I’m just going to go ahead and get this out of the way, Carly is one of my favorite artists in country music right now.
In a time where country music seems to take a hard line towards traditional country or pop country, Carly finds her home with an authentic blend of both.
The 27 year old Kentucky native got her start singing bluegrass tunes and even quit high school to pursue a job performing at Dollywood when she was 16. After years of hits and misses in Nashville, including a failed developmental deal with a major label, Carly has hit her stride with writer/producer busbee and a deal from Big Machine Label Group.
That leaves us here. A few days away from Carly’s debut album Every Little Thing.
The album begins with a fiery blend of beat-heavy twang and seductive tension. “Hide The Wine” finds Carly not trusting herself, but you almost find yourself not believing the wine is going stay put forever. “Catch Fire” holds a similar energy and features Carly’s bluegrass influence with some dirty slide licks.
For me, Carly’s wheelhouse is that natural angst in her voice. In “If My Name Was Whiskey,” “I Need A Ride Home,” “Dare Ya,” and of course, “Every Little Thing,” Carly sings with such conviction and a raw emotion that you believe every word she says. You can feel the heartache and longing riddled throughout each word, instantly connecting to the listener. Between the hauntingly beautiful tone of her voice, the quality songwriting, or the fact that she’s lived each and every word of these songs, “Every Little Thing” is a comprehensive display of unapologetic authenticity that isn’t always easy to find these days.
Recently, country music has seen young female stars like Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and Lauren Alaina explode to become household country music names, snagging up nominations, hit songs and accolades. With Every Little Thing, Carly Pearce cements herself right into that conversation. Whether it knows it or not quite yet, Carly Pearce is everything country music needs right now and, although it may be too early to call, as far as album of the year goes, Carly Pearce is going find herself right near the top of my list.
“Every Little Thing”
“I Need A Ride Home”