Carly Pearce, a four-time CMA Awards nominee this year, returns with the looking-out-for-your-sister single, “Next Girl”.
With the most nods for any new artist nominee this year, she leads with New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Yearahead of the November 11 CMA Awards show.
Having spent the quarantine thinking about where she wanted her music to go, a daunting proposition given the passing of her champion busbee, Carly found her thoughts returning to the music that captured her heart as a teenager moving to Dollywood to chase her Country music dream.
“Country music always had these straight-talking women, who were so strong and so sassy,” says Carly. “They were flirty, funny, feisty – and they weren’t afraid of banjos, fiddles, mandolins, steel guitar. Put all those things together, and it’s everything that pulled me to Country music as a little girl.”
The more she thought about that, the more she knew what she had to do. Crafting a hybrid Country that pulled hard from the roots and polished up the modern sheen of today’s scene, Carly reached out to Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.
“We got together and just kept throwing out songs we loved, singing pieces of them,” laughed Carly. “They both got everything I wanted to do like ‘That Kind of Girl,’ ‘Blame It On Your Heart,’ ‘Better Things To Do,’ ‘There’s Your Trouble,’ ‘Spilled Perfume’ kind of stuff. The song just started tumbling together from there – and ‘Next Girl’ happened. It felt just like where Patty Loveless might be today, and we couldn’t wait to record it!”
“We live in a world where there are so many smooth-talking guys who’re so quick to sweep you off your feet – and they always have a story about the girl before,” Carly marvels. “So, when we were asking ourselves, ‘What would Patty Loveless do?’ We figured not only would she warn the girl, she’d turn over all the cards: how he works, how he talks about the old girlfriend, what he’ll do once he’s got her.”
“Josh and Shane know how guys like that work, so we had so much fun carving this song out. Then when it came time to get in the studio for my first real music on my own without busbee, I was a little nervous, but it was also so exciting because as the tracks started going down, I realized: THIS is who I am at my core. This is the music that flows through my blood, that comes out of my pores. It’s everything I love and loved all in one song, and when it’s rushing by, it just feels good.”