Album will be released Sept 17th
Carly Pearce is expanding her 29 EP with a full length 15 song set entitled 29: Written in Stone. The original seven, plus eight additional tracks, will be released in a complete collection digitally on September 17th via Big Machine Records. She’s offering up “Dear Miss Loretta,” a highly personal outreach to the truth-telling Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn featuring country icon Patty Loveless. The set also features a collaboration with Ashley McBryde and songwriting credits that include McBryde, Kelsea Ballerini and Brandy Clark.
“So much has happened to me in the last year,” marvels the smoky voiced alto. “The more my life unraveled, the more the songs lifted me up. As the smoke cleared, and some unbelievable things started happening, I was writing even more truth and getting lifted up even higher – and I realized, as much as 29 captured a moment, I wasn’t done with the story.”
“Dear Miss Loretta” is available now to coincide with Pearce’s Grand Ole Opry induction. It was Country Music’s Longest Running Radio Show that brought Loveless to the track. Only the second woman to win the CMA Album of the Year, Loveless was listening to the Opry when she heard Pearce perform the heartfelt ballad about having a song move from cool poetry to stone cold life. She let the woman who co-wrote “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana know she would love to sing that piece of truth that concluded, “I ain’t a coal miner’s daughter, But I’ve sung it all my life/ I ain’t been a widow, But I’ve been an ex-wife/ And I hear your truth, And I feel your pain/ Now I know why you sang that way…”
“To hear Patty Loveless sing your words, there’s no way to describe that sensation,” Pearce says. “Her voice is Appalachia, those mountains and hollers are country music. To think, a year ago, I was asking myself, ‘What would Patty Loveless do?’ thinking about all her songs, how smart and sassy she always was… and now she’s on one of mine.”
Pearce has certainly carved a place for herself in today’s country music landscape by being unfailingly honest about her doubt, tough truths and creating space for pain, laughter, and growth. “Next Girl,” her frisky warning to a young woman being smooth talked by a Romeo she knows too well, is rising at country radio. With the complete album coming this fall, produced by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the country-grounded song cycle continues the recognition, healing and triumph that has defined her last twelve months.
“Once I started writing, I thought I’d gotten it all out of my system,” confesses Carly. “But the songs just kept on coming, and I realized to truly understand how you come out the other side, not just a quick snapshot, this full project needed to happen. Now people can see how you thrive and shine even in the lowest moments.”
An iTunes deluxe edition will also include three videos featuring “Next Girl,” “29” (Live) and “Show Me Around” (Live).
1. “Diamondback” | Carly Pearce, Kelsea Ballerini, Tofer Brown, Shane McAnally
2. “What He Didn’t Do” | Carly Pearce, Ashley Gorley, Emily Shackelton
3. “Easy Going” | Carly Pearce, Natalie Hemby, Josh Osborne
4. “Dear Miss Loretta” (featuring Patty Loveless) | Carly Pearce, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally
5. “Next Girl” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
6. “Should’ve Known Better” | Carly Pearce, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton
7. “29” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
8. “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” (featuring Ashley McBryde) | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
9. “Your Drinkin’, My Problem” | Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Ben West
10. “Liability” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
11. “Messy” | Carly Pearce, Sarah Buxton, Jimmy Robbins
12. “Show Me Around” | Carly Pearce, Emily Shackelton, Ben West
13. “Day One” | Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey
14. “All The Whiskey In The World” | Carly Pearce, Jordan Terry Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton
15. “Mean It This Time” | Carly Pearce, Jordan Terry Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Shackelton