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.
Love her music or hate it — you've definitely noticed Rachel Platten. Her debut single off this album, Fight Song, was pretty much impossible to avoid if you listened to the radio or had a general awareness of pop culture. And thanks to an opening spot on the "Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too" tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri as well as promotion by Taylor Swift on her Twitter, her other music is getting noticed too. (She's nearly impossible to avoid if you listen to Coast 93.3 at all.) The songs on Wildfire range from deeply emotional to poppy and optimistic, with plenty of love songs thrown in the mix. I'm one of the people who loves her. (Track by track review after the Read More break.)
New country artist and former pop artist Cam has already made a splash in the country world with her debut EP "Welcome to Cam Country" and her singles "My Mistake" and "Burning House". In her debut album as a country artist, Cam further defines her sound, releasing more beautiful ballads as well as raucous country songs and pop-influenced anthems. Of the new songs, the ballads are the best, but some of the upbeat country songs fall flat
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.
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").
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.
[Updated 3/12 with reviews of Beautiful Things and Hollow!]
Tori Kelly's had a long road to her debut album — an independent EP, a major label EP, elimination from American Idol and opening slots on tours for Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. But with her debut album, blending acoustic songs, R&B and rap, it's evident that her record deal is well deserved, and American Idol made a mistake letting her go. (A side note — why are so many things leaking lately? Have some respect for the artists, people. I'm pretty sure it's easy enough to wait until it's officially released or officially available to stream.)
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