Nicolle Galyon, an award-winning songwriter with 10 No. 1s, has made a career writing about her hometown, heartbreak and strength, with a nostalgia that has surpassed her age; however, Galyon has reserved a privacy around a role she's played for the last 16 years: wife. Married to fellow hit songwriter Rodney Clawson (George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney) her entire adult life, Galyon releases a surprise EP aptly titled second wife today, Friday, Oct. 13, on their 16th wedding anniversary. second wife is now available in its entirety, complemented by six music video scrapbooks filmed at Sonic Ranch revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process at the famed studio. Watch the video scrapbooks here.
The six song EP emerged from a collaborative effort between Galyon and Clawson over a long weekend at their farm just outside of Nashville, and was recorded with co-producers Jimmy Robbins and King Henry at the renowned Sonic Ranch in Texas. The EP arrives 15 months after Galyon's highly praised artist-debut, firstborn, which Forbes described as “candid and vulnerable” and Nashville Lifestyles noted it was “a raw and real look inside her world told as the only woman who lived it can.”
Of the record, Galyon admits that “second wife shows the side of me that is flawed, self-deprecating, understated, silly, and yet unconventionally traditional. The side of me that fell in love at 21. That's a side of me that I don't always show — the married one. If firstborn was a memoir, second wife is more of a fun adventure in real time. The thing about second wife is even the title itself is imperfect. That's probably my favorite thing about being one. The illusions (and delusions) I had as a firstborn were gone once I became one.”
The EP's daring title, which Galyon calls “imperfect, honest and kind of irreverent,” invites listeners into Galyon and Clawson's world offering a genuine and unique glimpse into their lives. The EP opens with a one minute prelude titled “jo.” which finds Galyon expressing her gratitude to her mother- in-law, detailing all the ways she helped shape Rodney. Transitioning to the upbeat, tongue-in-cheek “prenup.,” Galyon and Clawson poke fun at their lack of need for a prenup upon marriage with Clawson's vocals carrying the second verse and chorus. “the grain.” is an airy, piano-driven ballad that nods to her home state of Kansas, reminding listeners of the different forms love stories can take.
The second half of the EP begins with “rooms.,” a candid confession that chronicles how different walking into rooms together has evolved throughout their relationship. Serving as a metaphor for various life experiences, Galyon's anxieties ultimately take a backseat by her unwavering desire to be with Clawson. “texas hold 'em.” ramps up the energy as Galyon presents a lighthearted version of herself belting out this playful, romantic hit. Finally, second wife concludes with “under the rainbow.,” which serves as a poignant foreshadowing of her family's recent move back to her hometown of Sterling, Kan. – the very place that has been the focal point of the last two decades of her writing.