Elle King Celebrates Debut Country Album & Her Many Forms Of Luck
One could truly feel the fellowship among Nashville’s music industry in giant swells earlier this week as Elle King rang in the release of her full-length, debut country album, Come Get Your Wife. The dozen-song project, produced by Ross Copperman, will be available everywhere tomorrow (Jan. 27).
Setting up shop at American Legion Post 82 on the east side of town, industry execs from far and wide, including members from Apple Music, UMG, ACM, BMI, Sony Music Publishing, Monument Records and many more, were in attendance, as well as a handful of fellow artists–Dierks Bentley, The War And Treaty, King Calaway, Caitlyn Smith, Charlie Worsham and Pillbox Patti, to name a few.
Standing in such a packed room full of so many familiar faces from all sections of the industry, it was evident that Nashville has rallied behind King in a special way for her debut project.
Decked out with a 360 photo station, a kissing booth, temporary tattoos to resemble her signature ink and a variety of specialty cocktails, the evening saw King and her trusty band clad in classic westernware.
Rusty Gaston, CEO of Sony Music Publishing Nashville, was on hand to welcome the crowd and shower King in praise.
“There is [someone] in here thinking to themselves, ‘This is a rockstar that has come to Nashville to make a country record because this is easy.’ I want to tell you there is nothing that is further from the truth,” Gaston put plainly. “This girl is a real songwriter, she is a real American storyteller. What she’s done is come home. She is one of us, she’s part of this community, she is welcomed here and she belongs here”
He continued, “There are creators that live in rarified air, people that have a respect level at another level like Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton. Tonight we’re adding a new name to that list and it is RCA recording artist Elle King!”
With the stage set, King shot off into a six-song preview of the album, beginning with the firecracker track “Tulsa.”
Before taking on the lazy rocker of “Before You Met Me,” King took a moment to address the crowd of friends and supports, noting, “I’m very proud of this whole record and I want to say thank you to all of the songwriters and badass musicians who played on it. Thank you everyone for being here to celebrate this.”
A common theme throughout the evening, King doted on her firstborn child, Lucky, who was born in September of 2021 and served as a major source of inspiration throughout the creation of the record. King also explained that she never could’ve expected her breakout country single with Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” to become a history-making, No. 1 tune, and essentially, her foray into making Come Get Your Wife.
“It was kind of like a lightning strike of luck. I feel like I was blessed and honored to get this opportunity to make music,” King explained. “I started asking if there were songs written by other people and I got a song called ‘Out Yonder.’ It was written by Ella Langley, Bobby Hamrick and Matt Mckinney, and when I heard it I said, ‘What the f*ck is that song?’”
Before playing the rowdy track, she shared: “I just want to say thank you so much to the most amazingly talented, incredible songwriters ever. Ella, Bobby and Matt helped me write a majority of the rest of my record because once I heard this song I had to know who wrote it… I’m honored that you guys gave this gift of a song to me. If you’re a songwriter, you’re probably better than my ass. Please send your songs to me, thank you,” she added cheekily.
King also showcased her powerful vocal on “Lucky,” which was named after and written about her son. She also broke out some mandolin skills as she performed the previously released “Jersey Giant,” written by Tyler Childers.
By the time King invited her two-times-over duet partner Dierks Bentley to the stage, the room was at a fever pitch. Before delivering their most recent collaboration and King’s current single, “Worth A Shot,” the two exchanged some kind words.
“When I met Dierks Bentley, I said, ‘That guy’s cool.’ And I was right!” King said with a smile. “Dierks changed my life and I love him so much. He brought me into country music and showed me around… I’m so grateful for him.”
“Every time I hear Chris Stapleton on the radio, I smile because I think about how easily Chris could have slipped through the cracks,” Bentley explained. “Luckily, it worked out and the world is better off because we get to listen to Chris Stapleton. I feel the exact same way about Elle. We need characters in Nashville. We don’t need the cookie cutter shit, we need real characters like Loretta, like Dolly and like Elle. She is going to be in the fabric of country music for a long time and we’ll be telling stories about her.”
Thanking Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Nashville Randy Goodman, the whole Sony crew who has been with her throughout her career, Copperman and other members of her team, King also shared her loving sentiments for Music City before the night adjourned.
“Nashville has been the most beautiful place, it has helped me heal, and that’s what’s beautiful about this opportunity to write songs and be creative in so many ways. It’s a cathartic thing that lends to a connection with other people and helps us feel like we’re not alone,” King summed. “I’m so glad that this is where I get to raise my son. I’m so thankful to everyone that has helped me make this record. I’m so proud of this record, and it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done… Thank you guys so much for being here tonight. I appreciate y’all so much.”
King ended the night with the album’s jazzy and flowing final track, “Love Go By.” Written by King, alongside Geoffrey Warburton and Joe Jania, she couldn’t have closed the night with a more compelling vocal performance, leaving the crowd wanting more.
She will launch her headlining “A-Freakin-Men Tour Presented by Slow & Low” on Feb. 14. The Red Clay Strays will join her as special guests on the dates, which will visit Atlanta, Asheville, Boston, Indianapolis, Chicago, Austin and more through March 25.
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