Hudson Valley has released their cover of Old Dominion’s deep cut “Shut Me Up”, and frontwomen Sarah Owens tells us all about it! You can check out the cover here. ‘This song is a cover but not many people know it because it is a deeper cut from their catalog. We actually reach out to Old Dominion and they’ve heard it and gave us their blessing which is awesome!’ Owens is a rare case in country music. Due to the lack of female fronted bands, Sarah and the rest of Hudson Valley decided to go for it and create one! ‘I thrive in chaos, so I thrive to the fact that there are no other female fronted bands currently in country music. For women to succeed, you have to be thinner than Carrie Underwood and vocals better than anyone to make it. The decision to have myself as the female frontwomen of this band has gotten us farther than we could ever imagine and we really want to break the mold that plagues this genre,’ Hudson Valley just attended their first Country Radio Seminar (CRS) due to the fact that some of their previous music was charted on the Music Row Breakout list. At the time, you could find Hudson Valley on the charts in between Carrie Underwood and George Strait! ‘CRS was an amazing experience for us. Not just networking with industry professionals, but really seeing the best new acts out here. Artists like Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade, Cody Johnson and Lilly Rose really stuck out to us.’
Sarah grew up in Hudson Valley, New York and country music has been the only thing she has ever wanted to do! ‘I did commercial jingles at 6 years old and I always wanted this. Being from Hudson Valley, we never really had country music acts except for our local county fairs.’ One act that Owens saw at a local fair was Martina McBride, one of her musical heroes. ‘The reason I do this is because of Martina (McBride), Faith (Hill), and Trisha (Yearwood). To have those women in life growing up made me the person I am.’ In 2017, Sarah was contacted to do an artist development program as a female solo artist. ‘When I got to the program it was awesome to put faces to names, but once it got going, I saw they lack of female fronted bands in country music.’ In 2018, Owens and her husband, the drummer of Hudson Valley, Richie Owens, moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue the band as a full-time job. Since arriving in 2018, Hudson Valley scored their ongoing residency at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red bar. ‘I will argue with anyone who doesn’t think that Ole Red is the best sounding bar on Broadway. When you look the venue up on the internet, it is one of the few venues that says it is not a bar, but a live music venue’. Sarah wants aspiring artists to know that ‘you have to be resilient. There are so many no’s or not todays. This is not for the faint of heart and this will break you’.
Owens has teased that the band has recorded 5 new songs so make sure you follow Hudson Valley on Instagram at @officialhudsonvalley for any announcements and find more information on their website here.