Rising country artist Megan Moroney lit up The Electric Jane last week with an exclusive showcase of both released and yet-to-be released music, marking her first show of 2023.
The atmosphere was festive yet relaxed as guests trickled into the venue. Some settled into booths and around tables while others were sprinkled about the bar as bartenders served up two cocktails and a shot named after Moroney’s popular single “Tennessee Orange” and her upcoming releases, “I’m Not Pretty” and “Lucky.” Towards the front of the room a big projector screen floated above the stage, flashing various clips and images of the Sony Music Nashville/Columbia Records artist.
Mingling voices began to fade and attendees gathered around the stage as the amped strums of an electric guitar accompanied by the glow of bright yellow-orange lights vibrated throughout the venue, injecting the energy of a sold-out stadium concert into the intimate gathering. The projector screen then lifted to reveal a glittering Moroney, decked out in shiny green mini dress with her golden curls swept into volume-packed, half-up half-down style, serenading the audience with “‘Til All Goes South,” a song from her debut EP Pistol Made of Roses.
The 2023 Spotify Country Artist to Watch asked us crowd members how we were doing and we cheered in response. She thanked everyone for coming and flowed into two other Pistol Made of Roses tracks, the self-empowering “I Love Me” and the rebellious “He Made Me Do It.”
After those first three songs, Moroney took a moment to express her gratitude before introducing some of her new music. She kicked off the round of fresh numbers by sharing the story behind her next release, “I’m Not Pretty.” Written by Moroney alongside Ben Williams, Mackenzie Carpenter and Micah Carpenter, the song was inspired by an Instagram like the artist received from her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend on a picture she posted in 2016. Bodies swayed and heads bopped as she sang the clever and catchy new single.
She followed with “Traitor Joe,” which will be featured on her forthcoming album, and gave an emotional debut performance of “Girl in the Mirror,” another track on the new record that talks about loving a significant other more than you love yourself. The CMT Next Women of Country 2023 class member confessed that was the first time she had ever sang the self-reflection song in front of anyone.
Next, Moroney performed “Why Johnny,” a song she wrote with Conor Matthews about the unspoken details of Johnny and June Carter Cash’s relationship. She moved on to a fan-favorite tune “Hair Salon,” which depicts the gut wrenching feeling that occurs when you receive news that secretly saddens you in a casual, unexpected environment.
“This is a very special song, and y’all will find out eventually,” she said as she introduced the shot’s namesake, “Lucky.” “I hope y’all are ready to go honky-tonking.”
Fully immersed in the country-packed party track, the crowd jammed out, some with their hands in the air, as Moroney sang. “Thank y’all for being here [at the] first show of 2023. Thank you guys for listening to old music and new music. Thank you Sony and Columbia for putting this on,” she expressed.
Moroney wrapped up the evening with her current chart-climbing single “Tennessee Orange,” with everyone singing along with her.