Bryan, Whitters take ACM honors
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
– Zach Bryan and Hailey Whitters won the Academy of Country Music's Best New Male and Female Artist awards on Wednesday night.
"Something in the orange tells us that @zachlanebryan is the WINNER," the ACM tweeted on Wednesday.
"Something in the Orange" is one of Bryan's best known songs. Bryan broke out of nowhere to release a debut double album one year ago and has seen his star steadily increase. However, he is not part of the Nashville mainstream.
Whitters, an Iowa native, has enjoyed success with her single "Everything She Ain't." The song is on her album, "Raised."
Hailey Whitters smartly plays with words on the title track to this six-song EP. "He's in a Chevy/And I'm in love," she explains contrastingly. With its upfront mandolin part, the track nicely resembles Whitters' hit, "Everything She Ain't," which is reprised on this release - albeit more acoustically. It may not be as conceptual as Whitters' full-length, "Raised," was, but this smaller offering nevertheless covers familiar and enjoyable Whitters territory. ...
Some have described celebrated singer/songwriter Zach Bryan's style as 'sad boy country' and only this sort of unhappy artist can make even getting off work sound a little depressing. However, Bryan does just that with his "Summertime Blues EP" opener, "Quittin Time." The track is introduced with mournful banjo and fiddle, which foreshadows Bryan's restless lyrical wait for his workday to end. Yes, he sings about how "I'll take my gal to town" ...
Hailey Whitters' "Raised" album is very much a biographical collection. From the title cut to the extended family sung about during "Big Family," Whitters sings again and again about her relatives and upbringing. She doesn't have to say the words 'small town' for the listener to know without a doubt she's telling us about country living. It's also an album built upon solid, traditional instrumentation, which makes it all the better. ...