackled a classic Crowded House tune, "Better Be Home Soon." Like every song on the EP, the women manage to turn a popular song into a song that sounds completely new and completely Ward Thomas. It's incredible, and worth a listen.