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Kelleigh Bannen – Cheap Sunglasses (EP)



13450208_10156961144055403_4983243206861333843_nKelleigh Bannen, signed to EMI Nashville, is a very talented singer songwriter and is the founder and prime contributor of ‘This Nashville Life’, a blog that details fashion, fitness and music recommendations from Nashville.

She released her debut single in 2012 ‘Sorry On The Rocks’ and followed this up with ‘Famous’ in 2014. Her major label release is a 5-track EP ‘Cheap Sunglasses’ that has been favourably received since its release mid-June.

The decision to go with ‘Landlocked’ as the lead track is an interesting one. It’s being marketed as a summer anthem, “Landlocked and it’s damn hot ,we can build a sandbox in the back of your pickup truck”. The video comes from the Florida Georgia Line school of summer fun.

We can fully understand it’s appeal. It’s a song that we can hear blasting out on the beach. It’s catchy and bouncy but we rather suspect that there is a lot more to Kelleigh Bannen than ‘Landlocked’ or the opener ‘Welcome To The Party’ which is cut from the same cloth.

Our volume button was suddenly increased when we listened to track 3 ‘Cheap Sunglasses’. This is the real deal. A very laid back bluesy vibe that will have you singing along immediately.

It’s very close to the type of material that Maren Morris is releasing and is a perfect vehicle to demonstrate the range to Kelleigh’s vocals.

The contrast between the final two tracks of the EP and the two openers is clear. Both ‘Once Upon A’ and ‘All Good Things’ have an edge to them. The latter has a sassy vocal delivery and meaningful lyrics.

Overall, the production is top drawer, the songs are diverse and incredibly catchy and the involvement of a major label is telling. It’s a market that is becoming incredibly crowded and we wonder if they have decided to go with the right song but what the hell do we know!

All we do know is that Kelleigh Bannen has the potential to be a force in the ever-expanding female country music industry. Clearly a talented song writer with an impressive voice, and a sound that will appeal to the new generation of country fans.

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