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Tenille Townes: ‘Masquerades’ – EP Review + Exclusive Interview

Tenille Townes’ EP, Masqueradesis out now, April 22nd on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new music below and check out our exclusive interview.

Tenille Townes is one of the most promising young songwriters to emerge from the Nashville music scene over the last five years. Her knack for storytelling is one that is so authentic and evocative, and her new EP, Masquerades, is her most vulnerable collection of work yet. We had the opportunity to chat with Townes about everything to do with the project and more.

The project opens with the anthemic Wrabel duet, “When You Need It”, a song all about being there for someone when they need you most. The two have written several great songs together but this song was the result of their first co-write.

“I think it’s so crazy that this song about friendship is what marks the beginning of our friendship,” Townes shares with us about the collaboration. “Writing songs with him and getting to know him over the past few years has been one of the brightest silver linings for me in a really dark time. I told him, ‘We have this song, it’s the first song we wrote, I love it, and you have to sing on it.’ I’m so glad he was up for that.”

“The Sound Of Being Alone” is one of the true standouts on the record. Everything about it is interesting: the groovy bass line, the daringly introspective song arc, the booming drums, Townes’ vocal delivery… it’s completely unexpected in every way for a country song, and it may be one of the best of the year, tied with other cut “Villain in Me”.

“Is it the washing machine that keeps on startling me? // Is it the sound of you not calling // Who knows? // I don’t // It’s just the sound of being alone // It comes, it goes // it’s just the sound of being alone // Too much of anything is never a good thing // Is it a bad thing I’m good on my own? // I could say anything, nobody’s listening // It’s just the sound of being alone.” 

“This song has got a little bit of tension and frustration, I think, in the way that I get to sing it. It feels good to put that kind of emotion in a song,” Townes tells us. “This song came from literally going insane in my house by myself….just feeling haunted by the voices in my own head and the thoughts that I was processing. I think as an entire world we’ve never felt lonelier than we have these past few years, you know?”

Previously released “When’s it Gonna Happen” and “Villain in Me” remain two of the strongest songs on the project; particularly the last one. Townes illustrates such restraint vocally and sonically in the song, which begins on the offbeat, a move that an artist like one of Townes’ favorites, Joni Mitchell would pull. “I think I was just soul searching… I went back to some old Joni Mitchell records during this time,” she shares. “Villain in Me” is achingly personal, with lyrics that hit you in your gut: “I try to be a hero ‘til it brings me to my knees // Yeah, there’s a villain in me”. It’s a strong contender for the best country song of the year.

The other collaboration on Masquerades is the song “Shared Walls” with Breland, which utilizes building up the production so elegantly. “I actually wrote this song and recorded the guitar and vocals for it in my apartment! I had the track started, and I got to work with my friend Jackson Hargrove, he’s incredible… it was so amazing to hang out and dream about the different production elements of the song with him,” Townes explains to us. “He did such a great job of building it in an emotional way that kind of comes to life in the right part of the song. And having Breland’s vocal on there was such a dream and brought the whole track together in my opinion.”

The project’s closer is the cinematic, driving “Light in Your Eyes”, a gorgeous, dreamy, love song that in some ways contrasts the rest of the EP, setting listeners up for whatever comes next for Townes. It’s reminiscent of the best songwriter records from the ‘90s – a sound that doesn’t really exist anymore.

“This project was terrifying, honestly. I have this thing where I just trust the music, if I feel it in my gut or in my heart a certain way, I trust that,” she tells us. “There was a combination of ‘I’m so ready’ and completely terrified all at the same time. I really do hope, and what gives me so much courage to share these songs, is hearing from people who say ‘I feel the same, this is my truth too.’ I’m so glad to be stepping into this space of sharing more. It’s really exciting for me to be standing on this new frontier.”

Masquerades EP Tracklist:

  1. When You Need It (featuring Wrabel)
  2. When’s It Gonna Happen
  3. The Sound of Being Alone
  4. Villain In Me
  5. Shared Walls (featuring BRELAND)
  6. Same Road Home
  7. Light In Your Eyes
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Tenille Townes’ newest EP, ‘Masquerades’ is out not on all streaming platforms.

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

To keep up with Tenille Townes, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Masquerades 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.

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Tenille Townes Joins Nate Smith on “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven”

Nate Smith collaborates with Tenille Townes on new song, “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven,” out now, March 18th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track here.

Nate Smith’s musical journey has had its twists and turns, but in 2018, after performing at a few festival shows, the California-native made his way to Nashville to sign a record deal with SONY. Since then, he has released several singles such as “Wildfire,” “Under My Skin,” “Raised Up,” and of course, “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven.”

If you haven’t heard the song yet, it’s similar to Kane Brown’s “Heaven,” as the subject in the song compares simply lying next to the one he loves to making it to the promised land. This already beautiful ballad gets prettier when Canadian singer-songwriter, Tenille Townes jumps in to add backing vocals to the chorus and provide a female perspective in the second verse. This is the third version of the song that Smith has released; earlier this year he put out one with a church choir.

“I don’t wanna go to heaven, when heaven’s right here lying next to me // I count every kiss and every blessing, it’s the only proof I’ll ever need”

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Nate Smith and Tenille Townes collaborate on “I Don’ Want To Go To Heaven.”

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

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To keep up with Tenille Townes, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven” 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.

Tenille Townes’ Talks Writing Music, Tour & More [Exclusive Interview]

In our exclusive interview, we chatted with Tenille Townes all about writing and recording music, her tour, and much more. Read all about it below.

Tenille Townes is kicking off 2022 with a bang. In addition to headlining her first American Tour, Townes has also released a handful of brand new songs that are bound to stop you in your tracks. We had the chance to catch up with the singer-songwriter on touring, her love of Patty Griffin, and her courageous songwriting.

Tenille Townes has become one of country music’s greatest songwriters since releasing her debut single to radio in 2018. Her material has always been the perfect combination of fun, intense, and meaningful, but lately, her newest songs have been more vulnerable and intimate than ever.

“I always just trust the music and where it feels like the song is carrying me,” she tells us. “On both “Villain In Me” and “When’s It Gonna Happen,” in the middle of that process, even vocally to my co-writers, I was like ‘oof this is really scary and honest. Am I really saying this?’ And I just felt the song saying yes… as I was writing them, I think the most therapeutic thought that [helped me] step past that initial fear of talking about these things, is ‘oh, I can’t be the only person that’s feeling this way’. So if that’s the case, then I’d love for all of us to be able to be honest in it together. That’s definitely given me so much courage.”

Townes is gearing up for the second leg of her headlining tour in the states, and she shared how excited she is to share new material and fan favorites. “I loved getting to do my first-ever headlining tour in Canada to close out the year, and the shows were so much fun. My heart’s been so ready to get back to that this month. I can’t wait to be able to play the songs from The Lemonade Stand and sing them together with everybody, and also sing these new songs! I’m excited to bring everybody on hopefully an emotional ride and be all vulnerable and intimate with our emotions and also kind of throw caution to the wind and have a good time. I want it to be a joyful escape for everyone.”

In modern country music, there are very few major label artists who have the guts and perhaps bravery to write about what Townes does. Her music has the kind of vulnerability that really only has been heard on a song like “Mad Mission” by Patty Griffin, or “You Won’t Even Know I’m Gone” by Lori McKenna. These two artist-writers also happen to be some of her biggest inspirations.

“Patty Griffin is my hero, her and Lori McKenna to me are songwriting legends. They just set the bar for what it means to be honest, truthful, and raw. What I love so much about Patty Griffin’s music is that it feels like she’s just holding open the door, and you feel your soul or your story gets whatever it needs out of listening to her music, and that’s such a huge inspiration to me, as I’m writing. Like, I think about how this music can shape somebody’s experience and open that door for listeners.”

If you have ever had a thought that you’ve been a little bit scared to admit out loud, it’s possible that Tenille Townes has already written that song. Her electrifying, vibrant, and, vulnerable music is one that has the potential to change the landscape of modern country music. If you have the opportunity to get out and see her live show this year, you should take advantage of that. You might just find some answers to those thoughts.

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

To keep up with Tenille Townes, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tenille Townes’ 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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Tenille Townes’ New Song “When’s It Gonna Happen” Out Now

Tenille Townes’s new song “When It’s Gonna Happen” is out now, January 14th on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the new track below.

One of our favorite singer-songwriters in country music, Tenille Townes is finally back with brand new music. The songstress is following up the release of her song “Villain In Me,” with a new, vulnerable track. Townes shares her heart on the new song, “When It’s Gonna Happen,” out now.

The new song is a single-girl anthem in a least-expected way. In each verse, Townes shares her heart with fans. She laments about how it feels to be the only one not in love yet, asking about when it is going to be her time. A relatable concept for many of us, “When it’s Gonna Happen” is one of the most poignant songs in Townes’ impressive catalog of music.

“Sometimes I feel like I’m the last one standing // I look around and all my friends are falling in love // I’m scared to death I’ll end up empty-handed // Can’t be the only one thinking // When’s it gonna happen, happen to me // Know it’s supposed to happen naturally // When’s it gonna happen to me”

According to Townes, fans can thank themselves for this song coming to fruition! Thanks to the love the song got on social media, the budding star was able to release the incredible track.

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Tenille Townes’ new song “When’s It Gonna Happen” is out now, January 14th.

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

To keep up with Tenille Townes, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“When’s It Gonna Happen” 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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Tenille Townes Drops New Song “Villain In Me”

Tenille Townes’ new song “Villain In Me” is out today, November 5th, on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the brand new track below.

Nearing the end of the ‘Skeletons Tour’ with Brothers Osborne and gearing up for her first headlining tour that covers venues across both Canada and the United States, the “Somebody’s Daughter” singer-songwriter has brought out the floodgates with a heavy-hearted sentiment in her new song “Villian in Me”. Lyrically, the narrative is self-reflecting with a spoonful of a not-so-sugar-coated moment of pessimism. 

Despite Townes’ hesitancy to drop the socially accepted, life-of-the-party mask and allow remnants of a vulnerable and intricate state of mind to be seen, the 27-year old Canada native is letting go of the weight. “This song terrifies me, but I feel more hungry for honesty than I ever have in my life before”, she shares in a press release, “and that hunger is carrying me to a much more personal anchor in my songwriting.”

“Villian in Me”, written by Alex Hope and Townes, publicly originated on social media platforms when an unfiltered clip had been shared with seemingly no real intention for the song to be given a proper release date. However, following the support and encouragement from followers and slipping surprise performances in her setlist in recent appearances, the production is now available on all streaming platforms.

“The voice that I don’t wanna hear // The hurtful words I say // The long list of things about myself I wanna change // The heavy cloud that won’t leave even after it rains // I try to be a hero ‘til it brings me to my knees // Yeah, there’s a villain in me”

With an artist that leans articulately to the most beautiful things, there’s a captivating aroma that encircles Townes. “Villain in Me” is no exception. A delightful truth is present within these painful words that flow elegantly over a fingerpick: a sense of togetherness. 

“Sometimes that mask gets heavy and I’m working on how to set it down,” Tenille admits. “I’m still very much in the process of figuring that out and I want this song to be an invitation for anybody else out there listening to feel like they can join me in that process.”

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Tenille Townes’ new song “Villain In Me” is out today.

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

To keep up with Tenille Townes, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Villain In Me” 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.

[Interview] Tenille Townes Is Unshakeable in “Girl Who Didn’t Care” Music Video

Tenille Townes released an empowering new video for her latest song, “Girl Who Didn’t Care”. Check it out below and learn more in our exclusive interview.

Tenille Townes’ new track, “Girl Who Didn’t Care” is a characteristically “Tenille” song: amazing acoustic guitar, lyrics you can instantly relate to, and vocals so distinct you could recognize Townes from anywhere. The video is no exception.

A direct reflection of the song, Townes encourages girls to chase their dreams with the help of astrology student Alyssa Carson, goalie and sports student Sarah Fuller, and firefighter Sharon Wells. The three women have done everything from make football history to being community heroes.

Leading up to the release of the song, Townes posted an Instagram video of herself at age 9 where she shared with the camera that after graduation, she will “be a famous country singer”. When asked what she’d tell that little girl now in our interview, she shared, “I’d say thank you to her for believing in that dream at that point, and seeing that it was entirely possible. I would not get to be here doing the thing I love now without her feisty little courage that has carried and pushed through to this point.”

In the video, there are four young actresses portraying Townes, Carson, Fuller, and Wells, who are chasing their dreams headfirst, curiously and unapologetically. As they grow up, they continue to pursue a version of what they always wanted to be by not caring and marching to the beat of their own drum.

“It’s kind of surreal to think about it. I think when you dream about some things, and you see the outline of it, you see what you think it’s gonna look or feel like, and to see it colored in real life… it’s got so much more dimension and emotion than I’d ever had wrapped my head around. I’d tell [that little girl] it’s even more awesome than she imagines it is,” Townes tells us.

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Tenille Townes announcements and releases.

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To keep up with Sarah Fuller, follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

To keep up with Sharon Wells, follow her on Instagram.

Tenille Townes Releases Brand New Song “Girl Who Didn’t Care”

Tenille Townes’ brand new song “Girl Who Didn’t Care” is available now, June 25th, on all streaming platforms. Check out the track below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

Tenille Townes is one of our favorite songstresses in the country music world right now. She delivers songs that are authentic to who she is and her unique story. Each track she releases is personal and relatable. Today, Townes drops her brand new song “Girl Who Didn’t Care.”

Co-written by Townes with songwriters, David Pramik and Steph Jones, the song reminds us all of our inner child. The singer honestly conveys how it feels to be disconnected from who you once were. Like many of us, as children we are carefree, something that we tend to lose in adulthood. This song expresses that notion in such a way that feels therapeutic and important. As the first song off her forthcoming project, it definitely sets the tone perfectly.

“I wanna worry a little less, love a little more // Barefoot in a dress, dancing on the floor // Like I did, back when, when I was younger // Making up the songs, playing in my head // Didn’t matter what anybody said // Didn’t need to be like the others // Giant dreams and wild hair // Yeah, I know she’s still in there somewhere // Is the girl who didn’t care”

In a recent press release, Townes shares, “something happens to all of us at some point in our lives when we start noticing the cracks.” She goes on to share, “We start realizing that we care about what somebody else thinks. That we want to belong and be accepted, and we’re scared we won’t be.”

We love and appreciate the singer-songwriter’s vulnerability in her music. “Girl Who Didn’t Care” excites us for her future project. 

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Tenille Townes’ new song “Girl Who Didn’t Care,” is out now June 25th

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

To keep up with Tenille Townes, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Girl Who Didn’t Care” 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.

Tenille Townes Shares Special Lyric Video for “Jersey On The Wall”

Today, October 27th Sony Nashville recording artist Tenille Townes shared a very special lyric video for her moving song “Jersey On The Wall” which is featured on her debut album, The Lemonade Stand.

I had the opportunity to hear “Jersey on the Wall” a few years ago and it automatically brought me to tears upon first listen. When you lose a loved one, especially like in my case, losing my cousin to brain cancer when she was 21 years old, you tend to have a lot of questions about why something so horrible could happen. Like so many fans who have heard this song, I have shared it with family members and I was lucky enough to have had the great opportunity to tell Tenille, the songwriter and artist about my experience during our Swag Session earlier this year.

After hearing story after story like mine, Townes decided to come up with a beautiful way to honor each of these stories and lost souls. She asked fans to submit their stories along with their loved ones’ jersey colors and numbers for a special project which she revealed today. In this special fan-generated video, while the heartwarming lyrics are displayed across the screen, the camera pans across the jerseys hung one after another, allowing each fan to have their moment to remember and honor those we’ve lost. You can see my cousin’s jersey (Durso 7) towards the end of the video and it will forever solidify this song as being one of my favorites.

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

To keep up with Tenille Townes follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Jersey on the Wall” 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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Underwood, Combs, Church, Bryan, & Rhett to Open ACM Awards Show

Exclusively announced with Billboard earlier today, the 55th Annual ACM Awards unveiled what will be an epic start to the special show. 2020 Entertainer of the Year nominees Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan, will come together to perform a medley of their greatest hits.

Additionally, the awards show announced the winners of a few early awards. Thomas Rhett takes home the award for Video of the Year with his smash hit, “Remember You Young”. While Miranda Lambert earned the award for Music Event of the Year for her collaboration on “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” along with female powerhouses Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, and Elle King. Hit songwriter, Hillary Lindsey received the award for Songwriter of the Year.

Previously, the awards show also confirmed the winners of the New Female and New Male Artists of the Year. Tenille Townes and Riley Green earned the accolades, and will each perform during the special show.

The rescheduled 55th annual awards show will air this Wednesday, September 16th on CBS at 8PM ET.  Hosted by superstar Keith Urban, this time performances will take place at multiple iconic venues across Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. This is the first time that the show will be held in Nashville in the award shows history. For a full list of performers, click here.

Although it is sure to be different, we feel that this might be the most incredible ACM Awards yet. The 2020 ACM Awards, “A Night of Heart and Hits” will be exactly what the country music community needs during these times. Make sure to gear up for the big night and set your DVR’s for 8PM ET on September 16th and follow along on Twitter as we live-tweet the show, @NYCountrySwag.

Fans can also join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming performance announcements in the coming weeks.

To keep up with the Academy of Country Music, follow along here on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, and Hillary Lindsey Take Home Early ACM Awards

Ahead of the 55th Annual ACM Awards set to take place this Wednesday, September 16th, three early winners were revealed.

Thomas Rhett takes home the award for Video of the Year with his smash hit, “Remember You Young”. While Miranda Lambert earned the award for Music Event of the Year for her collaboration on “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” along with female powerhouses Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, and Elle King. Hit songwriter, Hillary Lindsey received the award for Songwriter of the Year.

Announced earlier today (Sept. 14), The awards show also unveiled a surprise performance opening the show; each of the Entertainer of the Year nominees Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan, will come together to perform a medley of their greatest hits.

Additionally, the awards show recently announced the winners of the New Female and New Male Artists of the Year. Tenille Townes and Riley Green earned the accolades, and will each perform during the special show.

The rescheduled 55th annual awards show will air this Wednesday, September 16th on CBS at 8PM ET.  Hosted by superstar Keith Urban, this time performances will take place at multiple iconic venues across Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. This is the first time that the show will be held in Nashville in the award shows history. For a full list of performers, click here.

Although it is sure to be different, we feel that this might be the most incredible ACM Awards yet. The 2020 ACM Awards, “A Night of Heart and Hits” will be exactly what the country music community needs during these times. Make sure to gear up for the big night and set your DVR’s for 8PM ET on September 16th and follow along on Twitter as we live-tweet the show, @NYCountrySwag.

Fans can also join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming performance announcements in the coming weeks.

To keep up with the Academy of Country Music, follow along here on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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SHOP THE HERO COLLECTION

The Hero Collection by NYCountry Swag is inspired by the men and women of the Fire, Police and Military Departments across the country. A portion of sales from each purchase is donated to different foundations that support our heroes. We are dedicated to honoring their service and remembering their sacrifice.

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Thank You for supporting Country Music in NYC & Beyond!

Subscribe to our Weekly Round-Up here 
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and all things country music in the New York metro area and beyond!

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