Maren Morris


Jun 20, 2019

My Church, A Music Lover’s Religion

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.

Jun 20, 2019

With “Girl”, Maren Morris definitely redefines Country Music

I was actually quite excited to listen to this album, as I had heard Maren Morris in an NPR interview after her last release. She struck me as energetic, and her music a lot of fun. But country? Well I would say that the first album was more so, but, at least in my opinion, her latest entitled Girl only really has one track that sounds like what one might traditionally call Country, with the others suggesting a link to it. But from what I’ve heard her say in regards to the album, she is proud of this diversity in sound and more importantly the fact that Nashville has received it quite well. There are many notable examples, even current ones, where artists have been rejected from this somewhat exclusive genre for not staying close enough to that desired sound. I guess one of the most prominent of these would be Taylor Swift. But by daring to stretch what is possible, many believe that Morris might be able to finally remove these old barriers that are, in some respects at least, rooted in less desirable elements such as racism and a closing out of the other. And this doesn’t even begin to get at the relative dearth of women in country when compared to men, a problem some might say is getting worse. With regard to the depth of influence from which Morris draws though, there are, for example, a couple of hard rock sounding songs, at least three R&B influenced tracks, and some that can hardly be classified. But the album on a whole is enjoyable, and as I reclined there listening to it, I found myself nearly drawn out of the chair. While some, most notably the title track address serious issues, she mostly lets herself have fun in unspooling these individual and collective pieces of art, with a team of writers that goes about ten deep and occasionally includes her husband, along with her own written contributions to each song. This breadth of writers increases the songs’ relatability to nearly all listeners, and so there should be at least a little something for everyone therein. While I could honestly say I enjoyed all of the tracks, I had a few favorites in particular which I will detail further below.

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