Abbey Cone: ‘HATE ME’ – EP Review

Abbey Cone’s debut EP, HATE ME, is out now, April 22nd on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new music below and check out our full review.

Back in December, we introduced you to singer-songwriter, Abbey Cone and her journey to country music in our spotlight series. Today, we get to share her debut EP, HATE ME. The record features six songs, all co-written by Cone. It is an EP you are going to want to listen to again and again.

“This project is me. I felt the feelings, I wrote the songs, I co-produced, I co-directed and co-created every part of this release with my team, incredible cowriters, my family, and my best friends. I could never release something that didn’t feel undeniably me,” shared Abbey in a recent press release.  “I have a vision for every part of my career.  I love how involved I was in creating this project and no matter where it lands in the musical universe, I’ll always be proud of it.”

The record kicks off with “In A Room With You.” Written by Cone with Nicolle Galyon, and Nathan Spicer, the pop-country tune makes you want to take a step a step towards independence. Cone mesmerizes from the first lyric. It is clear she knows a thing or two about crafting a memorable and nostalgic song. The song is one of our favorites off the project.

Next up is “King of The World.” The song shares the less romantic side of a small-town romance. According to Cone, “It’s the story of the insecure ones, the ones who can’t handle a girl destined for more than her hometown. The ones who think they’re king of the world, but unfortunately have never experienced more than a few square miles of it.” It is an emotive and incredible song for anyone who needs to hear it.

“You’re king of the world // Yeah, I said it // Whatever you want, yeah you get it // Guess things look different from the top of the ladder // You can break a heart like it don’t matter // But you’re gonna hate the truth, it hits you when you fall // You’re only king of the world // ‘Cause your world is so damn small”

HATE ME continues with the pre-released “Rhinestone Ring.” The song is an incredibly emotive song that is both romantic and romanticized. We appreciate the child-like nature of the beautiful tune. The EP also includes another previously released song, the title track. “Hate Me” is a break-up song that cuts deep.

“Would you get teary-eyed if you saw me with some guy? // Would you start a fight? // Or would you just walk on by? // I know it’s over now don’t know how I’mma get over you // While wishin’ it would’ve lasted  // Can’t act like it never happened”

On “The One,” Cone let’s her vocals shine. The heartfelt track is all about falling in love, but still being scared about “forever.” Despite the fear, it is clear that this relationship is one that will leave a permanent mark on her heart, no matter what the future holds. On the other hand, “Thoughts About You” continues the nostalgic pull that the whole EP encompasses.

“But I thought about you in the back of your Jeep // Yeah, I thought about you // with your hands on me // I was doing alright // Out of sight, out of mind // I thought I knew better uh oh // Than to think about us like it wasn’t all bad // Like I’m missing it, like I want you back”

Cone’s debut is one we are going to be thinking about for a long time coming. Each song was carefully crafted to create a wonderful story of heartbreak, love, independence, and everything in between. Abbey Cone is an artist you are going to want to keep on your radar and one listen to HATE ME proves it.

HATE ME EP Tracklist:

  1. In A Room With You | Abbey Cone, Nicolle Galyon, Nathan Spicer
  2. King Of The World | Abbey Cone, Aaron James Babcock, Peter Christian Good
  3. Rhinestone Ring | Abbey Cone, Heather Morgan, Nathan Spicer
  4. The One | Abbey Cone, Jessie Jo Dillon, Nathan Spicer
  5. Thought About You | Abbey Cone, Nate Cyphert, Nathan Spicer
  6. Hate Me [Explicit] | Abbey Cone, Jessie Jo Dillon, Nathan Spicer

Abbey Cone’s debut EP, ‘HATE ME’ 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 Abbey Cone releases.

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HATE ME EP 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.

Who Is Abbey Cone? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

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

The Beginning:

Country Swag is big on championing women in the industry, and we were lucky enough to get to chat with the lovely Abbey Cone. She is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, and if you don’t know her yet, you will soon.

Cone is from Texas, so it wasn’t like she ever discovered country – it was all she knew. “Country music wasn’t even really a choice. It was just what I grew up on and what made the most sense for me to sing… country chose me.”

Cone didn’t have a traditional childhood, though. She loved music so much that starting at age 12 she traveled to Nashville from her hometown of Texas to start pursuing a career. “It was so fun. I feel like I was really fortunate to meet some really good people early on that I trusted…back then, it felt like a big little town. So I really got to experience just the magic of the Nashville songwriting community”, she shared with us. “It was hard sometimes, just to be a young girl and basically begging people to take me seriously and try to maintain and find my voice. It helped me grow a lot.”

While her commitment to the genre has served her well when it comes to her artistry, and she is grateful for her opportunities, she notes that there is a lot of sacrifice involved with these decisions. “I didn’t really have a normal high school experience. I left high school when I was 15 after my freshman year and have been in Nashville full time pretty much since then. It was a unique thing to experience, but it just feels like my story.”

The Turning Point:

Cone earned her first publishing deal when she was 16, but when she started collaborating with her producer-turned-love Nathan Spicer, she found her sonic home within country music. This led to her signing a recording contract with Valory Music Company and the release of her debut single, “Rhinestone Ring”.

“I met Nathan in 2018. We got set up on a write together and we immediately hit it off as humans and co-writers. I was at the phase where I was wanting to find a producer… someone who was equally as hungry as I was. And that ended up being Nathan”, she explains to us.

“I cut 6 songs with Nathan and those are the 6 songs I shopped when I got my record deal. It feels like a bit of a blur… we found out that we wrote really well together, that we produced really well together, and that we got along really well… we started dating three years ago now.”


Flash-forward to now, Cone is a CMT Next Women of Country, releasing music, and set to head out on her first tour in support of Brittney Spencer. On the topic of her song “Rhinestone Ring”, she shares, “Rhinestone Ring’ is about these big plans about a wedding and then meeting the person you feel like you could marry and realizing you don’t need any of that. It paralleled the pandemic and I think a lot of people learned or maybe feel like they don’t need as much as they thought to feel peaceful.”

“This is my first official tour that I’m doing – 8 days with Brittney in January and February. My booking agent called me and told me there’s this opening you’d have to submit for, and I said ‘please submit me!’ I called Mickey Guyton and was like, ‘I love her, I have to do these shows!’ and they ended up going with me. I’m just so excited.”

In terms of what’s next, look out for more tour dates and more new music in the upcoming future from Cone. She is poised to be an absolute superstar with incredible lyricism and a clear vision as an artist.


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

To keep up with Abbey Cone, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Abbey Cone’s 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.