Over the last year, country music become a larger part of what we listen to. Okay, to be honest, Brandon has always had a good ear for female country music starting with artists like Sarah Darling, Margo Price, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves, but there was a time where where country music just all started to sound the same to me. And that is never good. My reignited interest in country music has been on the rise since the discovery of Bailey Bryan at the beginning of this year. Well, now another rising star, Kelsea Ballerini, has caught my attention with her new album, Unapologetically.
The Knoxville, Tennessee-native is one of the handful of female country artists that are challenging the male-dominated stranglehold on the genre. For so long, as I stated above, country music was stale. It was bogged down by the lack of a feminine touch. During, what I call the heyday of modern country music in the last 1990s and early 2000s, for every Tim McGraw or Garth Brooks, you had a Faith Hill or Shania Twain to balance out the testosterone. Then for some reason, country music became a male-dominated genre that objectified women and so, femininity and respect went away as did the powerhouse female vocalists of the genre.
Thankfully, over the last couple of years, the female country voice has risen again and at the forefront is Kelsea Ballerini. Her intense, honest songwriting on Unapologetically is a pop-friendly style of country that can, and probably will, crossover, but it is still distinctly country. It is bringing back that balance between the ridiculous songwriting about monster trucks and bikini clad women of today’s male country singers. Her wholesome, real lyrics shine on every track that she graces. It is a renaissance for that holds true to tradition, but still is allowed to be modern and feminist without compromising. This truly is one of the best country albums out right now and Kelsea Ballerini is helping bring class back to country music.
The brand new album, Unapologetically, by Kelsea Ballerini is available on iTunes now and check out the acoustic music video for, “Roses”, below.
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