Carly Pearce Gets Chance to Tell Her Full Story in True Country
Carly Pearce just continues to prove that she’s a bright spot in the mainstream of country, and is making us proud once again. The only problem with the EP she released earlier this year entitled 29 was just that: it was only an EP. The seven songs seemed to denote a new direction for Carly back to her country roots that are strong and true and have just been waiting for the right opportunity to poke out through the surface.
Well now after the initial success she’s doubling down on that approach by releasing a proper full-length album called 29: Written in Stone, due out on September 17th. “I realized, as much as ’29’ captured a moment, I wasn’t done with the story,” Carly Pearce says, and though the new album will include the seven songs we already heard on the EP, it will also include eight new ones.
And Carly Pearce isn’t leaving any room for us to guess if the new songs will be like the old songs and double down on her more traditional country approach. Along with the new album announcement, Carly Pearce has released the single “Dear Miss Loretta” she co-wrote herself, which might be even more traditional than most or all the tracks on the 29 EP. Oh, and it features Patty Loveless to boot.
“To hear Patty Loveless sing your words, there’s no way to describe that sensation,” Pearce says. “Her voice is Appalachia, those mountains and hollers are country music. To think a year ago I was asking myself, ‘What would Patty Loveless do?’ thinking about all her songs, how smart and sassy she always was… and now she’s on one of mine.”
And to top it all off, Carly Pearce is being officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on August 3rd—the day she’s announcing all of this. She actually debuted “Dear Miss Loretta” on the Opry stage that helped make Loretta Lynn famous in March, saying at the time, “It wasn’t until the last year that I really felt what she’s sang about all these years, and just how much we really do have in common.”
Born in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, Carly Pearce developed an interest in country music at an early age from her grandparents, and was playing bluegrass at 11, declaring proudly in one home video that she would play the Grand Ole Opry someday. She dropped out of school at 16 after trying out for the “Country Crossroads” show at Dollywood and winning the job. She then convinced her family to move to Pigeon Forge with her.
Now after years of playing the game in Nashville, Carly is finally getting to record and perform the kind of country music she wants, and the kind of country music many country fans want from her.
29: Written in Stone is now available for pre-order.
1. “Diamondback” (Carly Pearce, Kelsea Ballerini, Tofer Brown, Shane McAnally)
2. “What He Didn’t Do” (Carly Pearce, Ashley Gorley, Emily Shackelton)
3. “Easy Going” (Carly Pearce, Natalie Hemby, Josh Osborne)
4. “Dear Miss Loretta” (featuring Patty Loveless) ( Carly Pearce, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally)
5. “Next Girl” ( Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
6. “Should’ve Known Better” (Carly Pearce, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton)
7. “29” (Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
8. “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (featuring Ashley McBryde) (Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde)
9. “Your Drinkin’, My Problem” (Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Ben West)
10. “Liability” (Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
11. “Messy” (Carly Pearce, Sarah Buxton, Jimmy Robbins)
12. “Show Me Around” (Carly Pearce, Emily Shackelton, Ben West)
13. “Day One” (Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey)
14. “All The Whiskey In The World” (Carly Pearce, Jordan Terry Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton)
15. “Mean It This Time” (Carly Pearce, Jordan Terry Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton)
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
August 3, 2021 @ 1:33 pm
Yo corporate Nashville,
EPs aren’t albums. Stop marketing them as such.
The CMA nominee showcase is full of EPs up for “Album of the Year” , including Carly’s 29 EP.
Wilson Pick It
August 3, 2021 @ 1:48 pm
Except they kinda are.
What’s the difference between an EP and a short album? Not much.
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
August 3, 2021 @ 3:40 pm
Album should be at bare minimum 9 songs…
Eps are usually 3 to 7 songs…
Plus, EPs are typically only digital. No physical releases. But Nashville has been releasing limited physical copies of some EPs lately.. Doesn’t make sense.
August 3, 2021 @ 9:26 pm
EPs are released as physical media all the time.
Country Charley Crockett's Butter
August 4, 2021 @ 8:59 am
They are? Like as CDs, vinyl?
I’ve noticed some are released in a limited way only on the artists’ website. But at your local Target, they usually don’t have them… They only have the full studio albums.
August 4, 2021 @ 5:47 am
29 has been my favorite song of the year by a long shot thus far. The first time I heard it, it broke me, as I went through something similar when I was 22. I enjoyed the EP and this song, and I can’t wait for the entire album.
August 4, 2021 @ 6:23 am
Los Lobos won their first Grammy for a song released on an EP (early 80’s). Personally I sort of agree with you, but I was reading an interview with LL yesterday and thought it was interesting.
August 3, 2021 @ 2:34 pm
Watched her perform the song on the opry just acoustic and loved the performance then today I was listening to patty loveless and saw a lyric video of this song and thought cool she added Patty as a background vocalist….nope she has Patty sing it and the production is exactly what you want. I thought I wonder if You would cover this and bam here it is.
August 3, 2021 @ 3:40 pm
Liked the EP but didn’t get around to buying it. Kinda glad about that now as I’d rather buy the whole disc.
August 3, 2021 @ 3:45 pm
Patty Loveless is one of my favorite singers of all time.
August 3, 2021 @ 5:03 pm
Me too! I feel like she is the greatest female country singer of 90’s. Every year I always go through a Patty loveless phase and just listen to her exclusively. She’s very underrated.
August 3, 2021 @ 6:23 pm
Agree on Patty Loveless. Shes on the top of my list of all-time greats. Those two Mountain Soul albums are the greatest!
August 3, 2021 @ 4:14 pm
I’ve liked Carly’s first two albums. This one sounds even more promising. Carly always had country flavoring with her first two albums (Dobro prominence!) but I think her producer moved her more towards the country pop sound. That isn’t meant to be a knock on busbee, may he RIP. Just the way he produced. Going to be very interesting to see if having a new producer will change things for Maren Morris
August 3, 2021 @ 5:54 pm
Patty on this track was worth the price pf admission .its just been too long since i’ve heard new stuff from her. i love her .
carly pearce ? …jury’s still out . i’m not sure there’s enough character in her vocal to set her apart ..like Loretta , Patty , Sierra Ferrell , Melissa Carper ,Lainey Wilson , Charlie Marie , Miranda ..etc..still feels a bit ‘safe’ for the label .
but kudos to her for writing a song ABOUT SOMETHING …
North Woods Country
August 3, 2021 @ 6:10 pm
I think you’re underselling her vocals due to the mostly forgettable early music. There’s no question who it is when her songs come on and you hear the first vocals.
August 3, 2021 @ 6:46 pm
I am glad for Carley though I have always thought her live performance is a wide gap from studio. Regardless, glad for what she is doing. Good stuff.
August 3, 2021 @ 11:12 pm
Enjoyed her 29 ep and looking forward to this new album as she is moving towards a more traditional country sound. Doesn`t hurt that she is also gorgeous..
August 4, 2021 @ 5:49 am
In the mainstream world of country music where the majority of women are pop stars with banjos buried deep in the background, it’s encouraging that some one like Carley is attempting to push her music back to a more country sound. I think Dear Miss Loretta is my favorite song from her so far. Here is to hoping that she and new artists like Lainey Wilson can change the narrative that you have to sound like Kelsea Ballerina or Marin Morris to be a successful female country artist.
Speaking of female pop country stars. Has anyone heard Caroline Jones cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love? While the song is not a honky tonk romp or traditional country song, I was bit surprised at the level of musical talent that Caroline and her band show on this song. This girl has the talent to be a superstar that has been hidden in the pop country trappings of her output so far.
August 4, 2021 @ 11:06 am
Loretta just posted a lovely tweet about Carly and the song. I saw her open for Blake few years ago. Didn’t know who she was but boy what a voice. Then she joined him for Lonely Tonight. She nailed it. Glad to see her coming into her own. Thanks for the heads up about the album Trig.
August 9, 2021 @ 7:25 am
Man, I dig this song. And I dig HER. I am looking forward to this album.
August 11, 2021 @ 6:25 am
Well desrved. She is easily in my top three mainstream female country artists of today.