American Young talk love, setting trends & their comic strip moment: Exclusive

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When you dig into American Young's latest self-titled EP, you'll be treated to perfectly polished pop-country, vibrantly peppered with rock flourishes and dark, electric guitar licks. As their new single "Wasn't Gonna Drink Tonight" demonstrates, their folk roots are simply a small component of their overall mainstream-reaching sound. Further on the record, they examine story-song structure, as formulated with the sinister "God Sends A Train," mixed with a haunting melody and searing vocal.

Their remarkable talent is evident throughout the project, and singer Jon Stone will be the first to tell you he knew after the first week of performing together that they had something truly special. "It was new and exciting and powerful. I’ve always been the kind of person that wants to be moved by something. I think we have the type of songs and the sound that’s moving," he shares in an exclusive NashvilleGab interview.

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Meghan Linsey takes bro-country to task with ‘Try Harder Than That,’ films music video: Exclusive

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Meghan Linsey isn't afraid to speak her mind. She might be small in stature, but she's huge in voice. So, it isn't surprising that the singer's debut solo single is a sharp-shooting female empowerment anthem, which takes direct aim at every bro-country song currently thumping through the speakers of mainstream terrestrial radio. "Try Hard Than That," the lead-in to her new EP (through a Pledge Music campaign), makes a bold statement about what it means to be a woman and how they should be treated. "It was meant to be a sassy song. I don’t want to say ‘take jabs’ but it’s more about pushing a boy you like on the playground," she shares of the song to NashvilleGab, exclusively, on the set of the song's music video.

Formerly of Steel Magnolia, Linsey has high hopes as she launches her solo career. Admittedly, she says she never had any qualms about releasing such a risky song. "I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest. In fact, when we wrote it, I was like, ‘dang, I feel like this is a single.’ I think you have to be bold anymore to stand out and make a statement, especially for women. You’re not hearing [many] women on country radio. Coming out with something different and shaking stuff up, that’s the goal."

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