Thursday, November 17, 2022

Salute To Working Girls - Brit Taylor's Rich Little Girls Out Friday



Nashville, TN (November 17, 2022) Country artist Brit Taylor’s newest single, “Rich Little Girls,” is just not what it seems.  Somewhat autobiographical, the high energy tune is an anthem and salute to working girls everywhere, wrapped in a healthy dose of snarky irritation for those who don’t have to work their fingers to the bone.  The Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson produced song will be available Friday, November 18 on all streaming platforms.

“Rich Little Girls” is the third song Taylor has released from her forthcoming sophomore album, Kentucky Blue, also produced by Simpson and Ferguson and being released Feb. 3, 2023, on Taylor’s Cut a Shine Records.  The three singles – which are starkly different but comfortingly similar – show the depth and breadth of her talent and her voice.

With a fiddle leading the intro and the band providing the energy and intent, “Rich Little Girls” goes full throttle – marching into war – until the end when the lyrics – and the workin’ girl – take command, “Everybody deals with the cards they’re dealt … I wouldn’t wanna be anybody else but a working girl.”

Most people just don’t realize how many artists start out having side hustles, Taylor explained.  “Playing gigs is the goal.  But the artist has to have a side job just so she can afford to pay the band, rent the van and trailer and pay for the fuel and hotel rooms – all to get to a gig that often leaves her deep in the red. But it’s what you have to do.”

It is just part of “paying your dues” as Taylor has learned.  And the East Kentucky native, who was raised with a strong work ethic and knowing that you must earn what you get, is paying her dues – starting in college when the 17-year-old student scheduled classes two days a week so she could write songs in Nashville three days a week, hosting karaoke in a college bar, cleaning fish tanks at a pet store, playing on Broadway for tips and now cleaning houses and churches.  
“It’s been worth every minute of it,” she said. “Today I am making a record with Sturgill Simpson!  I may not have riches, but I am certainly rich.”

The idea for “Rich Little Girls,” penned by Taylor, Kimberly Kelly and Adam Wright, grew out of real life.  Taylor had invited Wright and his family over for dinner so his kids could pet the goats and donkeys, but she had to cancel when a person failed to show and she had to be the one to go clean a client’s church.  When the trio met a couple days later to co-write, the song just poured out.  After all, Taylor and Kelly lived it firsthand.

Taylor formed her own cleaning company several years ago when she walked away from an old publishing deal that wanted her to write their style of country music.  Saying she would rather “clean shitty toilets than write shitty music,” her pay-the-bills endeavor has grown to a true small business with several team members and more clients.
“It was pure survival,” she said.  “I needed money to eat and to pay the bills and to make my music.”

Her hard work is paying off.  Taylor is currently in the middle of a string of dates with Blackberry Smoke and she has opened for Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Kelsey Waldon and Ian Noe this year. 

Her sophomore album, Kentucky Blue, follows the success of her self-financed, self-reflective debut album, Real Me. Having the courage to find her “real me” set Taylor free.  Kentucky Blue is a musical celebration of her healing and rebirth.  It exudes confidence with a touch of attitude that replaces the melancholy, contemplative sound of Real Me.  It is a shift back to her East Kentucky influences where the cry of the fiddle, the moan of the steel guitar, the twangy banjo and the atmospheric string section are like a journey floating through time and space.

Brit continues to unabashedly write and sing about what she lives and what she knows and sees. It’s genuine. It’s who she is. 

About Brit Taylor 

In a town known for dealing hard knocks, country singer/songwriter Brit Taylor hasn’t flinched.  After a decade “of playing by the rules”, she broke out on her own and, in less than a year, released her debut album Real Me in 2020, followed by Real Me Deluxe, and she has already written and recorded her next album, scheduled for release next year.  Her highly acclaimed debut album Real Me (opening after just 10 days as the highest-ranking debut album on the AMA/CDX Radio Chart at No. 37 and receiving positive reviews from American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, NPR’s World Cafe and others) was a self-reflective journey to self-awareness from the depths of despair.  Her anticipated new album, produced by Grammy winners Sturgill Simpson and David “Fergie” Ferguson, is a happier, more upbeat record, simply reflecting her life today.  

Born where the famed Country Music Highway 23 slices through the Kentucky mountains, she grew up with family and music – and idols she loved – Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn, Tyler Childers, Dwight Yoakum, Patty Loveless, The Judds and so many more.  Life was good for the singer who spent her childhood years on the Kentucky Opry, followed by a move to Nashville, a college degree, a music deal, marriage, and a mini-farm.  And then it all went bad.  Divorce, a band that dissolved, a beloved dog that died, a car that just quit, a publishing deal gone sour and a bank that wanted her home all made for a winter of despair.  After a brief wallow in self-pity, Brit went to work, determined to make her music her way.  Sick, tired and broken hearted from the “new Nashville” and the type of songs she was expected to write, she boldly walked away from her song-writing deal. Because she’d rather “clean shitty toilets than write shitty songs any longer,” Brit cleaned houses to pay the bills and successfully turned her side hustle into a bona-fide small business with employees.  At the same time, she served as “general contractor” for her self-financed Real Me, pulling together a cast of professionals to produce it, to write with her, to play with her and to market her, all while recording on her own, newly created record label, Cut a Shine Records.  

Brit is bravely standing out as her own self. With new publishing and distribution deals in hand, she knows it won’t be an easy path to navigate, but Brit learned that the best GPS is her inner self. She remains true to the timelessness of her sound and the honesty of her lyrics.  

Today, the power of her music is that it is refreshingly simple yet surprisingly complex.  Always true to herself, Brit Taylor continues to tells stories which manage – whether they are dramatic, humorous or heartfelt – to be downright honest.  It is who she is.

Web:  www.brittaylormusic.com               Facebook:  Brit Taylor             Instagram:  brittaylormusic

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