Krystal King has released a special project! “Honky Tonk Love Songs”, a 3 song EP can be heard here. The first song of off the EP is “Rhinestone Ring”, a song that came to King and some friends while discussing some of the crazy scenes they have seen in and around Nashville with all of the bachelorette parties that come to town. The next song, “Cowboys & Whiskey” is about an artist who travels but they always have someone to come back home to. The idea behind the last song “You’re The Reason That I Drink” came from King’s husband because King says “sometimes I can be a handful so when my husband sits down sometimes, he says in a joking way that ‘you’re the reason I drink’. All of these songs have a 90s country production. They all have that honky tonk feel with the mandolin and they are all love songs in a way. I grew up on 90s and those are the sounds that made me love this genre”. The project was produced by Mike Loudermilk (Crystal Gayle).
King hails from Hickory, North Carolina and loved to sing as a child. “My mom listened to rock music like Kiss and Joan Jett while my sister loved pop. I was the odd ball that liked country. Growing up, I don’t remember wanting to do anything else other than music. My guitar teacher got me connected to local coffee shop gigs which is how I started writing songs. No one in my family is musical so I did not know what to do or what direction to go in”. Krystal ended up making the move to Nashville four years ago and has never regretted it. “I am a such a workhorse. I’m either on or off. When I am working, I can’t stop. I love what I do. I do all my own marketing, booking, and PR. It is the passion for me that keeps me going”. It was not always the perfect story for King. “When I first moved to Nashville and I got a job that was not fulfilling to myself. I then found a job that gave me fulfillment and flexibility to do my music. I have lost a gig here and there and not everybody is going to like you”. Krystal has found that since her music career has taken off in Nashville, the city and the music community is very supportive. Some of King’s favorite writers and musicians include Taylor Hughes, Audra McLaughlin, Stefanie Joyce, and her tour mate, Kirstie Kraus. Krystal wants aspiring artists to know that they should “just dive in and do it. I waited a long time but moving to Nashville was what forced me to get out there and do what I love”.
You can follow Krystal on Instagram at @krystalkingmusic and find more information on her website here.