Up-and-coming country singer Caylee Hammack has released her rollicking debut album, If it Wasn’t For You.
The 13-track record is a collection of personal stories Hammack co-wrote with songwriters Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and more. “Forged in the Fire” takes inspiration from a tragedy at home, “King Size Bed” recalls a flirtatious affair, while “Sister” is about falling out with a loved one. On the fiery Reba McEntire-assisted “Redhead,” Hammack shouts out to all her fellow gingers, encouraging them to take pride in their hair.
“Oh, they got their hands full / Trying to tame a pistol / Spitfire freckles that could run her mother dead / Clothesline tightrope / Daredevil high hopes / They raised a little hell when they raised a little redhead,” they sing on the chorus.
“I wanted every single song to have a real, true story behind it that I can tell onstage or in an interview and explain where every single lyric came from,” Hammack told Sounds Like Nashville. “In Nashville, so many times you just go in a room and you write something to write it. I wanted to make sure the songs I put out were my stories because I feel like your debut album is like a name tag you put on at a new party.”
Elsewhere on If it Wasn’t For You, Ashley McBride and Tenille Townes also appear. Stream it below: