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John Oates Announces New Album

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Oates has teamed with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. Scheduled for release on February 2, the project is his first for Thirty Tigers.  Arkansas is available for advance order through e-retailers and a Pledge Music campaign including autographed vinyl, limited edition exclusives, hats, shirts, and more.

The project originally began as a tribute to Oates’ idol, Mississippi John Hurt. During a series of Nashville recording sessions, it evolved organically to become a unique collection drawing from a wide range of Oates’ musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, John says, “It’s like Dixieland, dipped in bluegrass, and salted with Delta blues.”

The album was recorded at Addiction Studios in Nashville and produced by Oates and David Kalmusky who also engineered and mixed it. The sonic glue that cements the project is “The Good Road Band”. The impressive lineup consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion.

With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Fresh interpretations include the Emmett Miller classic “Anytime” from 1924 as well as the Jimmie Rodgers tune, “Miss the Mississippi and You,” from 1932. Reimagined traditional Delta, country blues and ragtime selections salute legendary artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake.

Two new original songs by Oates blend seamlessly with the traditional roots material, as well as John’s deep catalog of Hall and Oates hits. Taken together, Oates’ music becomes a retrospective of American popular song.

ABOUT JOHN OATES

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has recorded six solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert Another Good Road. His seventh project, Arkansas, will be released by Thirty Tigers in February..

Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, Oates was honored as a BMI Icon in 2008. In 2016, Hall & Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame. In addition to his solo shows, Oates continues to tour with Daryl Hall, playing sold-out concerts around the world. St. Martin’s Press released the hardcover of Oates’ memoir, Change of Seasons, in March 2017; the paperback will be released in 2018. Oates resides in Nashville.

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Album Review: Daphne Willis | FREAKS LIKE ME

Daphne Willis; Dopamine; Pop Artist; Nashville; Songwriter; NAMI; Mental Health; PTSD; Somebody’s Someone

Daphne Willis is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the pop space with her album, Freaks Like Me. Throughout the album, Daphne takes us on a trip of different stories that motivate listeners to climb out of dark areas in their life, remember that  they are cared about, and to keep going no matter how bad the ups and downs are in life. As a whole, Daphne describes this project as the most exhilarating & vulnerable work that she has ever created. Musically speaking, Daphne mixes numerous different sounds and instruments that make the music appealing to a wide range of people.

From the big band and symphonic elements to the guitar strums, you never know what sound you’ll get on the next track. A few stand outs include, “Out of the Black”, “Keep on Keepin’ On” and her viral single “Somebody’s Someone”.

“Out of the Black” is a prideful hit about overcoming the shadows of depression and enjoying all that life has to offer–without medication. It’s a great anthem for anyone that has had struggles with mental illness.

“Keep on Keepin’ On” is an upbeat, energetic tune infused with some great brass instrumentals that are complemented by Daphne’s thoughtful, poetic lyrics. It’s a celebratory song about persevering through difficult times and the strength drawn from the people around you.

“Somebody’s Someone” is a slower, heartfelt melody encouraging listeners to know that they’re loved and valued–it’s probably the one that has resonated the most with her listeners.

Overall, Freaks Like Me is a unique journey through the last few years of Daphne’s life, that anyone can connect with. It’s incredibly honest and raw, with Daphne pouring her heart out in the lyrics and melodies. Daphne shows incredible promise and proves why she is certainly one to watch in the pop music genre.

Listen to the album here.

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Kelsea Ballerini Releases Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album Unapologetically – AVAILABLE NOW

The wait is finally over, as Grammy-nominated hitmaker Kelsea Ballerini releases her latest album Unapologetically. The project serves as the CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” nominee’s sophomore release, and the follow-up to the Gold-certified debut, The First Time, which also produced multiple Platinum-certified hits.  After just 9 minutes, the official release the album hit No.1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart and is No. 3 on the All Genre Albums chart.

 

“Legends,” the lead single from Unapologetically, has continued to turn heads while currently racing up the charts. The track immediately charged its way into the Top 15 on the iTunes All-Genre Songs chart within 12 hours of its release. Additionally, her empowering anthem “Miss Me More” stormed its way to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart upon its release two weeks ago. Ballerini shared one of her favorite fan-made videos showing off their fierce sides lip-syncing the song on her Instagram.

 

Ballerini is also returning to her roots, with a very special show this past weekend in her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. The singer/songwriter performed a full set at her high school, Central High, this past weekend. The show was highly centered around the encore song, “High School,” which is featured on Unapologetically. The reflective ballad was penned solely by Ballerini, inspired by her experiences at Central High.  The emotional night concluded with the “Peter Pan” singer donating $20,000 to the school for future music programs. In an Instagram post, she called this, “the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever been able to do.”

 

The talented songstress kicked off her album release week by announcing “The Unapologetically Tour,” which will begin next year. The must-see spectacle kicks off Feb. 8 in Birmingham, Ala. where fans will be treated to a unique set list packed with some of the country singer’s biggest hits like the upbeat “Love Me Like You Mean It” and the heartbreaking “Peter Pan” along with new songs from Unapologetically.

 

The album buzz has reached new heights, with recent features in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Paste Magazine and many more. Ballerini has also kicked her promotional efforts into high gear, making recent appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon while also gracing the cover of Parade Magazine in October. The country starlet will appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight at 11:35pm ET (check local listings) and on the Nov. 8 edition of Good Morning America. CBS also recently announced that Ballerini will be the headliner for The Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing Nov. 23.

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Album Review: Kelsea Ballerini | UNAPOLOGETICALLY

Picking up right where THE FIRST TIME left off, Kelsea Ballerini brings us her sophomore album, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, releasing Friday, November 3rd.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years, you have no doubt witnessed the skyrocketing rise of Kelsea Ballerini in country music; everything from multiple #1 hits from her first release to her first headlining tour to CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY nominations.

Ballerini is a vibrant, sparkling star that has helped new female artists bust those doors open at country radio, which has been difficult for female artists to break through and get airplay in during recent years.  She is the first new female artist in years to achieve a #1 hit song, much less multiple #1 songs, off her debut album on Black River Entertainment.

This album covers the last two and a half years of my life in the order of how it happened. I released The First Time when I was 21. I was so new, and I was so excited to just be able to go out on radio tour and play shows. The things that I was going through in my personal life at the time I didn’t share; I wrote about them instead. So, this is the first time that I’m able to actually talk about my life and the amazing things that have happened – and the not so amazing things that have happened – over the last few years. I feel like being able to lay it all out as it happened, in order, honestly feels so liberating and freeing. Being able to sing that truth every night is going to be a such a big gift.

This album is no sophomore slump, as so many in the past have experienced.  As much as I loved THE FIRST TIME and wore it out in my car’s cd player, this album shows such growth and beautiful lyrical imagery from Ballerini that it has become my new favorite.

It is extremely-difficult for me to pick a favorite off of this 12-track release because I find something that I love in each and every song, but here goes:

“Graveyard” holds the strongest of lyrical imagery and this mid-tempo tune is probably my favorite as she sings of lost love that hurt her and not wanting to be “another heart in your graveyard”.

“Roses” is a mid-tempo tune that has that feel of exuberance as she looks back at how good a love once was with fond memories, but her heart has now healed and she is finally at a place in life where ready to move on.”

“End Of The World” will tug at your heartstrings as Ballerini sings of how she “thought the stars had lost their shine”.

“Unapologetically” brings Ballerini full circle as she sings of being “unapologetically in love” and how “it doesn’t phase me when they call me crazy”.  She is obviously singing about the love she has found in fiance, Morgan Evans, who is signed to Warner Music Nashville.

There is so very much to love about this album.  Ballerini shares her heart and her truth on this release as she brings you on her personal journey of heartbreak, personal growth, discovery of who she is, who she wants to be, and is living her life “unapologetically” out loud.  It is beautiful and a must-have for your music collection.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION Is Part of Stadium Trip Around The Sun

Having spent the better part of the year culling, mixing and mastering Live in No Shoes Nation, Kenny Chesney created what he believes to be the ultimate love letter to the people who’ve come out year after year, summer after summer. Believing that his songs, especially the hits, only truly find their ultimate form after being shared with the world, Live in No Shoes Nation serves to capture the passion, the intensity and the spirit of No Shoes Nation at large.

“The more I listened, the more I realized: they have no idea how good they sound – or how much they give these songs new shapes,” Chesney says. “The last thing I thought I’d be doing for my next record was a live album, but the way No Shoes Nation sounds, it seemed like – once I really started digging in – the only thing to do.”

Further heightening that connection between the live experience and the people who make the noise, Chesney wanted to find a way to close the circle. Anyone buying a ticket to this year’s Trip Around the Sun 2018 stadium shows can receive a physical copy of Live in No Shoes Nation as part of each ticket purchased.

“It just seems like the right thing to do,” Chesney offers. “For all the people who’ve been part of making these tours so successful every single summer, let’s make it as easy as possible to put the music in their hands. We’re all moving so fast, with too many places we have to be. This way, if you want to hear something like ‘One Step Up’ from the Stone Pony, or something that goes all the way back to 2007 with Dave Matthews and I having an end-of-tour moment singing ‘Space Cowboy’ and ‘Three Little Birds,’ or the night in Boston when we sang ‘Happy on the Hey Now’ for a friend from the islands, it’s all here!”

“And as much as downloading is so convenient, there is nothing like putting a CD in your car – and just driving and sinking into the music. Maybe I’m the only person who still does that, but I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve spent during the making of this record doing just that. It does sound different, so I figured: make it part of how we get into Trip Around the Sun.”

From the beach at Perdido Key, on the Florida/Alabama line to Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Lambeau Field…from Tampa, Kansas City, or Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Foxboro, Massachusetts, Live in No Shoes Nation measures the fun, the friends, the soul and the songs that have come to define coming-of-age in the flyover this century as they’ve been lived, sung and cheered to since the only Country Artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years found himself a true stadium headliner.

“This is about music, about getting pumped up for next summer’s stadium shows,” Chesney says of the CD that fans can receive with every ticket. “Music is meant to be lived and loved and turned up. I wanna think we got that right here, and that everyone coming to the shows thinks they sound as good on these tracks as I do.”

Kenny Chesney Trip Around the Sun 2018 Tour Stadium Shows Presented by Blue Chair Bay
with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay

April 21                      Raymond James Stadium                                Tampa, FL

April 28                      Miller Park                                                      Milwaukee, WI

May 5                         US Bank Stadium                                            Minneapolis, MN

May 19                       AT&T Stadium                                               Dallas, TX

May 26                       Mercedes-Benz Stadium                                 Atlanta, GA

June 2                          Heinz Field                                                     Pittsburgh, PA

June 9                          Lincoln Financial Field                                    Philadelphia, PA

June 16                        Mapfre Stadium                                              Columbus, OH

June 23                        Chase Field                                                     Phoenix, AZ

June 30                        Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium            Denver, CO

July 7                          Centurylink Field                                            Seattle, WA.

July 14                        Arrowhead Stadium                                        Kansas City, MO

July 21                        Busch Stadium                                                Saint Louis, MO

July 28                        Soldier Field                                                   Chicago, IL

August 4                     Ford Field                                                       Detroit, MI

August 11                   Nissan Stadium                                               Nashville, TN

August 18                   MetLife Stadium                                             East Rutherford, NJ

August 24                   Gillette Stadium                                              Foxboro, MA

(Gillette show will have Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne + Brandon Lay)

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Kelsea Ballerini UNAPOLOGETICALLY Packs Album Release Week With Blockbuster Media Hits

With time ticking until Black River Entertainment recording artist KELSEA BALLERINI’s long-awaited sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY drops on November 3, the Country star is stacking high-profile television appearances on top of major magazine looks ahead of the much-anticipated launch.

Ballerini will make her debut on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on release night (11/3) in New York City, followed by a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America (11/8) after announcing her album on the prized morning talk show this summer. The performance will air live from Nashville ahead of the 51st annual CMA Awards that night, where Ballerini is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Fueled by big November features in Elle Magazine, Health Magazine, and Shape Magazine, even Gayle King, Editor at Large of O, The Oprah Magazine, is praising, “Take a bow, Kelsea!” Adding, “And when the newly engaged performer sings I’m unapologetically in love and that’s unapologetically enough, I think What a great approach to life. Who knew her new music would give me a new mantra?”

Next Saturday (10/28), Ballerini will return to high school as a GRAMMY nominee to perform songs from UNAPOLOGETICALLY on the same stage she once stood as a student performing an original song for the first time. In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development as part of their Snapchat Concert Series and ongoing “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” brand campaign, the free show is being hosted at her alma mater, Central High School in Knoxville, TN. Tickets are available by following “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

UNAPOLOGETICALLY is available for preorder, with “Legends,” “Unapologetically,” “High School,” and now “Miss Me More” – which rocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Songs chart upon release – instantly available for download. Ballerini is also featured on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with “Children Go Where I Send You” – now available for preorder – from Sony Pictures Animation’s animated motion picture The Star in theaters November 17.

For more information on UNAPOLOGETICALLY visit KelseaBallerini.com, and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Photo credit: Sarah Barlow

About Kelsea Ballerini:
Named among the “30 Biggest Albums of Fall” by Entertainment Weekly, GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini has released her first heart-melting anthemic single “Legends” off her highly anticipated sophomore album, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, slated to drop November 3. The Black River Entertainment artist skyrocketed to stardom after releasing three consecutive PLATINUM-certified, #1 smashes from her critically acclaimed, GOLD debut album THE FIRST TIME – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Peter Pan,” and “Dibs” – making her the only female artist in Country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. The talented singer-songwriter also reached GOLD with Top 5 hit “Yeah Boy,” after having written or co-written all 12 songs on her debut. Ballerini has appeared on the cover of Billboard Magazine’s GRAMMY preview issue, was included in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” class of 2017, and featured in People Magazine’s “Beauty at Every Age” list in their iconic World’s Most Beautiful issue for 2017. She’s been named “The Country Sweetheart” in People’s elite “Ones to Watch” portfolio, praised by Rolling Stone as the “Nashville It Girl,” touted by Billboard as “Country’s Next Queen,” and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. After her 2016 headline THE FIRST TIME TOUR – which visited dozens of cities across the U.S. and included sold-out shows in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City; Los Angeles; and more – Ballerini joined Thomas Rhett for his HOME TEAM TOUR followed by Lady Antebellum’s YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR. Awarded Billboard’s “Rising Star” title at the prestigious 2015 Women in Music event, she has continued to gain recognition by scoring her first-ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, multiple Radio Disney Music Awards, American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year, ACM Honors’ Gene Weed Milestone Award and acknowledged as Artist of the Year by Nashville Business Journal. Ballerini is vying for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 51st annual CMA Awards airing live from Nashville on November 8 on ABC. She will also be honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards (11/6).

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Album Review: Tyminski | ‘Southern Gothic’

He was the deep, bluegrassy singing voice of George Clooney’s character in ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’, a GRAMMY winner, and member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

The new album, ‘Southern Gothic’ from Universal Nashville’s newest addition to their tremendous roster, Tyminski, is quite special. The first time I heard it, it gave me chills and I could not get the music out of my head.  It’s actually kind of indescribable. You can’t fit this one in the genre box. It’s swampy, haunting, cathartic, reflective, a little country, Americana, indie rock even…it’s magnificent and my favorite album to come out in a long time.

Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Grab a glass of wine or whiskey might be a little more appropriate for this one, turn up the volume, and be prepared to feel transported down to the deep southern cities of Savannah and New Orleans through the lyrical imagery of this musical masterpiece.  Imagine cities where Spanish moss hangs low from trees near over 100-year old southern mansions like the Garden District of New Orleans, and around every street corner you know there is some history, often a slightly sorted history that will intrigue you.  It’s just a vibe in both cities that is both unmistakable and indescribable, which is how I would describe this new album from Tyminski.

Better yet, grab a copy of this album, pack your bag, pop it in your car’s cd player, and take a weekend trip yourself down to these beautiful southern cities to see what I mean.  It’s the perfect soundtrack to accompany you along the way, if you decide to live it up and explore what I think inspired this album or at least what I imagine inspired it.

Watch this mesmerizing new video of the title track, “Southern Gothic”, my favorite off the album, by clicking HERE.  You’ll want to watch it over & over like me.

You’re going to love this one.  Buy it today!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

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Chris Young Is “Losing Sleep” During A Busy Album Launch Week

“Losing Sleep” is more than just the title of Chris Young’s latest hit single and upcoming tour – it’s also the Grammy® nominated vocalist’s motto over the next week as his seventh studio album, appropriately titled Losing Sleep, releases in mere hours at http://smarturl.it/losingsleepalbum. After taking the stage in Columbus, OH tonight, the newest and youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry will treat fans to a special Facebook Live event at approximately 12am eastern!

Following concert appearances in Louisville, KY and Greenville, SC with Jason Aldean on his “They Don’t Know Tour,” Chris will head west to Los Angeles, CA. Catch Chris Young on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage Tuesday, October 24 at 11:35pm eastern/10:35pm central on ABC. Earlier that evening he’ll make a guest appearance on NFL Network’s Fantasy Live, airing at 5pm eastern.

In tandem with the release of Losing Sleep, Chris Young and Sony Music Nashville, in partnership with Clearwater Beach and Visit Florida, are giving fans a chance to appear in an upcoming music video with the hitmaker. The multi-tiered sweepstakes will run across 30 major market radio stations and syndicated shows in the U.S. and Canada, as well as TV commercials in select markets. Contest winners will receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Clearwater Beach, Florida where they’ll stay at the brand-new Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, take part in the filming of the music video and have exclusive access to a concert with Chris at the resort!

In addition to the brand new album, tickets for “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour” with special guests Kane Brown and LANCO are available starting tomorrow at 10am local time at ChrisYoungCountry.com.

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Jerrod Niemann Releases New Album, ‘This Ride’; Celebrates At Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway

Jerrod Niemann just released his fourth studio album and first on Curb Records after signing his new deal with them entitled, ‘This Ride’, on October 6th.

This release is his most adventurous yet with a strong indie rock influence throughout.  He’s taking chances and doing his own thing, which works well for him and something he is known for.  I don’t think those fans yearning for a traditional country sound will really appreciate this newest album due to the heavy influence of indie rock infused with contemporary country.  However, for fans looking for good music that is well-written and looking for an escape from the everyday reality of life, it will be right up their alley.

Be sure to buy it! It’s available everywhere that music is sold.

I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to hear the new album in advance of the release at the album launch celebration that was held at Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway in Nashville just prior to the album dropping on October 6th.

It was the perfect setting to host the celebration that included all of the songwriters that he collaborated with on this album, label, team, friends, and media.  This upscale bar/restaurant is new to Nashville with a drink menu and rustic-chic decor inspired by the renowned writer, Ernest Hemingway.  I particularly enjoyed the Steve McQueen and the daiquiri.

I found the food to be incredibly-tasty and adventurous.  My personal favorite food they served were the brussels sprouts that were savory and oh-so-flavorful.  I helped myself to 2 servings of it.  Seriously, you must give them a try!

It’s nestled in an industrial area off the normal beaten track near downtown Nashville.  With the way Nashville is growing, I have no doubt more businesses will be popping up in the same area.

Located at 438 Houston Street in Nashville.  Be sure to check it out if looking for something a bit different and an escape just like Jerrod Niemann’s new album, ‘This Ride’.  Both will be well-worth your time.

‘This Ride’ track listing & songwriters:

  1. “Zero to Crazy” (Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano, Shane McAnally)
  2. “But I Do” (Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, Jon Nite)
  3. “Leavin’ a Trail” (Corey Crowder, Luke Dick, Cole Taylor)
  4. “I Got This” (Rodney Clawson, Josh Osborne, Luke Dick)
  5. “Out Of My Heart” (Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano)
  6. “A Little More Love” with Lee Brice (Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kristi Neumann)
  7. “God Made a Woman” (Michael Ray, Joel Shewmake, Jeff Hyde)
  8. “Whiskey Waitin’ On Ice” (Jerrod Niemann, Lance Miller, Rob Hatch, Brandon Hood)
  9. “Feelin’” (Jeremy Stover, Chris Janson, Luke Dick)
  10. “I Ain’t All There” featuring Diamond Rio (Jerrod Niemann, Lance Miller, Richie Brown)
  11. “Come Back” (Jimmy Yeary, Matt Dragstrem, Craig Wiseman)
  12. “The Regulars” (CJ Solar, Tina Parol, Jessie Jo Dillon)
  13. “This Ride” (JT Harding, AJ Babcock, Pete Good)
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Album Review: Carly Pearce | ‘Every Little Thing’

For several years now, I have heard about Carly Pearce on the music scene; well before she was signed to Big Machine.  I always seemed to just miss her performance.

Finally, at this past year’s CRS (Country Radio Seminar), I got to see her perform live for the first time at the Big Machine luncheon showcase and she did not disappoint.

Pearce is releasing her debut album on Big Machine entitled, ‘Every Little Thing’, on October 13th.  It is produced by busbee.  Just to sum it up, I think it is aptly named because there really IS something to love about every little thing on this album.

“Every Little Thing” is also the title of the first single off this album.  If this beautiful ballad does not hit #1, I’ll be incredibly disappointed.  It has all the makings of a great hit and such an emotional song that many can relate to when they lose a loved one.

Carly Pearce’s voice is powerful.  She sings with conviction, great control, and emotion that is incredibly moving.  I can’t say enough good things about her vocals.

There is something for every country music lover on this album.   The songwriting is strong and deep throughout the album.  Thankfully, no mention of beer, pick-up trucks or dirt roads.   “Honeysuckle” is exuberant and playful midtempo.  “Dare Ya”, “Catch Fire”, and “Everybody Gonna Talk” are sassy mid to uptempo tunes.  “If My Name Was Whiskey” is poignant and moving ballad.  It is probably my very favorite off the album.

Honestly, I can go straight down the tracklisting and tell you something I enjoy about each song.  There is no song that I want to skip over and it is on repeat right now.  It is such a strong album in whole and I feel would appeal to any country music fan whether you like the contemporary country sound or more traditional roots.  Pearce tends to lean a little more traditional very reminiscent of early works by Sara Evans with just the right blend of contemporary to appeal to a broad audience.

In short, I think Carly Pearce has the potential to become one of the great, standout female A-list vocalists that you’ll be hearing about for many years to come in country music along the lines of greats like Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Reba, and Carrie Underwood just to mention a few who have all stood the test of time.  She is certainly one to watch and I strongly recommend buying this album when released.  It is one of the best I have had the pleasure to listen to this year.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars. 

 

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