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NECM’s WCW: Maren Morris

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’s WCW is Maren Morris. The twenty-nine-year-old singer/songwriter is already a household name. Maren grew up in Texas with one younger sister. She began playing the guitar when she was twelve. She practiced playing throughout her teenage years and graduated from the University of Texas. Maren spent years in Nashville writing songs before she landed a record deal of her own. She co-wrote ‘Last Turn Home’ for Tim McGraw as well as ‘Second Wind’ for Kelly Clarkson. In 2015 Maren Morris debuted her self-titled, five track, EP. It gained the attention of Columbia Nashville, and she signed a record deal that September. She dropped her first studio album, ‘Hero,’ in 2016. With songs like ‘My Church,’ ‘80’s Mercedes,’ ‘I Could Use a Love Song,’ and ‘Rich,’ we knew that Maren was on to something big. Over the last few years, this WCW has released several singles. ‘Dear Hate,’ a collaboration with Vince Gill, was created after the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting. She worked with Thomas Rhett and together they dropped ‘Craving You’ in 2017. In January of this year, Morris dropped her second studio album, ‘GIRL.’ During its first week, the fourteen-track album had over 24 million streams and to date has sold over 37,000 copies. In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, she said: “Looking at the country radio chart the last year, more titles had the word ‘girls’ in them than actual girls on the radio. I think in my head I wanted to buck the trend a little bit and be like, ‘I’m a girl, and I’m going to sing about a girl, and I’m the girl.” Kudos to Maren for being a strong woman and representing women in such a positive way.

Maren Morris has received so much recognition in the music community. In 2016, Maren won her very first CMA Award: New Artist of the Year. In 2017, she took home a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance for ‘My Church.’ And she won Top Country Female Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

After three years of dating, Maren married fellow country music singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd in 2018. The duo are definitely #couplegoals.

We’re so excited to be able to say that Maren Morris will be in New England soon!

You can catch her at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on Thursday, September 5th.

And she’ll be playing at the Country 102.5 Street Party on Lansdowne Street in Boston, MA on Sunday, September 22nd.

Be sure to download ‘GIRL’ on Apple Music here.

You can stay connected with Maren Morris by following her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stay tuned for our next installment of WCW in country music. It is set to hit our page on Wednesday July 31st.

Maren Morris: ‘GIRL’ Single Review

Has anyone else been curious of where Maren Morris has been since her last single ‘Rich?’ Well, besides touring with Niall Horan, being a CMT Artist of the Year honoree, performing on the CMA’s and just living life, she ended the year with a handful of nominations for the upcoming GRAMMYs and kicked off this year with a big announcement!

We all knew something was coming when Maren refreshed her Instagram. Not only did she announce that she was headlining her own world tour but she released a brand new single, titled ‘GIRL.’

Opening with the electric guitar, Maren’s new ‘GIRL’ continues to bend genre lines and we aren’t complaining. This one serves as a reminder to those who need it, to pick your head up, to not lose your composure, it’s ok to feel down but you should stay strong. Co-written with Sarah Aarons and Greg Kurstin, Morris told The Highway on Sirius XM that she recognizes ‘that we all get caught up in social media comparing our lives to others and it’s just, BS. Everyone goes through their own struggles and everyone is fighting a battle of their own. This song, to a girl or a guy, is just saying no matter what, everyone has anxiety but everything’s gonna be ok.’

GIRL The World Tour hits the road in March with Cassadee Pope and Raelynn. These lovely ladies will be stopping in Boston at the House of Blues on April 27th. This is their only New England tour stop, be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out!

Favorite Lyrics:  What you feel is natural but I don’t wanna feel this anymore pick yourself up off the kitchen floor what you waitin’ for?

April Showers Bring May Flowers, But May Brings Concert Season!


The weather is finally warming up here in New England and all we can think about at NECM are the amazing shows coming our way this summer. There are twelve concerts with country performers heading to our big outdoor venues, The XFINITY Center in Mansfield, MA, and the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. This year the lineups are as stacked as ever with concerts featuring some of the biggest names in Country Music. Whether you have PIT tickets or like to kick it on the lawn you won’t want to miss these shows!

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Jason Aldean: High Noon Neon Tour
Lineup: Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, and DeeJay Silver.
XFINITY Theatre: Friday May 25th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday May 26th at 7:30 PM

Rascal Flatts: Back To Us Tour 2018

Rascal Flatts: Back To US Tour
Lineup: Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, and Carly Pearce
XFINITY Theatre: Friday June 8th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday June 9th at 7:30 PM

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Country 92.5 Presents: Sam Hunt at Damon & Cory’s Summer House Party
Lineup: Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, and Conner Smith
XFINITY Theatre: Friday June 29th at 8 PM

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton: All American Road Show
Lineup: Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, and Brent Cobb
XFINITY Center: Saturday June 30th at 7 PM

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Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town: The Bandwagon Tour
Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Turnpike Troubadours, and Tenille Townes
XFINITY Theatre: Friday July 20th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday July 21st at 7 PM – Presented by WKLB

Keith Urban: Graffiti U World Tour

Keith Urban: Graffiti U World Tour
Lineup: Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini
XFINITY Center: Saturday August 4th at 7:30 PMBrad Paisley Tour 2018

Brad Paisley: Weekend Warrior World Tour
Line up: Brad Paisley and Tyminski
XFINITY Center: Saturday August 11th at 7:30 PM

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker Summer Plays On Tour

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker: Summer Plays on Tour
Lineup: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Russell Dickerson
XFINITY Theatre: Saturday July 28th at 7 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday September 22nd at 7 PM

Maren Morris: opening for Niall Horan’s: Flicker World Tour 
Niall Horan and Maren Morris
XFINITY Theatre: Friday September 24th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday September 8th at 7 PM

Outlaw Music Festival

Willie Nelson: Outlaw Music Festival
Lineup: Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid.
XFINITY Center: Friday September 21st at 3 PM 

Kid Rock+Brantley Gilbert: Red Blooded RocknRoll Redneck Extravaganza

Kid Rock + Brantley Gilbert: Red Blooded RocknRoll Redneck Extravaganza
Lineup: Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert, and Wheeler Walker Jr.
XFINITY Center: Saturday September 29th at 6:30 PM

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Zac Brown Band: Down The Rabbit Hole Live!
Lineup: Zac Brown Band
XFINITY Theatre: Sunday September 30th at 7 PM

Be prepared on show day. Plan ahead and arrive early to allow for time to park, enter the venue, and to purchase food or drinks.  For more information about the venues’ policies, procedures, and show day information you can visit the XFINITY Theatre and XFINITY Center websites.

Photos from XFINITY Center Facebook, XFINITY Theatre Facebook, and XFINITY Center Website.

Maren Morris: ‘Rich’ Single Review

With recent ACM nominations being announced, Maren Morris is an artist to be talking about. Following last year’s win of ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year, she holds 4 nominations as we await this year’s ACM Awards. Nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with ‘Craving You’ with Thomas Rhett in addition to artist and producer for ‘Dear Hate,’ Morris has an exciting year ahead of her.

Morris has paved the road for herself building her reputation as a songwriter, where she met her fiancé Ryane Hurd, but decided to take on the task of singing and performing and has built quite the reputation for herself as a singer songwriter.  Morris released her first LP ‘HERO’ in 2016 which contained singles we’ve come to know and love like ‘I Could Use A Love Song,’ ’80s Mercedes’ and GRAMMY winning ‘My Church.’ And finally her 4th single, ‘Rich,’ written by Morris herself, Jessie Jo Dillon and Laura Veltz.

Sony Music Nashville writes Morris is “most at home when bending genre lines” and ‘Rich’ is a perfect display of just that.  Opening with if I had a dollar every time that I swore you off, and a rock R&B feel ‘Rich’ proves itself to be a song full of sass and swagger.  She la-di-da’s us into illustrating how rich she’d be if she really did have a dollar, a dime or a Benjamin for everytime she was lied to, let down or had her heart broken. She’d have head to toe Prada, Benz in the driveway, yacht in the water, Vegas at the Mandarin, high roller gambling, me and Diddy drippin’ diamonds like Marilyn.  Although Morris jokes about how rich she’d be, having promises broken and having more IOU’s than I Love You’s isn’t a situation you want to be in. Some of us may not be happy about it but it’s easily relatable, which makes it an extremely catchy song!  She gets it and jokes, I told myself I wouldn’t do this again but how much you wanna bet I’mma do this again?

Morris will be on tour with Niall Horan this year following her Renegade Revival Run dates after recently announcing his backing from financial firm Sambla.  You can catch the two of them kicking off Flicker World Tour this summer.   Grab your tickets while she visits us in New England this September, find your venue here!

Favorite Lyric: Every promise you made me would have some real value cause all the little lies rolling off your lips is money falling from the sky.

Morris re-released ‘HERO’ in 2017 as a Deluxe Edition which included a few new songs, including ‘Rich’, both are available here!