Sitting at Top 30 on the Mediabase Country Charts this week with her debut single “Family Tree,” Capitol Nashville/UMG is not slowing down in sharing her self-penned songs with both fans and industry members alike.
This past week, the 25-year-old took the stage at #TeamUMG’s annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) luncheon to perform her most vulnerable song released thus far. “Small Town Hypocrite,” written by Hammack and Nashville singer-songwriter Jared Scott, tells the very personal story of her relationship with a boy who she shared “matching scars and matching tattoos” with– who later broke up with her after she sacrificed her dreams, a Belmont University scholarship and more– just because he needed space.
Recalling the rawness and experience drawn from this song from, Hammack says it’s “one of the most personal and difficult songs (she’s) ever written.” With lyrics like You said you needed space and damn that I bought it / ‘Til you moved in a vinyl-sided double-wide with a couple of her kids / Ain’t that some shit / You’re just a small town hypocrite”, it sure sounds like she really went to hell and back with this breakup. Frankly, you can almost hear a tear in her voice in this achingly beautiful delivery.
The redhead songstress believes in the universality of music, honesty and shared life experiences. “I like to think that is why it strikes a chord with people, a lot of us have been in a situation where we’ve taken stock of our lives and thought ‘what in the hell am I doing? This wasn’t what I signed up for and it definitely isn’t what I dreamed about.’ Performing it can be hard sometimes because it takes me back to those feelings and that place, but I know there is strength in being vulnerable too,” she shares in a press release.
The Ellaville, Georgia native has spent the last year in particular opening up for country music superstars like Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Trisha Yearwood, as well as playing at some of the genre’s biggest festivals. And, no plans to stop connecting with fans on the road are in sight for the soulful vocal powerhouse. In 2020, she will return with upcoming support dates for label mates Reba and Luke Bryan in the spring and summer respectively.
“Small Town Hypocrite” is now 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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