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NECM’s WCW: Carly Pearce

We, at New England Country Music, are continuing our series spotlighting women in country music. While the acronym WCW, standing for ‘Women Crush Wednesday,’ is often used for physical attraction, that is not the case here. This series will feature talented women who are crushing the country music scene.

This week, we’re highlighting country artist Carly Pearce. The twenty-nine-year-old country singer is originally from Kentucky. She dropped out of school when she was sixteen and moved to Tennessee where she spent her days performing at Dollywood. At the age of nineteen, Pearce moved to Nashville where she was a featured vocalist on Josh Abbott Band’s single ‘Wasn’t That Drunk.’ She performed with the band and their success helped launch her solo career. In 2017, she landed a record deal with Big Machine Records and dropped her debut single, ‘Every Little Thing.’ It reached Number One on the Billboard Country Airplay Charts. She went on to release one studio album, also titled ‘Every Little Thing.’

As you probably know, Carly Pearce married our very own 2017 NECM Festival performer, Michael Ray. They tied the knot this past October at Drakewood Farm, just north of Nashville.

This WCW has been nominated for several prestigious awards. And in 2018, she won her first big award, the CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year for ‘Every Little Thing.’

Carly Pearce recently announced that her sophomore album will be released on Valentine’s Day, 2020. The track listing is a surprise until then, but we do know that ‘Closer to You’ and ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now,’ a duet with Lee Brice, will be included.

Hopefully you caught Carly Pearce when she was here in Massachusetts with Jason Aldean and Kane Brown this past September.

Be sure to download her latest single ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ on Apple Music here.

You can stay connected with Carly Pearce by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This is our final WCW for 2019. We hope you enjoyed reading about all the amazing women of country music!

You Don’t Want To Miss Out On Lewis Brice This Weekend!

Whether you are headed to a concert this weekend or not, Lewis Brice is an up and coming country star worth your attention. Garnering recognition as one of Rolling Stone Country’s New Country Artists You Need to Know and as one of Billboard’s Country Artists to Watch in 2018, Brice’s momentum is only expected to speed up as he releases new music. We were more than happy to get the chance to talk to him this week in anticipation of his local performances this weekend.

Lewis only expressed excitement as he discussed his upcoming stretch of shows is New England. Performing for four nights this weekend, Lewis will open for his older brother, Lee Brice on Thursday, July 18 at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH; Friday, July 19 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA; Saturday, July 20 at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA; and Sunday, July 21 at Bold Point Park in East Providence, R.I. During his free time here he looks forward to getting some clam chowder and spending time with his brother. He revealed to us that he sees Lee more on the road than at home due to their touring schedules and definitely hinted that we could expect the pair to appear on stage together, as we have seen in years past.

Lewis Brice performing with Lee Brice at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in 2017

Lewis had nothing but positive things to say about our New England venues and crowds. Speaking of the spinning stages at the Melody Tent and Music Circus, Lewis told us, “You can lose your orientation a little bit, but its always a good experience and the crowd there, in the past, has just been real energetic, packed out, and very lively. It’s so much fun; you get to see the different faces as you’re going around.” Lewis also mentioned the Casino Ballroom as one of his favorite venues telling us, “That place, man, every time its electric, so I really look forward to it.

Anyone who has seen Lewis perform at these venues over the past few years knows he was telling the truth when he described his performance style as “a little rowdy” while explaining that he likes to run around the stage and be animated. He told us that he likes to let his voice be his instrument rather than focusing on his guitar and gave credit to his home state of South Carolina for the “soul swampy feel” in his voice. Lewis pegged his music as a country southern rock style, but still admitted to his pop and R&B influences.

‘Summertime Vibes’ is the Lewis’ latest single with a video set to release on Monday. The song embodies what summer feels like, bringing Lewis’s trademark soulful sound. Co-written during the winter in Texas, with Nick Norman and Ben Simmonetti, Lewis said he got the idea for the song from “When I was a kid and was always told ‘When it’s cold, think warm thoughts.'” We asked what warm thoughts personally meant to him and Lewis mentioned memories of riding the lake with cousins at home and hanging out on the beach in Mexico with a little shot of tequila. This explained to us why some of his favorite lyrics from the song include the mention of Nashville Craig flipping over waves and Shootin’ Mezcal down in Mexico, Jumping jet skis up and down the coast.

Lewis talked a lot about how much fun filming the upcoming video for the song was. It seems to us that it will fit perfectly with the feel you get while listening because they truly spent time relaxing and having a good time on the lake. Lewis told us how one of his friends featured in the video is the 4th ranked wake boarder in the world and what a treat it was to watch the professional wake boarders do what they do best. Make sure to check out the video when it is released on Monday and for now you can listen to Lewis’s single ‘Summertime Vibes’ on all platforms here and keep up with all things Lewis Brice on his Facebook, Instagram, Website , and Twitter.

Lee Brice: ‘Rumor’ Single Review

Perhaps it’s the slower pace of life, the lower crime rate, or the lack of traffic that draws people to small town America. Grabbing a line from the Cheers theme song, it might simply be: Sometimes you want to go…Where everybody knows your name. A small town can attract those wanting the close-knit, family friendly lifestyle where everybody knows everybody. Though it’s certainly difficult to remain anonymous in a small town where people talk and rumors spread. Lee Brice describes just this in his most recent release titled ‘Rumor.’

Following his Top 20 hit ‘Boy’, ‘Rumor’ is the second single set to be released from his self-titled album that hit shelves back in November of 2017. Written by Brice, Ashley Gorley and Kyle Jacobs, it’s an emotional country song with a slight bluesy undertone. Listeners are first greeted with the soothing voices of a gospel choir. Brice mentions in his own bio that, “My musical upbringing is so different, it’s hard to explain to people…I’ve listened to things most people never heard of, a lot of gospel quartets: Gold City, the Gaither Vocal Band. I had a few cassettes, but most of my other music was what I taped off the radio.” His love of gospel sounds are surely evident here in this piece. ‘Rumor’ goes on to tell the story of a sultry relationship as the chorus sings: There’s a rumor going round about me and you. Stirring up our little town the last week or two. So tell me why we even trying to deny this feeling. I feel, don’t you feel it too?

Brice definitely has a special connection with us here in New England! His third number one song ‘I Drive Your Truck’ was written about Jared Monti, a decorated US Army soldier from right here in Massachusetts who was killed in Afghanistan. Come see Lee Brice this summer! He will be here in New England later this week! You can catch him at Indian Ranch in Webster, MA on July 22nd. If you’re a bit farther north, you can see Brice at The Maine State Pier in Portland, ME on August 8th. He’s ending his summer dates in New England at The South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA on August 9th.

Favorite Lyrics: Or you could lay one on me right now. We could really give them something to talk about.

You can purchase ‘Lee Brice’ which includes ‘Rumor’ on iTunes here.