I first came across Nashville’s Emma White on a trip to music city in June last year, pouring her heart out at one of the weekly Song Suffragette shows, and I was immediately drawn to her tender, emotional vocals and intelligent lyrics.
Her new single, “Ten Year Town”, is a perfect example of both, and the acoustic arrangement of this ballad ( guitar and pedal steel led, drums gently kicking in after the first chorus ) really focuses your attention on what she has to say about an artist trying to break through in Nashville. ……a female artist in particular.
While Emma’s experiences and observations aren’t always pretty, she’s definitely not someone who shies away from writing about the the truth. The frustrations and dilemmas she sings about will no doubt resonate with many musicians as well as being powerfully thought provoking to those of us outside the industry.
But ultimately Nashville is a town that sucks you in if you are an artist, and you carry on as tomorrow may just be the day when your dreams are fulfilled and you become that “ overnight success “ . Whether it takes you the typical ten years referred to in the title, or longer. A stunner of a single, Emma, thank you.
Review written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)
As you can see from the poster above, Emma is on a small tour of the UK right now, and is appearing at Buckle and Boots soon after this post has gone live. A further performance in London takes place on Monday, and then we are delighted that Emma is joining us at Nashville Calling (in association with Black Barn Music) on Tuesday Evening! Sam Coe and the Long Shadows are the headline band on the night, while Emma is the main support and performing an extended set. Also appearing are Elliott Joseph and host Hannah Paris! For tickets, click here – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/471811