Happy Monday, y’all.
Today for the Song of the Week, we have a brand new one from up-and-comer Lauren Watkins called “Camel Blues.”
On the heels of signing a deal with Big Loud Records/Songs & Daughters, the Nashville native released two brand new tunes last Friday, “Camel Blues” and “Shirley Temple.”
A co-write by Lauren along with Jonathan Gamble, Lauren Hungate, and Matt Morrisey, the video for “Camel Blues” was shot on the road to Oxford, Mississippi, and Lauren says she wrote it about the younger version of herself.
In the lyrics, she details how a cheap cigarette is the most efficient way to get her nicotine fix, and the inspiration came from time she spent smoking on the patio of her favorite college bar:
“I wrote ‘Camel Blues’ about a younger version of me…who might still show up every once in a while.
I remember smoking cigarettes on the patio of one of my favorite college bars or being stressed out and just wanting to drive around with a cigarette and a gas station coffee.
There’s something nostalgic about it to me, and I think the song encompasses that. It’s just about gettin’ the blues and needing a way to cope.”
It has a beautiful melody and pretty relatable subject matter (we all have a vice, amirite?), and is a very solid major label debut single that makes me excited to hear what more she has coming on the full project.
In addition to the aforementioned two singles, Lauren will release an introductory EP of sorts called Introducing: Lauren Watkins this coming Friday, which will include five more new, original tunes.
Do yourself a favor and give “Camel Blues” a download, and stay tuned for much more from Lauren coming soon… she’s definitely a young Nashville artist to keep your eye on.
Introducing: Lauren Watkins tracklist:
1. Sleeping In My Makeup (Lauren Watkins, Tofer Brown, Lauren Hungate, Meg McRee)
2. Camel Blues (Lauren Watkins, Jonathan Gamble, Lauren Hungate, Matt Morrisey)
3. Anybody But You (Lauren Watkins, Rodney Clawson, Mark Holman, Ernest Keith Smith)
4. Grain of Salt (Lauren Watkins, Andrew DeRoberts, Lauren Hungate)
5. Shirley Temple (Lauren Watkins, Nicolle Galyon, Meg McRee)
6. Ole Miss (Lauren Watkins, Adam James, Mikey Reaves)
7. Dark Places (Lauren Watkins, Shane McAnally, Caroline Watkins)