You often hear the expression referring to there being something in the water when you encounter a particular group of people having that have that something special. When you look at the emergence of country artists from the United Kingdom particularly in regard to the talented female artists, you are seeing a lot of the leading lights hailing from Yorkshire as following on from the likes of Twinnie, Jade Helliwell and Jess Thristan, we are able to introduce another exciting talent to emerge from the county as Harriet Rose today releases her debut single “Small Town Chains” which is available HERE. So given the volume of talent coming through, I suppose us folk from other parts of the country must be thinking it’s more something in the gravy rather than something in the water?
The multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter has been playing live since before her teens and played well in excess of a hundred shows in 2019 and now shares her debut recording today. Like the other female artists fore-mentioned she is a powerful vocalist with a unique style where her sound is smooth and natural that is truly authentic without hers vocals sounding over-Americanised and the enhancement of the tracks with some catchy and edgy guitar sounds makes her blend of country truly intriguing and enticing.
“Small Town Chains” is an upbeat, toe-tapping little ditty which she offered “I wrote this song during lock down when I really had no choice other than to stay in my home town. As much as I love it, as it raised me, since being young I feel I have always had a mark against my name due to the place I was born. The town is old fashioned with outdated views which are often amplified in the news. Even throughout my education I was told not to aim too high as I probably wouldn’t achieve it and music isn’t a real career. This song is me choosing to be different, making something of myself and getting out before it’s too late.” as the backstory to the track.
Melodically it has an exciting blend of electric guitar intertwined with aspects of steel and more traditional country elements which has truly slick and dynamic transitions from the verse into the chorus. In regard to the recording and production she further shared: “I recorded the track with my good friend Pete (Thompson) at Flatwave Music. I took the song into the studio and we worked out everything I wanted in it from start to finish. I really enjoyed the experience, it was incredibly rewarding to hear it come to life and know that I was involved every step of the way. I was also really fortunate to get two of my friends (and also incredibly talented musicians in their own right,) Danny Smart and Tom Jane to play on the song.” The production is really clean and smooth which combined with an incredibly catchy little ditty laced with relatable ideology in the lyrics delivers a great introduction to the music of Harriet Rose which she herself defines as “Sass, flares and a little bit of heartache” that we are excited to hear more of!