If you are a Nashville resident or frequent this town, you have likely heard of Lena Stone or seen her perform. Stone has been instrumental in putting Music City’s Song Suffragettes on the country music map, encouraging venues and fans to “let the girls play” for over four years. Now, while Stone continues to “fight like a girl” to be heard, she has released her five-track self-titled EP.
Lena Stone was introduced to country music listeners several weeks ago, and has already earned the singer-songwriter a spot on Rolling Stones’ One to Watch List for this month. Five reasons Stone has been noticed by the popular publication are her original songs: “Tragic,” “Nervous,” “Hey There Hollywood,” “Running Out of Red Lights,” and “Can’t Think Straight.”
Stone’s EP consists of mid- and slow-tempo tracks handcrafted and formulated to show off her pristine vocals. Along with crystal clear, beautiful singing comes with Stone’s ability to tell a story and describe a scene so perfectly that a listener can close his/her eyes, listen to the lyrics, and be transported.
No, there are no bells and whistles on this album that will make you rave; rather, Stone relies on what has gotten her to this very point — magnetic writing and her gorgeous, natural instrument — to win listeners’ praise. This is exactly what is missing in an industry so consumed with crossover tracks and collaborations, reliant on overproduction, and saturated with one gender.
In a world where Caitlyn Smith should be winning awards, Maren Morris should be topping this genre’s charts consistently, and Carrie Underwood should be winning Entertainer of the Year, “Lena Stone” should be a name on everyone’s lips. On that fateful day when country music remembers its roots, hers will surely be a name in the history books … a name that is deservedly set in stone.
Watch Lena Stone’s “Nervous” music video here: