I have found myself on a female artist kick as of late and I have been finding a goldmine of talent. It’s a tough time for female artists because they just have not been getting airplay on national radio and have not seen the same amount of coverage as their male counterparts. Back in December, my buddy Doug (of IOUMusic) and I had discussed the current landscape of country music. The conclusion that we arrived at, is that there is an extreme lack of female artists being pushed, but also noted that we should not just push female artists for the sake of “filling a quota.” We want to focus on the real talent, not hitting a number to be politically correct. The women I have chosen to discuss are ones that I feel are worthy of the press and represent immense talent. The talent pool should not be narrowed to certain numbers, but rather who is talented and fit for discussion. A young lady by the name of Laci Kaye Booth, is incredibly worthy of both discussion and exploration into her music career.
Laci Kaye Booth has put together a seven-song album titled, Something New, that has been the top played of 2018 for me so far. Her smoky yet refined vocals have left such an impression that I have not been able to stop listening to her work. She contemporary without a doubt, but I never had a moment where I questioned why I was listening.
Having penned 6 of the 7 songs on Something New, Booth has displayed that she is not content with just performing other’s songs. She wants to feel the connection with every word she sings and her audience at every show. There are moments where you can feel the heart break and struggles with overcoming a difficult break-up. Those times spent staring at your phone, dreading a call from your ex, yet a part of you still wants it to ring. Those moments just after it ends are so pivotal and the scale can be tipped in either direction. One call or text can change everything and begin the flood of emotion and confusion once again. We get this idea in Don’t Call Me as she pleads with her ex to just delete her from his phone and forget about her. Don’t make it any harder than it has to be - so we can just move on our separate ways.
We all know that Keith Whitley certainly left a massive legacy behind in country music despite his tragically short life. It’s common for artists to take a stab at covering a musical great, but it’s even more special when an artist makes it their own. I was floored with Laci’s take on Whitley’s I’m Over You as she livened up the production bringing it to a soulful/jazzy style. In many ways it feels like a completely new song the way certain lines are emphasized over the slower-paced original. She adds some attitude in her delivery and I imagine that it becomes an easy song to sing with passion. When you hear each song side by side, you realize that Laci breathed a new life into this song.
Being a creative person means pulling from those who have influenced your life/career, but also putting your own spin and touches on things. It’s easy to be a copycat, but it’s the skillful few that can separate themselves from the status-quo. It’s why some artists just spin their wheels and others are able to gain traction and flourish rapidly. That to me is why I have been so interested in Laci’s work. Her voice is stellar, yes, of course. But her music tells me that she possesses a level of creativity that is not run-of-the-mill. The production is complex and kept my attention almost as much as the lyrics. Everything just feels so complete and so thoughtfully arranged. You’ll hear subtle plucking and pedal steel in the back ground on many of the tracks, all while Nate Coon lays down the beats to keep everyone in sync.
Just like the title of the album says, if you’re looking for Something New then look no further than the soothing bluesy vocals of Ms. Laci Kaye Booth. This work is a very impressive first release to say the least and man am I hooked.
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