Throwback To Hailey Whitters’ Fantastic Live Performance Of “Janice at the Hotel Bar” In 2019

Hailey Whitters has a new record dropping TONIGHT at midnight.

Her third studio album, Raised, promises to be one of the best of the year, and I can’t wait to hear all seventeen songs on the tracklist, especially that duet with American Aquarium on “Middle Of America”.

With this big release right around the corner, I wanted to take a look back at a song from her 2020 second studio album, The Dream, and a song called “Janice at the Hotel Bar”.

I could honestly never say enough good things about this song. Especially as a women, it’s all such solid advice and every word resonates so deeply. Written by Hailey along with her friend and frequent co-writer Lori McKenna, it’s a real-life how-to penned poetically-and it will hit you where it hurts.

Janice is a real person, and it comes through quite obviously in the lyrics. We need more Janices in the world… she’s a real badass, and you’ll want to be her best friend once you listen to this song.

I mean, Hailey comes out swinging with some of Janice’s little pearls of wisdom from the very first verse on:

“She believes in face cream at the Walgreens and ruby-red lips
She’d take a vodka over dessert, sugar goes straight to your hips
And she don’t smoke cigarettes ’cause it ain’t lady-like
She’ll cuss like a sailor, she ain’t afraid to fight
She mows her own lawn and talks on her landline
She’s got a granddaughter, still single, can’t say she’s surprised
Eats sardines by the can and berries from a vine
Be careful with the truth, girl, but don’t you ever lie”

Hailey even told Songfacts that Janice has heard the song before, and she’s a huge fan:

“She lives in Jersey and has heard the song. When we released the song, everyone started hashtagging #FindJanice, and her granddaughter reached out.

She commented on my social media and said, ‘I’m Janice’s granddaughter, I’m with her right now and she loves the song.'”

I find myself going back to this track often, and it’s one of my all-time favorite’s… and if you aren’t all that familiar with Hailey’s music yet, that’s all about to change after Raised.

Back in 2019, she did a fantastic live performance of “Janice” at Paste Studios in New York City that you absolutely need to see:

She released the lead single from Raised, “Everything She Ain’t”, back in January:

RAISED tracklist:

1. “Ad Astra Per Alas Porci” (Jordan Lehning, Pedro Palomino)
2. “Raised” (Hailey Whitters, Nicolle Galyon, Forest Glen Whitehead)
3. “Everything She Ain’t” (Hailey Whitters, Bryan Simpson, Ryan Tyndell)
4. “Big Family” (Hailey Whitters, Cameron Bedell, Nicolle Galyon)
5. “Middle Of America (feat. American Aquarium)” (Hailey Whitters, Bobby Pinson)
6. “Plain Jane” (Hailey Whitters, Hillary Lindsey, Cary Barlowe)
7. “College Town” (Hailey Whitters, Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins)
8. “Interlude” (Hailey Whitters, Pedro Palomino)
9. “Boys Back Home” (Hailey Whitters, Brandy Clark, Jessie Jo Dillon)
10. “Everybody Oughta” (Matt Roy, Craig Wiseman)
11. “Pretty Boy” (Hailey Whitters, Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas)
12. “The Neon” (Hailey Whitters, Rodney Clawson, Lori McKenna)
13. “The Grassman” (Hailey Whitters, Aaron Raitiere)
14. “Our Grass Is Legal” (Hailey Whitters)
15. “Beer Tastes Better” (Hailey Whitters, Lori McKenna)
16. “In A Field Somewhere” (Hailey Whitters, Jeff Hyde, Bryan Simpson)
17. “Ad Astra Per Alas Porci (Reprise)” (Jordan Lehning, Pedro Palomino)
A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock