By Austyn Hutchison
Nashville based country singer Brit Taylor will be releasing her new album Kentucky Blue on February 3rd. She has released four singles from the upcoming album, “Ain’t a Hard Livin”, “Rich Little Girls”, “Kentucky Blue”, and “Cabin in the Woods”. I had the pleasure of seeing Brit Taylor live when her and her husband, Adam Chaffins, opened for Blackberry Smoke at The Roxian Theater. I got to hear some of these new songs and was reeled in by their musical ability (and country charm) instantly.
The EP of new singles starts off with “Ain’t a Hard Livin”, a sweet country love song about how the woes of life aren’t so bad when you find the right person to go through them with. “I’d follow you to Timbuktu, because it ain’t a hard livin’ when I’m loving on you” sums up this message perfectly, an ideal true love that’s good no matter where you find yourself in the world.
“Rich Little Girls” is an anthem about the passion and drive that musicians have to pursue their goals. The chorus nails this theme with the lines “9 to 5, honey I wish/ more like 24/7/ the only days off that I’m gonna get/ is when I get to heaven”. During her set at the Roxian Theater, Brit prefaced this song with a story of how she found her way into the world of making music, the struggles to find her place, and the joy when she finally did. She dedicates it to all those waiting tables, delivering food and all other odd jobs us musically passionate outcasts will do to get some time in the studio and the music out of their heart.
Of course, no country album is complete without one or two songs that tug at the heartstrings, and that’s where the next single “Kentucky Blue” steps in. A story of a love turned cold, white lies, and the lonesome aftermath. It’s a song that even non-country fans can relate to, because we all go through these times in our lives. I really enjoy this song’s use of different state names in the opening lines about being Texas tired, New York wired, Louisiana lonesome, Colorado high, and of course, Kentucky Blue.