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.
This blog launched in January of 2015, two years ago. At that point, Kelsea Ballerini had not had her first No. 1, Maren Morris was still a little known songwriter, and Cam was preparing to send "My Mistake" to radio, not even considering releasing "Burning House." The topic of 'women of country music' was limited to Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, and only occasionally Kacey Musgraves. It was not a thing. Mainstream country music was male dominated.
Now, things are looking up. But yes, this site it going to continue to be called 'Queens of Country' and focus on women of country music. Because that's what I love. Not to say I don't love country music released by men, I do. But there's this community that has formed of fans who are wanting, needing to hear more women sing country music. I love that community, and I want to help it continue to grow.
And if that makes me sexist, so be it. But this site always has and always will support women of country music. Queens of Country is not going anywhere.
To close out this very positive post, here are some releases by some badass women coming at you this year!
January 6: Carly Burruss, Carly Burruss
January 13: Natalie Hemby, Puxico; Jeannie Seely, Written in Song; The McClymonts, Endless
January 27: Lauren Alaina, Road Less Traveled
February 3: Reba McEntire, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope
February 10: Sarah Darling, Dream Country
February 17: Nikki Lane, Highway Queen
March 10: Sunny Sweeney, The Trophy
June 30: RaeLynn, Wildhorse
Confirmed albums, no date:
Alison Krauss, Windy City
Speculated or hinted at:
Kelsea Ballerini, no title announced
Danielle Bradbery, no title announced
Cassadee Pope, completion of Summer
Kalie Shorr, no title announced
Caitlyn Smith, completion of Starfire
Lena Stone, no title announced
Margo Price, no title announced
Kacey Musgraves, no title announced