Whiskey Riff Song Of The Week: “Could’ve Been Her” By Ella Langley

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Caylee Robillard

Happy Monday, y’all.

Today for the Song of the Week, we have a new tune from Ella Langley called “Could’ve Been Her.”

From her just-released debut studio EP Excuse The Mess, the song is a beautiful stripped-back ballad where she very honestly details the fact that a relationship came to an end simply because she couldn’t and wouldn’t change herself for someone else.

Written by Ella along with Joybeth Taylor, Trannie Anderson and Will Bundy, I love the chorus where Ella explains that there probably were a few things she could’ve done to make it work by being untrue to herself, but refused to do so because “that wouldn’t be me”:

“If I’da shut my mouth, faked that smile
Probably coulda made it work for a while
Cried in the dark instead of screamin’
There wouldn’t be red wine stains on the ceilin’
If I’da buried my feelings
Pushed down the hurt and let you cheat
I coulda been her
But that wouldn’t be me”

I think it’s a pretty universally-relatable concept, but not one that I’ve heard in a song quite this way before with this kind of conviction, and it’s easily one of my favorites on her new project.

Her sincerity in the delivery and the simple production here is just perfect too, so definitely do yourself a favor and “Could’ve Been Her” to your playlist ASAP.

I’ve had the whole project on repeat already, and I’ve certainly worn out the repeat button on this one in particular…

“Could’ve Been Her”

Excuse the Mess tracklist:

1. “Make Me Wanna Smoke”
2. “Excuse the Mess”
3. “Could’ve Been Her”
4. “That’s Why We Fight (feat. Koe Wetzel)”
5. “Country Boy’s Dream Girl”
6. “Hell Of A Man”
7. “Where You Left It”
8. “Don’t We All”

Ella Langley 2023 tour dates:

6/11 Nashville, TN CMA Fest
6/16 Santa Rose, CA Country Summer Music Festival
6/22 Mack, CO Country Jam
6/29 St. Augustine, FL The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/2 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
7/20 Cullman, AL Rock The South
8/4 Quincy, WA Watershed Festival 2023
8/25 Belfast, Northern Ireland Ulster Hall
8/28 Glasgow, UK City Halls & Old Fruitmarket
8/29 Manchester, UK O2 Ritz Manchster
8/31 Bristol, UK O2 Academy Bristol
9/1 London, UK O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
9/3 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
9/4 Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan
9/6 Oslo, Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
9/7 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Hornstulls Strand
9/28 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
9/29 Pikeville, KY Appalachian Center Arena
9/30 Savannah, GA Enmarket Arena
10/5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/6 Estero, FL Hertz Arena
10/7 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Amphitheater
10/19 Brookings, CD Swiftel Center
10/20 Omaha, NE Baxter Arena
10/21 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
10/26 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
10/27 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
10/28 Everett, WA Angel of the Winds Arena
11/2 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/3 Missoula, MT Adams Center
11/4 Billings, MT First Interstate Arena
11/16 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
11/17 Oshawa, ON Tribute Communities Centre
11/18 Hershey, PA Giant Center
11/30 Independence, MO Cable Dahmer Arena
12/1 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
12/2 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena
12/8 Fresno, CA Fresno, CA
12/9 Las Vegas, NV Michelob Ultra Arena

A beer bottle on a dock



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