Country music artist Hailey Georgia is best known for her song "Ridiculous" — but that reputation is mostly notoriety. Although her debut EP was released last year, she's recently released it on NoiseTrade. It's hard to decipher the meaning behind her EP as a whole, as the songs besides the title track seem to be about the same kind of thing that the title track satirizes. The EP as a whole presents varying perspectives on the archetypal, glamorized high school experience, with some songs glamorizing and some songs satirizing the same thing. Georgia's debut EP is a mixed bag in quality, but does have some solid tracks that show her promise as an artist.
Maggie Rose has come a long way since "Girl In Your Truck Song". Her "Tomato Tuesdays" series over last summer proved her confidence in her new music and showed her style, and now she's released her first project since 2013's "Cut to Impress". All of the songs in The Variety Show prove her to be a force to be reckoned with in country music, and much more than the girl in someone's truck song. Country music needs a voice like Maggie Rose.
Olivia Lane has made a name for herself in country music already with singles such as "Steal Me Away" and "You Part 2". "You Part 2", her most recent single, contained a rap bridge and highlighted the pop-leaning direction her music was going in. Her debut album "Heart Unlocked" contains many songs like "You Part 2", and also several ballads and tracks with a definite message. It's pitched as acoustic, but the majority of the songs are much too produced to truly be considered acoustic. Despite being less cohesive than would be ideal for a debut album, it has many highlights as well as containing several important messages and describing a journey of sorts that Olivia has taken in country music. (Track by track review after the break)
Lacey Caroline is one of the many female artists to come out of country music, but one of the few to come from a region that's not the South, and it shows in her music. Her second EP "One of the Guys" distinguishes her from the crowd, embracing a rock-influenced sound and highlighting her spunky personality.
Maren Morris is one of many up-and-coming female country singer-songwriters trying her hand at success in Nashville, but one of the few actually getting the success she deserves. She's written songs such as Kelly Clarkson's "Second Wind", and the music video for her debut single, "My Church", has over 2 million views on Youtube. Her first EP to come out on major outlets such as iTunes gives a taste of what's hopefully to come. There are several standout tracks, with the entire EP being written by well-known songwriters in addition to Morris herself.
The Y2K Mixtape is Kalie Shorr's first to be released through major outlets, as opposed to through her website, and is more of a proper album. Because of that, it's more produced than her first EP. It isn't quite as country as her previous EP, but that's to be expected, especially since she acknowledges that her music is a blend of country, pop and rock. Along with the single "Fight Like a Girl", the EP has more finished versions of two tracks that you might have heard on Kalie's Soundcloud ("Class of 2000" and "Break The Breakup").
2015 Mini-Reviews part 2, featuring Ashley Monroe, Halsey, Ellie Goulding and Alex G. (see Part 1 here).
Megan & Liz have had a tough road to success. Of course, there's the general sexism of the country "bro-country" takeover, which makes it hard for women to break into the country music genre. Then there's how they parted ways with their label two years ago. But they aren't letting anything like this deter them. With Deux, they're back, and showcasing their sound with an EP that's a combination of pop beats and country instrumentation and songwriting. Megan & Liz have finally found where they want to be in the country-pop continuum, and it works.
Lots of amazing songs were released this summer, and some that were....less than amazing. This singles rundown will cover, essentially, the ones I have the most to say about, because due to my fall schedule I have less time for this blog. Sorry!
Katelyn Tarver - Nobody Like You With this catchy, sarcastic gem of a song I can say with utmost confidence that Katelyn Tarver is back. I didn't enjoy Weekend Millionaires very much, but this track is excellent, and perfect for summer, with clever, catchy lyrics and complementary production. It's vaguely reminiscent in theme of A Little More Free, the title track off her 2011 EP, but different in nearly all other aspects, making it stand out. Now when is this album coming?
It's been five years since Laura Bell Bundy released her last album, and after many delays, the wait is finally over . Another Piece of Me is released on Big Machine Records, the same label group that houses Taylor Swift and Maddie & Tae. Another Piece of Me is well worth the wait (it was second place in the most anticipated summer albums poll on this blog), with excellent tracks written by Laura Bell Bundy herself, as well as almost all the well known country songwriters you can think of. Seriously. Name one, and that person probably worked on her album.
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