WIDE OPEN COUNTRY - Apr 2020

5 New Songs You Need to Hear: Trace Adkins, Kelsea Ballerini and More

By Bobby Moore


Kelley Swindall's "California" and its music video earned her some credibility with punk rockers turned honky-tonk and outlaw country enthusiasts, but its jazzy flipside deserves equal attention in the build the singer-songwriter's debut album, You Can Call Me Darlin' If You Want. A lot of songs get likened nowadays to pop-inspired country and rock music of the '60s, but "Refuse to Be Blue" really does sound like it comes from the era when a couple of jazz aficionados helped shape Nashville: marquee superstar Patsy Cline and starving songwriter Willie Nelson.

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