“I was unsure where my music would be without Busbee” Carly Pearce admits, having lost her dear friend and collaborator so suddenly, a tragedy I am sure you are all well aware of. But she is convinced that the phenomenal response to her Lee Brice duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now” (the song went platinum and was nominated for CMA Song of the Year) was “a little bit of him telling me to stand tall, to walk forward, to know my life and my writing would carry my voice and my dream forward“.
And this is exactly what is happening for Carly, with the single “Next, Girl” climbing the US Country radio and streaming charts, the song part of a creative burst inspired by her time writing with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne which has also paved the way for her exciting new collection of seven songs ” 29″, due for release on February 19th via Big Machine Records. “The best songs come from the moment, from real creative spark – and Josh and Shane bring it out of me” Carly marvels.
The project (which include the afore mentioned “Next, Girl”) marks a grounding in a deeper kind of Country music which reaches down into the roots of what Carly grew up on, particularly her love of the strong women of ’90s country, with the songs measuring the realisations, hopes and letting go that comes with becoming an adult in full as she explains so beautifully in this video trailer for “29” https://CarlyPearce.lnk.to/ThisIs29PR
Talking further about the new music, Carly says “I feel lighter reflecting on the last year and pouring my soul into this music and wanted to share it in hopes that others to will take from the songs what they need. With streaming and social media, we were able record music for the sole purpose of letting my fans know where my heart is without any expectations. That’s a kind of immediacy that makes making records really exciting. I can’t wait to share 29.“
And when it comes to the production, it is described by Rolling Stone as “lean, highlighting Pearce’s impassioned delivery“. I must admit to being particularly excited about the title track, described as “The Judds’ -feeling …with its twin fiddle embellishments that suggests Loretta Lynn’s lyricism“. The track listing (see below) of course includes her moving tribute to busbee, “Show Me Around” as well as “Should’ve Known Better”, a new track released together with its lyric video last Friday which further showcases the “lean” production approach mentioned earlier and Carly’s ever-pure and emotional vocal delivery. On her socials, Carly explains how “I discovered a lot about myself this past year. How not to assign blame for overlooking things that in the end you should’ve known. This song is about finding peace in all relationships as you figure them out“.