Introducing Aubrie Sellers
Listed as one of the ten new country artists you need to know about by Rolling Stone, and one of CMT’s 16 artists to watch in 2016 to name just a few, Aubrie Sellers is one of music city’s newest faces.
Having been born tosinger/songwriter parents parents Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers (who were married between 1991 and 1997) it’s pretty clear to see who she inherited her talent from, paving the way for her to perfect her craft.
With guidance from her parents of course. Her sound is difficult to define. There’s hints of her mothers vocal tones in there mixed with Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark, and when asked about her sound Aubrie described itas “garage country”. Hadn’t heard of it?No me neither.
Currently at the age of 24 Aubrie has recently released her debut LP entitled ‘New City Blues’ – on why she choose that particular title she states “for meitencompasses a perpetual feeling of loneliness, and of not fitting in…” The album consists of 14 tracks, 12 of which were co-writes (the other two self penned) and is like any other you’d expect from a country artist – simple,rawand honest.
The thing that strikes me most is that she acts like she’s had years of experience under her belt, listening to the album it quickly becomes apparent that she’s willing to take risks, choosing to mix country, rock, bluegrass and Americana all on album.
‘ Light Of Day’ kicks off the album, and with an intro that’s infused with bass guitar and rocky vibes, add in Sellers edgy vocals and you have a very impressive start to the record. The tongue in cheek ‘ Sit Here And Cry’ follows the same rocky vibe, although perhaps a little more bluesy than the opener.
‘ Paper Doll’ talks about all those girls who dress up and put on fake smiles in order to stand out, this edgy and fearless song contains one of my favourite lyrics from the album “Not always proud of who I am but at least I know where the hell I stand”she sings, admitting to the listener that she chooses to be real even though sometimes she messes up. A song similar to this is‘ Magazines’ in which, she talks about the people who believe everything in a magazine to be true.
To be honest it sounds easily like something Kacey Musgraves would write and I absolutely love the bluntness of it. ‘ Liar Liar’ is simply a highlight of the entire album. The way she can sing a track with such angry lyrics with a soft, heavenly vocal is outstanding, yet her narration and vocal delivery is convincing. Scattered amongst the rocky vibes and blunt statements come some dreamy moments also. ‘Dreaming In The Day’ and ‘Humming Song’ are perfect examples of this. The latter I can picture falling asleep toon a rainy night.
‘ Loveless Rolling Stone’ was chosen as the lead single from the project, and although it’s an upbeat song it hides a dark undertone lyrically. it’s about appreciating a guy but leaving them nevertheless which is a pretty interesting twist on a love song. However ‘ Like The Rain’ is my clear favourite from the record. It’s simply stunning and It tells the tale of a guy who doesn’t want to settle down. There is ahaunting vocal delivery here that makes me want to listen over and over again. It’s here where I started asking myself if there’s anything this lady can’t do.
Closing the album is‘ Living Is Killing Me’ which after a few plays I decided pretty much sums the album. Which is a story of someone going through changes in their life, and trying to establish what they want from it at the same time. Overall I couldn’t recommend this album enough. It’s got something for everyone and I cannot wait to hear what’s next.This young lady has the world at her feet, and Nashville is listening. There’s only one question on my lips, when will we get to witness this incredible talent live in the UK again? Fingers crossed it’ll be sooner rather than later.