Photo by Aisha Golliher
When you call your upcoming album Daddy's Country Gold, you're opening yourself up to comparisons. The title just sounds like a cassette of country classics you'd buy at a convenience store or truck stop. Melissa Carper backs that sound up. Her latest single, "Back When," is indeed country gold. Except for the modern recording, it sounds like a song that could have come out any time between the 1950's and 1970's. It's going to immediately make you think of artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Hank Williams. Carper does inject a little more jazz and soul into her voice, giving songs like "Back When" such a classic and timeless vibe. Plus, another newfound blog favorite, Sierra Ferrell, joins her on this one for some additional vocals, and it's just as perfect as it sounds!
Melissa Carper says of the new song:
"A lot of my songs are based on my real life experiences and with 'Back When' every single word of that was lived and true. I started writing it a bit after a breakup while longing for the relationship I once had with someone--that is, the beginning of the relationship when we were in love and everything was wonderful. It was written with a hopeful desire that things could be as they once were, and though that never happened, I feel like this song does have that hopeful air that maybe 'back when' could happen again, for any relationship that has lost that spark.”
You can listen to "Back When" below. Daddy's Country Gold is due out March 19. For more on Melissa Carper, check out the artist's website.