Women aren’t just leading the music industry in 2016, they’re transforming it.
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter: Originally hailing from Illinois, Margo Price is a Nashville transplant who made the decision to hock her wedding ring in order to find the money to record Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. And what a wise decision that turned out to be. Price is a new-school Loretta Lynn, a honkytonk heroine, a songwriting savior. The album itself was recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sun Studio: the first country album to be released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Autobiographical at times and inventive at others, standout tracks include “Hands of Time” and “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)”.
LEMONADE: Beyoncé is literally the queen of the universe. That’s an exaggeration obviously, so please don’t get all offended. Anyways, Beyoncé dropped Lemonade immediately after HBO aired her special on April 23: one of those “world, stop” moments that she’s quickly becoming famous for. Unlike on her 2013 self-titled release Beyoncé, however, she’s no longer “Drunk in Love.” “Unsurprisingly, the widely held assumption is that its [the album] references to a cheating spouse, wedding regrets, a breakup, and then reconciliation are specifically pointing to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage,” says the A.V. Club. Tracks “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and “Sorry” are by far the most tell all examples of this changing relationship dynamic.
New City Blues: Aubrie Sellers comes from a musical family, the daughter of country music traditionalist Lee Ann Womack and hit-writer Jason Sellers, and at just 24 years-old she’s already making a name for herself in Nashville; she opened up on tour for Grammy winner Chris Stapleton earlier this year. She describes her sound as “garage country” in an attempt to ensure that her music is heard on its own terms and not as any sort of hand-me-down from her accomplished family. The opening track is just as raw as the closing track, and Sellers doesn’t let listeners forget just how gritty her sound is somewhere in the middle either.
-Kate, Information Services