UK Country chart-topping artist Shannon Hynes puts her foot on the gas with powerful new single COUNTRY WORDS released everywhere 22nd May.
Country Words was written about her experience working with a difficult colleague at a restaurant, waiting tables to support herself during her time at BIMM, the London music college. Shannon found it difficult to speak up, so turned to her guitar to vent her frustrations. “I’m generally not a confrontational person, so I channeled that frustration into song-writing. I’m lucky I have that outlet otherwise I think I would have suffered in silence.”
Don’t mess with Texas? More like, don’t mess with Shannon Hynes! I first heard Shannon sing this song during a live stream recently and it struck every chord I have. This is a passionately enraged song that screams come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough – with a sweet, classy country-girl twist. It starts sweet and scornful, a barely controlled fury, before launching into a guitar-led confrontation. It’s lyrically reminiscent of Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves – sass with class, scathing but sweet. The layers of guitars and fiddles make for a wild and furious battle – a soundscape to perfectly suit the lyrics. It says you mess with me, you mess with us all. Would you want to mess with Loretta and Dolly?!
Shannon is standing on the shoulders of her country heroes, giants like Dolly Parton & Loretta Lynn – strong-willed, inspiring women who paved the way for the artists of today. Her music has drawn comparisons with Kacey Musgraves and Clare Bowen and is produced by Jack Watson at Jack in the Box Studios, South West London. She has been a mainstay on the country circuit playing regularly for Belles and Gals and, during the Covid-19 crisis, has been playing regular Facebook live concerts to raise funds for the NHS.