All-star country line-up includes one new talent
BROOKLYN — Being touted by Rolling Stone magazine as an “artist you need to know” might put pressure on some, but Bailey Bryan has been preparing for it her entire life.
Country music fans in Michigan will get a good look and listen to Bryan when she steps onto the “Next from Nashville” stage at the upcoming Faster Horses Festival, which returns the weekend of July 21-23. She said she’s excited to be part of the festival, which is in its fifth year at Michigan Interactional Speedway.
“Hands down, this type of festival is my favorite to play,” she said. “There are so many great artists on the lineup, everyone there is excited to hear good music, and hopefully they also will be excited to discover some new artists as well.”
Bryan grew up listening to country music in a small town in the state of Washington where she said it wasn’t uncommon to get stuck in a car behind a tractor. That small town wasn’t too far from Seattle, she said, so she also was exposed to hip-hop and alternative, among a wide variety of musical genres.
She said the love of music has always been in her. She began writing music when she was 12 and landed her first recording deal when she was 15. Now 19, Bryan is taking her music to the next level on stages around the U.S.
“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t think about music,” she said. “It’s always been in me.”
Her debut EP, “So Far,” has received rave reviews. Country music website “Taste of Country” said Bryan is “ready to show the world her confident side” while the New York Times called her EP “excellent, infectious,” and Billboard said it “runs the emotional gamut.”
She said she titled the EP “So Far” because such songs as “Own It,” “Used To,” “Hard Drive Home” and “Scars” represent different experiences and lessons from her past that have brought her to this point in her life.
“Scars” is inspired by the large scar on her back following her scoliosis surgery at age 16, while “Used To” is about the adjustment to moving across the country from her home in Washington to pursue her dream in music in Nashville.