With less than 4 months until FarmJam, the lineup is adding a Nashville music row singer/songwriter and Iowa native, Hailey Whitters, to the mix. she has written songs recorded by Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, and Martina McBride. Hailey will kick off her fall tour after FarmJam with Maren Morris and Brent Cobb.
With a song about the ten years it takes to live in Nashville to find success, “Ten Year Town,” is written by Hailey Whitters. Her new approach levels the playing field since her last batch of music four years ago, Black Sheep in 2015.
Whitters has evolved, matured, and diversified her sound on the forthcoming 2019 project The Dream, in harmony with Grammy-recognized collaborators Brandy Clark and Lori McKenna.
Waiting tables another month/Waiting on that break to come/All it’s ever done is break my heart/But I didn’t come this far to only go this far
That vulnerable lyric from “Ten Year Town,” comes in anticipation of the complete album and encompass the vision the 12-year Nashville resident held, waiting for her turn to shine. Rolling Stone Magazine featured Hailey Whitters recently in April 2019.
Hailey No Stranger to Music Row in Nashville
When Rolling Stone Magazine takes note of a rising, unsigned star, it is important to notice this growth and how it happened. Hailey is very early in her career yet growing in popularity in leaps and bounds.
According to the popular magazine, Nashville constantly sits on untapped goldmines of talent, including many songwriters who can take years, if it ever happens at all, to get their due. Some of the town’s most talented voices, like Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, have spent ages clocking hits for others while waiting a decade or two into their careers.
For the space between mainstream country and indie Americana, there just isn’t a lot of room for artists like Whitters, who look to idols like Gillian Welch but also grew up listening to the Dixie Chicks on actual country radio, back when radio played those sorts of things. Whitters turned off distractions like the incessant dings of social media and made the record with her boyfriend, Jake Gear (“He said, ‘Do you want a ring or a record?’” she recalls). She spent extended, intentionally aimless chunks of time in her backyard with her chickens, letting her mind roam, and mulled a lot on loss and mortality — eight years ago her brother died in a car accident, and she started to witness a transition in the ever-changing grief cycle.
“It comes back to the country music I was raised on,” she says before heading home to work on songs and tend to the chickens. “It wasn’t about trucks and tailgates and hooking up. It was about life.”
The FarmJam lineup includes pop, rock, reggae, Americana, and country with more rock and roll announcements on the way.
With more music to announce, the current lineup has Chase Rice headlining FarmJam and the festival will host The Wild Feathers, Hayes Carll, Red Dirt Rangers, John Fullbright, Blackfoot Gypsies, Lauren Jenkins, Micky & The Motorcars, Casey Ryan, Devon Wade, Whitney Rose, Will Porter, Bryant Lamar, The Stylees, The Last Chance Band, and international talent, Blake Noble. Bands can apply on the website for consideration in future lineup announcements, promotions, and advertising.
Tickets are available at www.FarmJamFestival.com.