Get to know the name Misty River. A traditional roots artist who started her career as a fiddle player, fans of Allison Kraus, Brandi Carlile, and The Chicks will adore her. Misty writes from personal experience using her songs to say what’s she’s uncomfortable saying in conversation. Her latest release, “Walk Me to The River” is an uplifting track about resilience, identity and coming together during a time of adversity. Watch the music video featuring Chris Powell (Brandi Carlile, Brent Cobb) on drums and Peter Levin on Hammond below. It was also picked up by Netflix in “A Secret Love” alongside Valerie June. Misty River has become a part of the moment of rising Black female Americana artists and even turned to the men in the room and said, “I want to do this myself; this is me. A statement of who I am and what I can do.”
Her resilience will take her far as she returns to the stage again. She described the experience of returning to the stage with her band as, “Incredible. Nothing replaces that connection with the audience, it makes your music come alive.”
Misty River is gearing up for the release of her debut album “Promises.” You can follow her on social media @mistyrivermusic and on her website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi
Dominique Pruitt has released her latest project! The 5 song EP, “Praying For Rain” can be found here. Growing up, Pruitt was raised by music. Her parents met when they both played for singer Engelbart Humperdinck. Her childhood was surrounded by music with musical birthday parties. Pruitt Always loved writing and performing but it was not until her 20s that she started writing songs. Growing up, she worshiped pop divas but cites her inspirations from Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, and Bonnie Raitt. Pruitt has always loved a wide range of genres. She grew up on 90s country with artists like Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, and Clint Black.
The “High in The Valley” singer describes this EP as “country love with a cinematic approach”. Pruitt went into the writing process as upbeat and, but it turned into somber. Pruitt said the writing process is natural if you “let it breathe it becomes its own”. The title track “High in the Valley” was written by Pruitt at 19 years old. At the time she wanted to make music and did not know what direction to go in, but the song turned out to be exactly what she had in mind.
Pruitt loves performing anywhere with great sound including at NPR’s Mountain Stage in Charleston, West Virginia. Pruitt has worked with Dave Darling (Glen Campbell and Jack Johnson) and Joseph Holiday. Pruitt wants people to know that you should “be independent and out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to say no if you do not like it [and] support the artists you love!"
Check out Dominique Pruitt’s website for all information on music, merchandise, and upcoming shows.
Author: Charles Hacker
Jennie List has released her first full length album! “How It Starts” can be found here. The Boston, Massachusetts born singer came from a music loving family and listened to Martina McBride, Vince Gill, and Reba McEntire growing up. List started out doing Broadway music but always had a love for the stories within country music but being from Boston, it was hard to imagine that one day it would become a reality. List knew she wanted to be in music, so she enrolled in the Audio Engineering camp at the famous Blackbird Studios (started by John McBride and wife, country star Martina McBride) in Nashville, Tennessee. She got to work with songwriters and in that moment, she knew songwriting was for her, not to mention the inspiration from the hit ABC show “Nashville” also helped her realize her dream for songwriting. She then took her experience to Belmont University’s Songwriting degree.
The “How It Starts” singer cites fellow Massachusetts songwriter extraordinaire Lori McKenna as her inspiration but also idolizes Dolly Parton. List describes this album as “Americana and Folk with Rock Elements”. List called on fellow Belmont peers to be her collaborators on this debut album. She worked with Dallas Jack (Maren Morris, Keith Urban, and Old Dominion) among many others. When performing, list loves to see people “smile or cry at certain songs. Just to see people a have a moment with my music is amazing”. When Jennie is not performing, she loves attending shows at the historic Ryman Auditorium. List would give aspiring artists the advice of “It is really hard and discouraging sometimes but it is worth it. It is a rewarding process, and you grow a lot as an artist and as an individual. Keep living life because the songs will be getting better”. Stay tuned for an upcoming project from List!
Check out her website for all information on her music, merchandise, and upcoming shows.
Drew Haley has released the first song “High In Denver” off of her upcoming EP. You can check it out HERE. The story of the song is all about being spontaneous as the opening line is “what’d you say we do something crazy because baby life has been so damn hard”. This song has more of an indie feel to it, which is a different direction from her last EP “Wildflower” which took on more of an Americana and Traditional Country sound. Haley has a voice similar to Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town as she has mastered the control of her runs all while still maintaining a light rasp with grit.
The song, written by Haley and produced by David Spencer (Carly Simon and Mickey Guyton) and Scotty Murray, is a great road tripping-free spirited song, especially when the lyrics at the end of the chorus state “Baby pack your bags, we’re gonna go everywhere”. Haley says that the upcoming EP is “100% honest, raw and created based on some of my personal experiences of being a mom and the highs and lows that go along with this crazy, messy, beautiful, ever-changing thing we call life.” Stay tuned for the full EP coming later this year!
In addition to her solo music career, Drew Haley is also a member of the country band Highway Women. Haley, along with 5 other females, L-R Jenane, Jess Paige, Bailey James, Gabrielle Vaughn, Kristen Kae, make up the group and are a “music band like no other bringing a musical movement to support other women in country music and beyond.”
You can find her new song “High In Denver” across all streaming platforms and on her website here.
Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Hannah Bell describes heartbreak with a depth and maturity that exceeds her age in her new single available now, “Collecting Dust.” This heartbreaker, written solely by Bell, touches on the relatable feeling of being stuck after a breakup and the reminders of the relationship that seem to be everywhere. Bell’s clear tone, talent for storytelling and beautiful melody will strike a chord with anyone who has struggled to break free from heartbreak - and wondered if they were the only one. Stream the song now here.
"The stage of heartbreak that hits me the most is how hard it is to get over someone when everything around me reminds me of them. With "Collecting Dust," I sat down on my bedroom floor and created the most honest song from this rollercoaster of emotion," says Hannah Bell.
She may be young, but Bell is already making a place for herself in the country music scene, releasing more than six songs before the age of 20. Before starting her Junior year at Belmont University, and keeping up the momentum following her previous singles “The Butterfly Song” and “Get Rid Of It,” Bell is looking forward to meeting and playing for fans this summer. With her organic talent and storytelling ability, Hannah Bell is making her mark as a name to get used to.