Megan Moroney Brings The Sad Songs And Sass On Debut Studio Album, ‘Lucky’

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This album is a huge win for country music.

Megan Moroney’s major label debut album Lucky is out everywhere today, and it is quite a statement from the Georgia native.

It’s girly, feminine and fun, but it’s also reflective, deep and downright sad a lot of the time too. If you ask me, that’s pretty much a perfect combination.

Of course, if you don’t immediately recognize her name, you’ve probably heard Megan’s Platinum-certified hit “Tennessee Orange” on the radio or TikTok. It’s also climbing the charts at country radio very quickly, and is on pace to crack the Top 10 very soon.

She’s certainly one of the next big things in the genre, if you will, and it’s quite frankly been a long time since I’ve heard a debut album from the female perspective that was this fresh and unique.

Maybe it’s because we’re the same age or at similar stages in life and I just relate to everything she’s saying here, but I do think there’s a lot on this album that everyone can enjoy, too, which is always important on a debut like this.

Meg shared a post on Instagram saying that each of the 13 songs tells a different story, adding that she hopes fans will be able to tell that she’s lived every single one of them:

“I picked these 13 song because each one tells a different story. Prepare to feel all the things, because there’s a little bit of everything… happy songs, funny songs, empowering songs and of course, sad songs.

There’s no denying that there’s a lot of hurt in this record, but nothing has healed my heart the way songwriting has. I think you’ll be able to tell I’ve lived all these stories, and if you have too, I hope you know you’re not alone and it’ll all be okay…

I hope y’all love ‘Lucky’ as much as I do, cheers to country music. God bless y’all.”

She released four singles in the lead-up to today, including “Girl in the Mirror,” “Tennessee Orange,” as well as “I’m Not Pretty” and the boot-stompin’ title track.

They were a pretty good representation of the variety of songs on the full project, but if you clicked on this post today, I assume you want to know where to start or what some of the standout tracks are.

So without further ado, let’s get into it…

“Kansas Anymore”

A co-write by Meg with Luke Laird, Lori McKenna and Rodney Clawson, I love the play on words here and how she compares the guy she loved to Kansas and all the good times they had there. Of course, those are some of the best writers in the game, so it’s no surprise this is one of my favorites.

It’s also one of those sad songs she mentioned, so of course I was immediately drawn to it, and the simple, stripped-back production lets her gritty voice shine:

“Sleep On My Side”

This production has a little bit of a Kacey Musgrave’s feel to it, and that’s more than alright by me. With an upbeat production, Meg delivers a searing statement that this guy is no good, and he’s certainly not fooling her.

The chorus is so sassy and fun, thanks to the penmanship of Meg, Ben Williams and Steven McMorran:

“And that don’t make you Mr. Wrong
But you’re far from Mr. Right
’Cause I’m a glass of red fine wine
And you’re a bad idea on ice
It’s good that we’re so different, but when the day is done
I sleep on my side
And you sleep with everyone”

I mean, how can you not love that…

“Traitor Joe”

I think this will be a quick hit among fans. Megan tries to warn Joe, a guy she has her eye on, that his girlfriend is cheating on him and he deserves better.

The wordplay is really fun on this one too, and has a really catch melody that will get stuck in your head from the first listen:

“Sad Songs For Sad People”

This song is definitely not what I expected just from reading the album title. Megan says that she “writes sad songs for sad people,” though she’s met a boy that has seemingly changed her, because she “wrote this love song for you,” which is not something she’d normally do.

It has a little bit of a jazzy, bluesy production and a mention of Willie Nelson’s classic “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, which is always a plus in my book.

And I think “Why Johnny” will become a very fast fan-favorite too:

It’s clear from this album that Meg is a superstar in the making, and she definitely brings a unique sound and perspective to the mainstream that feels like we haven’t had since Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert first came onto the scene.

That quick wit and very southern, sassy writing always resonates with me, and I love her twangy, gritty vocals and ability to deliver these songs straight from the heart.

I don’t know how much “luck” was involved with this album, but Megan is extremely talented and I can’t wait to see where her career goes from here, because she is quickly on her way to the top.

And if you wanna catch her out on the road this year, she’s heading out on her headlining Lucky tour this fall.

Lucky tour dates:

20 | New York City, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
21 | West Springfield, MA – The Big E
22 | Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
23 | Washington, D.C. – The Hamilton
28 | Saint Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
29 | Indianapolis, IN – 8 Seconds Saloon
30 | Chicago, IL – Joe’s on Weed St.
13 | Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
14 | Bakersfield, CA – Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
19 | Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
20 | Salt Lake City, UT – The Grand at The Complex
21 | Grand Junction, CO – Warehouse 25 Sixty-Five
25 | Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
26 | San Diego, CA – Moonshine Beach
27 | Las Vegas, NV – Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
2 | New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
3 | Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Ballroom
4 | Dallas, TX – The Studio at The Factory
7 | Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
8 | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ –⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
9 | Charlotte, NC – Coyote Joe’s
10 | Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

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