To say that I’m a big fan of Maren Morris is an understatement. I first heard this talented young artist on the radio in the car. I live in a backwoods area where the only radio stations I can pick up, are country. I don’t mind a bit because I have such an eclectic taste in music. Anyway, back to Maren. I was driving and I heard the opening verse of “My Church.” My first thought was that she sounded a little bit like an older country singer named K.T. Oslin. As the song progressed I noticed that my foot was pressing down on the gas pedal and I was ready to belt out the chorus with her. There are very few songs that I hear for the first time that actually punch me in the soul. But “My Church” did. As soon as I got home I looked her up online and listened to the song on YouTube probably twenty more times. Then I hummed it, and then I sang it while I washed dishes. It got under my skin. Not only was this young girl paying tribute to those who came before her like Johnny Cash but she was doing it with an amazing voice and she sang with feeling. I was hooked. Her debut full-length album Hero hasn’t disappointed me despite my super high expectations. Now, as someone who has liked country music through a few decades, I found that I was really impressed with Maren. Unlike another young artist who took the country world by storm a few years back, Taylor Swift. I always thought T.Swift was phoning it in, and her crossover to being a pop star enforced that belief. Maren writes real songs, for herself and with others. When a new artist immediately gets recognition and awards as Maren has, their sophomore efforts are usually not as good as their debut release. At this time fans can pre-order her second album Girl and after getting a sneak peek of a few tracks from this album I can assure you Maren kicks ass just as hard on the follow up to Hero.