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Get to Know the Opening Acts of Summer 2021’s Hottest Country Music Tours

All of the greats we know and love today were once the opening acts, too. Get to know today’s openers from summer 2021’s hottest country music tours.

Not only did your favorite superstars reunite with the stage this past summer, but your future favorite entertainers had the opportunity to share it with them this country concert season as well. Country music is famous for having incredible ‘superstars-to-be’ open for their major tours, and here at Country Swag, we have your guide to all the of the show openers. Learn more about this year’s opening acts below.

Tenille Arts just earned her first #1 on country radio with the smash “Somebody Like That”, following the release of her second studio album, Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between. All her hard work is paying off this year, as she gears up for new releases and as summer set in, Arts found herself as the opening act on on Lady A’s ‘What A Song Can Do Tour’. Tenille Arts is without a doubt one of the best vocalists and songwriters of this new class of country artists and if you caught the show, you will probably agree.

Matt Stell, one of our artists to watch and Live Swag Session alums is taking over country music one single at a time. His debut single, “Prayed For You” is one of the most popular love songs in country music, and his new single, “That Ain’t Me No More” has been sent to country radio. This summer, he joined Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert on their respective run of shows.

Lainey Wilson and HARDY were both opening acts for Jason Aldean’s ‘Back In The Saddle Tour’ and if you caught the show, you know they rightfully earned their time in the spotlight. This isn’t the first time the two have toured together either; they opened for Morgan Wallen on his first headline tour over two years ago. HARDY and Wilson both released critically acclaimed albums in the past year (A ROCK and Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, respectively) and as those albums indicated, their fiery songs got fans up and out of their seats each and every night just as fast as they sat down in them!

The full list of country tours and their opening acts are listed below. One of the best feelings is when you go to a show not knowing the opener and leaving a forever fan. If that rings true for the show’s you attended this year, be sure to remember their names, follow them on socials, stream the music and get ready to see those artists when they head back your way. For New York City country fans, head to our calendar to find out when the next shows in the area are.

SUMMER 2021 TOURS:

Blake Shelton
Lindsay Ell
Martina McBride
Trace Adkins
Tracy Byrd

Brad Paisley
Jimmie Allen
Kameron Marlowe

Brett Eldredge
Morgan Evans

Brothers Osborne
Tenille Townes
Travis Denning

Dan + Shay
Band Camino
Ingrid Andress

Dierks Bentley
Parker McCollum
Riley Green

Ingrid Andress
Georgia Webster

Jason Aldean
HARDY
Lainey Wilson

Kane Brown
Restless Road

Lady A
Carly Pearce
Tenille Arts

Little Big Town
Caitlyn Smith
Hailey Whitters

Luke Bryan
Caylee Hammack
Dylan Scott

Old Dominion
Blanco Brown
Caitlyn Smith
Matt Stell
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Walker County

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[Interview] Seaforth Soars To New Heights with New Music & Upcoming Tour

As Seaforth’s Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson hit the road on tour with Jordan Davis this fall, we caught up with the duo to learn about their new music and what to expect next in our exclusive interview below.

Quarantine was not easy for anybody last year – especially for musicians who are always entertaining. For Seaforth, the Australian duo took that time to create their best work yet. We chatted with the singer-songwriters about everything from producing bedroom pop-country to touring the country.

Seaforth’s latest singles, “Breakups” and “Close Enough” were both produced by Tom Jordan of Seaforth. Most country acts work with outside producers when making music, but to see the band do this themselves helps create a completely new take on their sound.

“We’ve worked with a lot of amazing producers since moving to Nashville, and through that, you learn how production works. Last year, through quarantine, it became more difficult to work with other people, because no one could go anywhere. So we decided to do it ourselves,” Jordan shared.

It’s incredible to see the duo grow into their new sound. Since they’re producing the music themselves, it truly has mixes of all of their own influences and the songs they have on repeat like Keith Urban (Thompson’s pick) and John Mayer (Jordan’s pick). There are hints of country, indie, and 80s pop throughout their tracks.

“We’re going to do it all ourselves now. It’s really fun to do it like that, because you have full creative control over what you do and how it sounds. It feels really authentic when you’re putting it out.”

When it comes to collaborating with other artists, (like their smash hit with Mitchell Tenpenny, “Anything She Says”), Thompson shared, “we have songs that we think would be perfect for other people, so we are trying to figure out what makes the most sense. Nothing is locked in yet, but we have a song that we want to get a woman in country on that we think would be amazing. Stay tuned.”

Seaforth joins Jordan Davis on his Buy Dirt Tour, which kicked off earlier this month and runs through December. To find out if they’re playing a show near you, click here. The duo has put in a lot of work to get to where they are, and it’s paying off.

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5 Things to Expect from Larry Fleet’s Album ‘Stack Of Records’

We chatted with country artist Larry Fleet about his brand new album Stack Of Records due out this Friday, September 24th. Here are five things to expect from the project.

  1. Larry Fleet believes in the power of a song, which is evident on this new record.

“You gotta have something you want to say, and my thing was I just always wrote honest stuff, and tried to keep it simple and honest, I think that has inspired people.”

 

  1. The singer co-wrote all fourteen tracks off Stack of Records, but it was not intentional.

“A good song is a good song. There’s so many good songwriters in Nashville, and my thing is, you don’t have to write every song, but it just worked that way. Because I have a different type of writing style and what I’m trying to do is put out honest, simple songs that mean something and connects with people.”

 

  1. Fleet did not initially intend to become an artist, but this record puts his artistry out on full display.

“I’ve been writing songs for a long time. I never wanted to be an artist. I just wanted to be a songwriter. That’s where my passion is in the songwriting, so I always take a lot of time and a lot of pride in writing a good song, that’s where it all begins.”

 

  1. One of the songs off the record features his now friend and old tour mate, Jon Pardi.

“When I wrote “In Love With My Problems,” I sent it to him and he liked the song. […] When we recorded the song, he was like ‘this song is awesome,’ and I was like come sing it with me.”

 

  1. Jamey Johnson also lent his voice to Fleet’s record after a Zoom write led the two to create an incredible song called “Highway Feet.”

“Johnson said, ‘let’s just write a song about going back out on the road.’ […] This is kinda our “On The Road Again” [Willie Nelson].”

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Larry Fleet’s new album Stack Of Records is due out this Friday, September 24th.

Check back here on Friday, September 24th for our full review of Larry Fleet’s new record Stack Of Records.

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* Interview Conducted by: Stephanie Wagner // Written by: Erica Zisman for Country Swag

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Who Is Belles? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

Who is Belles? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about her journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

The Beginning:

Country music touches fans all across the United States. Our Swag Spotlight artist this week, Belles is a shining example of that. Growing up in the middle of the country in Omaha, Nebraska, Belles fell in love with country music at an early age. She spent her childhood watching her mom on tour and falling in love one song at a time.

“I always wanted to do music, ever since I was a little kid. I wanted to be just like my mom and my aunts, and my grandma,” she begins. “My grandma was actually a Jazz singer in Chicago and then my mom was in a Pop band with her three sisters.” Despite the fact that her mom was in a Pop band, Belles credits her mother for introducing her to country music.

“I grew up listening to The Judds and Brooks & Dunn, and 90s country like Shania [Twain] and then Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, the [Dixie] Chicks were a huge influence,” shared the songstress. Belles also mentioned a love for artists like Dolly Parton, John Mayer, The Civil Wars, and Kacey Musgraves.

Although her grandmother had taught her to sing at an early age, it was not until she was fourteen that she started to perform. “When I was about 14, my mom was kind of playing coffee shops around Omaha and writing her own songs, and I asked to be her backup singer. It took a little bit of convincing,” she shares. Adding later, “Eventually she said yes and that kind of slowly turned into us becoming a duo.”

The Turning Point:

Belles took a short hiatus from music, when she followed the more traditional route after high school. She went to college for two years to pursue a degree in Chemistry with the hopes of becoming a doctor. “I ended up not really loving Chemistry,” she laughs. “I really just loved music and so after two years of that, I ended up moving to Nashville and started to write songs and meet as many people as I could.”

At nineteen years old, Belles made the move to Music City. Since being in the country music capital, the songstress worked to craft her songwriting and cultivate her artistry. She did not originally set out to pursue country music, but the organic nature of the genre captivated her. “I run the gamut of genres, but ultimately though, I just love country music,” declared Belles.

During her time in Nashville, Belles got a call from her friend and entertainer JoJo Siwa asking her to audition as an opener for Siwa’s tour. The songstress nailed the audition and Belles and her mother opened at arenas across the world for Siwa for an 82-city arena tour.

Although not used to the down time, the singer-songwriter continued to write songs even during quarantine, writing with anyone who wanted to write with her. “My goal was to write at least one song during every work day […] Through that, I grew so much as songwriter and as an artist.” She lated added, “I will always look back at it as a very pivotal time in my career.”

Today:

Flash forward to today, Belles is making the transition to become her own artist, rather than a band with her mother and brother. She has already released her EP entitled All Hat No Cowboy. The record both introduces fans to her talent, as well as, showcases her personality.

“I like to write songs from a really strong female point of view, so when I was crafting this EP, I was really picking out songs that I felt like encapsulated my journey, a little bit of coming of age during the pandemic, and being this strong female figure that is really important to me,” she shared.

Belles also let us know that the EP was only supposed to be four tracks, but after a couple of songs went viral on TikTok, she knew she had to include them. “So I chose most of the songs and the people chose some of them as well.”

One song in particular, “Human Kindness”, was written during the pandemic and truly captures the emotive side of Belles. On the other hand, the title track, “All Hat No Cowboy” was one of the singer’s favorite tunes, but it almost did not make the project. Belles ultimately included the song because fans fell in love with it on social media.

Clearly this is only the beginning for Belles! After another stint out on the road for January through March with her mother and Siwa, the songstress promises there is more coming! “For the rest of the year, I’m going to be writing and playing a bunch of writer’s rounds here in Nashville and definitely playing shows next summer.” Another EP is likely on the horizon!

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Belles’ music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Lainey Wilson Scores First Number One with “Things A Man Oughta Know”

Lainey Wilson scores her first number one single with “Things A Man Oughta Know.” The song is her lead single of her major-label record Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin.

Fiery newcomer, Lainey Wilson is one of our favorite new artists in country music. During her live shows, she mesmerizes fans and truly takes over the stage. Although her record Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin only came out in February, the project already houses a hit song. Wilson’s debut single “Things A Man Oughta Know” is officially the number one song on country charts.

The lead single captivated fans and industry almost instantly. We have watched it steadily climb up the charts over the last several months. With each milestone hit, it has been so exciting watching the single rise. Wilson helps to break the mold for all of the incredibly talented female artists out there who are just not getting enough radio play.

“How to know when it’s love // How to stay when it’s tough // How to know you’re messin’ up a good thing // And how to fix it ‘fore it’s too late // And yeah, I know a boy // Who gave up and got it wrong // If you really love a woman, you don’t let her go // Yeah, I know a few things a man oughta know”

The song itself is all about a woman teaching a few lessons to a man. It breaks gender stereotypes in a way that is both enticing and important. Wilson is a true star in the making. We cannot wait to see her star continue to rise, as more and more fans flock to her shows! Congrats to Wilson and her team on the number one!

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“Things A Man Oughta Know” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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RaeLynn Collaborates with Mitchell Tenpenny on New Song “Get That All The Time”

RaeLynn collaborates with Mitchell Tenpenny on new song “Get That All The Time” out now, September 22nd, on all streaming platforms.  Take a look below as we dig into the track.

As we all await for new mom, RaeLynn’s full length album BAYTOWN, due out this Friday, (9/24) fans can enjoy a brand new song off the record. The songstress teams up with one of our favorites, Mitchell Tenpenny on a killer new track. Together, RaeLynn and Tenpenny drop “Get That All The Time.”

The playful new track is the perfect addition to RaeLynn’s catalog of songs. “Get That All The Time” features the two artists trading pick-up lines back and forth. It is both flirty and captivating. Written by the songstress with Kane Brown, Corey Crowder, and Tyler Hubbard, the song is one you cannot help, but to smile, while listening to.

“I know that you could have anyone in here tonight // But you’d be better off mine // I bet you get that all the time // All the time // You’re probably getting pretty used to me // I bet you memorize the lines // And this ain’t nothing new to ya”

RaeLynn’s upcoming record will include the six songs from the BAYTOWN EP and this new single, as well as, a handful of over brand new tracks. Check back this Friday for our full review of the record!

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RaeLynn and  Mitchell Tenpenny’s new song “Get That All The Time,” is out now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future RaeLynn and Mitchell Tenpenny releases.

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“Get That All The Time” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Jackson Michelson: ‘Back To That Summer’ – EP Review

Jackson Michelson’s new EP Back To That Summer is out now, September 17th on all streaming platforms. Check out our full review and listen to the brand new music below.

A few months ago we fell in love with emerging artist, Jackson Michelson. The singer-songwriter’s knack for crafting a catchy, yet heart-centered song is unparalleled. After introducing himself with his single, “Tip Jar,” Michelson is back with a brand new project. His new EP Back To That Summer is officially out.

The record features six original songs. Kicking off with “Tip Jar,” the singer catches listener’s attention right away. The song is all about using a night out with some live music to get over a break-up. Laced with pop-rock influences, the track is heartfelt yet still an absolute jam.

“I’ll toss a 20 in the tip jar // I gotta keep ‘em playing all night long // Tell all my buddies I won’t miss her // If I just keep ‘em playing all our songs // Ain’t reckless behavior, I gotta replace the // Memories we made here in this bar // And if the band can fix my broken heart // I’ll toss a 20 in the tip jar”

Michelson continues to keep the energy up on the next two songs, the title track, “Back To That Summer” and “Amplifier.” The former is a nostalgic tune all about reminiscing on a young-love romance. It is also one of our favorites off the project. “Amplifier” is a song primed for the stage. The singer professes his love for a one-of-a-kind lady on the upbeat track.

Similarly, Michelson expresses the buzz you get from falling in love on “Love High.” The previously released song compares love to all the things that get us feeling warm and fuzzy inside. It features cleverly-strung together lyrics that really paint a picture for listeners throughout the track.

“I don’t ever want to come down // Caught up in your blue eyes // I can’t even see the ground // Don’t need no shot of something // There ain’t nothing stronger than your kiss // I’m long gone and drunk off your lips // Girl you got me love high”

On “Call Me No One,” the singer slows down the beat to share an honest and truthful anecdote about love. The vulnerable song expresses to a girl that if no one is going to treat her the way she deserves to be treated, he will change that. Michelson creatively utilizes the idea of ‘no one’ and flips it on its head, creating a new, romantic meaning of the word.

“If no one is going to drive you home // If no one is going to kiss you all night long // If no one knows how to love you right, I’ll be no one tonight”

The record ends with “Stay Over.” Arguably, the most relatable song on the track, Michelson digs in to the messiness of break-up. Although the ex’s know that the last thing they should do is get back together, they are fighting to stay away from each other. Despite that, they “never stay over.” The song would make a great radio single for Michelson, and is one of our favorites.

Overall, the artist delivers an EP that has something for every music lover. Each of the six songs are easy and fun to listen to. At the same time, you are sure to find hidden meanings within the lyrics after each listen. Congrats to Michelson on a great project!

Back To That Summer Tracklist

  1. Tip Jar
  2. Back To That Summer
  3. Amplifier
  4. Love High
  5. Call Me No One
  6. Stay Over
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Jackson Michelson’s new EP ‘Back To That Summer’ is out now.

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Back To That Summer is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Jameson Rodgers: ‘Bet You’re From a Small Town’ – Album Review

Jameson Rodgers’ debut album Bet You’re From a Small Town, features “One Day,”Some Girls,” and “Cold Beer Calling My Name” with Luke Combs.  Check out our full review and listen to the brand new music below.

For Columbia Nashville/River House Artists rising star, Jameson Rodgers, his debut album has been a long time in the making. The singer-songwriter moved to Music City from Mississippi over a decade ago, and has been waiting on this moment ever since. “Being from a small town in Mississippi, I’m well aware that not everyone gets to do music for a living,” says Rodgers. “I’ve been waiting to announce and release my debut album ever since I moved to Nashville 11 years ago. I’m extremely grateful for this day to be here and I can’t wait to see and hear how people react to these songs and this album.”

Co-writing 14 of the album’s 15 tracks, the newlywed singer explores themes of love, loss, small towns, and drinking beer, but manages to cover each of those tropes in a way that is new and unique. 

The album opens with the anthemic “One Day,” a tongue-in-cheek ode to that feeling of never quite getting over a breakup. With its driving guitars, the well-written and perfectly crafted mid-tempo, the song is a fantastic introduction to the album. “One day I’ll get over you,” Rodgers muses of his attempts to move on. “One day I’m gonna die.”

Other highlights of the album include “Merle Haggard,” “Missing You,” and “You Won’t. On “Merle Haggard,” we find Rodgers reminiscing about someone that his mama warned him about. “You’re the leaving story // You were good but no good for me // Mama tried to warn me // That you’d break my heart in two // Merle Haggard would’ve wrote songs about you.”

Meanwhile “You Won’t” is about accepting a breakup, while “Missing One” is a perfectly-crafted, radio-ready breakup-moving-on-missing-someone-track that we can’t get enough of. I wanna want somebody else,” Rodgers admits. “The girls in here can’t help tonight // Because I’m missing one.” 

The theme of small town life weaves its way through the album, which is fitting considering the LP’s title. While the title track is another standout country anthem, songs like “Bars Back Home” and “Porch With a View” continue that vibe. On “Bet You’re From a Small Town,” Rodgers is truly celebrating life in a small town without being too cliche. “If you got a buddy that’s always got your back // If you’ve got a mama who prays for you no matter where you’re at // If you don’t give a damn how fast the world spins around // I bet you’re from a small town.”

Rodgers also explores topics of the opposite sex on songs like “Girl with the Broken Heart,” “Girls That Smoke,” and his chart-topping “Some Girls.” On the former, he encourages those dealing with a breakup, reminding them to “drink that wine // It’s gonne be fine.” Meanwhile, “Girls That Smoke” is about those girls who are just a bit too dangerous, wrecking hearts and weekends in one fell swoop.

Just as the album starts strong, it also closes strong with some of the best songs coming on the album’s second half. There’s “Cold Beer Calling My Name” featuring Rodgers’s labelmate, country superstar, Luke Combs. “Good Dogs” is a beautiful love song to the beloved pets that are gone too soon, while the album’s final track, “Desert,” is a sparse yet twangy song of hope about getting through tough times. “‘Cause life’s kinda crazy // Can’t predict the weather // But the cold and the rain and the pain don’t last forever,” he reminds us. You know the lows sure make the highs so much better // Yeah sunshine all the time just makes a desert.”

It may have taken Jameson Rodgers over a decade to release his debut album, but after a few listens, we can absolutely say that it was well worth the wait.

Bet You’re From a Small Town Tracklist

  1. One Day (Jameson Rodgers/Smith Ahnquist/Will Bundy/Lynn Hutton)
  2. Merle Haggard (Rodgers/Hutton/Jake Mitchell)
  3. Close to Anything (Rodgers/Brent Anderson/Mitchell/Hunter Phelps)
  4. Bet You’re from a Small Town (Rodgers/Ahnquist/Bundy/Hutton)
  5. Missing One (Rodgers/Ahnquist/Phelps)
  6. You Won’t (Rodgers/Ahnquist/Bundy/Hutton)
  7. Girl with the Broken Heart (Rodgers/Michael Hardy/Mitchell)
  8. Bars Back Home (Rodgers/Ahnquist/Ashley Gorley/Phelps)
  9. Porch with a View (Rodgers/Anderson/Mitchell/Phelps)
  10. Bringing It Back (Rodgers/Mitchell)
  11. Girls That Smoke (Rodgers/Ahnquist/Anderson)
  12. Cold Beer Calling My Name feat. Luke Combs (Rodgers/ Phelps/Brett Tyler/Alysa Vanderheym)
  13. Some Girls (Hardy/Mitchell/C.J. Solar)
  14. Good Dogs (Rodgers/Anderson/Mitchell/Phelps)
  15. Desert (Rodgers/Ahnquist/Josh Miller/Mitchell)

Our Picks:

  1. “One Day”
  2. “Missing One”
  3. “Cold Beer Calling My Name”
  4. “You Won’t

 

Jameson Rodgers’s debut album ‘Bet You’re From a Small Town’ is out now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Jameson Rodgers releases.

Jameson Rodgers will be headlining New York City’s Bowery Ballroom as part of his Cold Beer Calling My Name tour on October 13. Tickets are available here.

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Carly Pearce: ’29: Written In Stone’ – Album Review

Carly Pearce’s third studio album, 29: Written In Stone is available today, September 17th. Take a look below as we dig into the record.

Carly Pearce has had a whirlwind of a year to say the least, she’s experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Some might choose to only acknowledge the pretty, but on 29: Written In Stone, Pearce embraces her pain with grace and it has resulted in what will be a career-defining album.

The project is undeniably country, and the Kelsea Ballerini co-write “Diamondback” is the clever opener where fiddles fly and diamond ring promises die.

“Take the bed where you used to lie // Keep the friends I never liked // And the happy-ever-after welcome mat // But you ain’t gonna get this diamond back, no never ever ever getting this diamond back”

It’s an empowering message to people everywhere that they shine brightest when they stay true to themselves. “I hope [this] shows you can stand in your truth and stand confidentially in whatever life gives you and to accept that”, Pearce shared with us in a recent interview.

“What He Didn’t Do” is one of the strongest moments on the record both vocally and lyrically: it’s honest in the most dignified way. Pearce proves why less can be more, even if “we both know I could run him out of this town”. Her voice shines beautifully on the chorus and establishes such composure and class that runs deep throughout the rest of the 14 songs.

There are two duets on 29: Written In Stone, one with the iconic Patty Loveless and one with the incomparable Ashley McBryde. “I’ve never been somebody that’s been like ‘I have to be in my own lane and you stay over there and we can’t collaborate’”, Pearce told us. “I think it’s super fun to collaborate with [other artists].”

The aching waltz that is “Dear Miss Loretta” has Pearce and Loveless asking Loretta Lynn for some advice. “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” is one of the more modern-sounding songs on the album, and it’s a welcomed difference. It’s not an overdone-feminist anthem, but the story never puts blame on either woman, refreshing to hear in a cheating song. Their voices blend so wonderfully together and it is bound to be a huge hit. On how the duet came to be, Pearce tells us, “I just asked her if she wanted to write a song, and she did! And we got in the same room and I was hoping that she would want to write a duet and she later told me that she was hoping the same.”

Closer “Mean It This Time” is a stunning letter-to-self that truly encapsulates the project and its finality. This is where fans will get to understand the title of the album on a new level. Pearce shares what the writing process was like of the song. “It was almost like I didn’t even notice that I was ready to think about that kind of hope. I certainly had not thought about dating at this time, and was just like “I know what this means to me” and we wrote it so fast, and when we were trying to do the demo, we were all laughing because I could not physically sing it.”

“When I say forever, I’m gonna write it in stone // 100 years wouldn’t be long enough, it would never get old // And when I give my heart away, and lay it all on the line // When I tell the world I’m yours and baby you’re mine // I wanna mean it this time”.

Throughout all of 29: Written In Stone, Carly Pearce brilliantly and sincerely tells a story while still taking the high road. This is an album that will be listened to by country fans for years to come. This chapter sets Carly Pearce on the road to be one of country music’s greats.

29: WRITTEN IN STONE TRACKLIST

  1. Diamondback” | Carly Pearce, Kelsea Ballerini, Tofer Brown, Shane McAnally
  2. What He Didn’t Do” | Carly Pearce, Ashley Gorley, Emily Shackelton
  3. Easy Going” | Carly Pearce, Natalie Hemby, Josh Osborne
  4. Dear Miss Loretta” (featuring Patty Loveless) | Carly Pearce, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally+
  5. Next Girl” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  6. Should’ve Known Better” | Carly Pearce, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton
  7. 29” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  8. Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde) | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
  9. Your Drinkin’, My Problem” | Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Ben West
  10. Liability” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  11. Messy” | Carly Pearce, Sarah Buxton, Jimmy Robbins*
  12. Show Me Around” | Carly Pearce, Emily Shackelton, Ben West  
  13. Day One” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey
  14. All The Whiskey In The World” | Carly Pearce, Jordan Terry Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton
  15. Mean It This Time” | Carly Pearce, Jordan Terry Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton

Produced by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
* Produced by Jimmy Robbins
+ Produced by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Tony Brown

Our Picks:

  1. “What He Didn’t Do”
  2. “Mean It This Time”
  3. “Day One”
  4. “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
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Carly Pearce’s new album, ’29: Written In Stone’ is available now

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29: Written In Stone, is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Alana Springsteen: ‘History of Breaking Up (Part 1)’ – EP Review

Alana Springsteen’s new EP, History of Breaking Up (Part 1) is out now, September 17th on all streaming platforms. Check out our full review and listen to the brand new music below.

We have been huge fans of up and coming artist, Alana Springsteen since we first featured her in our Spotlight Series. Her ability to craft a lyric paired with her beautiful voice keeps us in awe of her talent. Today, Springsteen released her brand new EP, History of Breaking Up (Part 1). Simply put: it’s everything we hoped it would be.

The new EP features seven perfectly crafted tracks, all co-written by the songstress. She even co-produced five of the seven songs. The poetic project uncovers the layers of emotions as one falls in love and experiences heartbreak. Although some may call love messy, Springsteen says, “isn’t it miraculous.” She later calls all her experiences “magic” in the co-title of the project.

The record kicks off with her previously released song “California.” The track is one of those songs that makes you feel like you are floating on a cloud. Between the effortless lyrics and the smooth quality of Springsteen’s voice, you truly feel at ease. Through the song, the singer expresses how it feels to have that spark with a person that sometimes blinds us from the truth that the relationship is not meant to be. It adds a double play element as a love letter to California, a place she has always felt called to.

“Maybe it’s us or maybe I’m just falling in love with California // I can’t decide if it’s in my mind // Or just the way the lights in Santa Monica // Shine on you maybe it’s just the view // Baby I’m confused, I can’t tell // maybe it’s us or maybe I’m just falling in love with California”

Similarly, Springsteen explores the theme of wanting something that’s not meant for you on her duet with Roman Alexander, “Trying Not To.” The song taps into those feelings of when you are trying to stay away from someone, but you just keep getting pulled in. That magnetism you feel is undeniable; despite, what your brain is telling you. “My heart has wanted one thing, but my brain has known better,” shared Springsteen about the song.

On “Girlfriend,” one of our favorite songs on the project, the singer-songwriter gets deeper and even more vulnerable. The heartbreaking, yet relatable ballad explores the idea that although you are with someone, you are not the one. It is full of self-doubt and insecurity, but it feels pure and honest – something country music is all about.

“Cause she’s still the one in your head // I’m just the girl in your bed // She’s got a hold of your heart // I’m just the one in your arms // When you’re with me, you ain’t with me // I feel her name on your lips when you kiss me, it kills me // You’re gonna end up with her in the end // Cause she’s your girl, I’m just your girlfriend”

Springsteen continues to showcase her undeniable vulnerability on the beautiful ballad “God Must Be Mad At Me.” The desperation and the anguish that the artist conveys in this beautiful song is unmatched by any new artist in country music right now. Springsteen finds a new way to convey how it feels to be in love with someone who does not love you back.

The singer continues to tackle that story on “Homesick.” The word usually describes a gut-wrenching feeling of missing a place, but Springsteen flips the term and uses it to describe the ‘home’ you find in a person. On the contrary, “I Blame You” is a more cheerful song that showcases how it feels to see places you love through the eyes of someone you love.

Springsteen ends the collection of songs on a lighthearted note. Having dug through the depths of heartbreak, “Zero Trucks” seems fitting to end the project with. It is clear that she really embodies the message that the song conveys. Sometimes, endings can feel freeing and right, it does not always have to be sad.

Overall, Springsteen outdoes herself on this EP. She perfectly crafted each song on the project. The singer is one to look out for, and we predict that her career is truly just getting started.

History of Breaking Up (Part 1) Tracklist

  1. California (Alana Springsteen, Jerry Flowers, Jared Ray Keim)
  2. Girlfriend (Alana Springsteen, Travis Wood, Pete Goode)
  3. Trying Not To ft. Roman Alexander (Alana Springsteen, Roman Alexander, Jerry Flowers, Jared Ray Keim)
  4. God Must Be Mat At Me (Alana Springsteen, John Byron, Lauren Larue)
  5. Homesick (Alana Springsteen, Andrew Deroberts, Ryan Beaver)
  6. I Blame You (Alana Springsteen, Tyler Filmore, John-Luke Carter, Will Weatherly)
  7. Zero Trucks (Alana Springsteen, Walker Hayes, Joe Clemmons)
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Alana Springsteen’s brand new EP ‘History of Breaking Up (Part One)” is out now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Alana Springsteen releases.

To keep up with Alana Springsteen, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

History of Breaking Up (Part 1) is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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