When the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled excursions and left many musicians out of labor, KC Johns used the down time to return into the studio and document songs for a brand new document.
Recorded on the legendary Sound Kitchen studio in Franklin, Tennessee, and co-written and produced by Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Billy Smiley, the Hernando native just lately launched three new singles – “Whiskey Break,” “No Extra Probabilities” and “Thunder” from her forthcoming album.
Johns can be in Hernando on Friday (April 2) to carry out the songs in entrance of her hometown crowd for an album pre-release get together at Uncle Bubba’s Barbecue & Smokehouse at 7 p.m.
“I’m so enthusiastic about this,” Johns mentioned. “I’ve been engaged on this for concerning the final yr and a half. This would be the first time we’re debuting the pre-release. The album isn’t even out there but. That is only for the hometown.”
Johns, who attracts inspiration for her music from all the pieces from the Memphis Blues of Otis Redding to the uncooked sounds of Chris Stapleton and the Rock n’ Roll sounds of “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, mentioned the brand new album is generally nation, however the songs even have a rock edge to them as effectively.
“It’s undoubtedly nation,” Johns mentioned. “However I’m a Rock n’ Roll lady. So it has a rustic rock vibe.”
The Hernando native isn’t any stranger to the bars and golf equipment of Memphis and DeSoto County. Johns began enjoying guitar when she was 15 and has performed in all places from B.B. King’s and Rum Boogie on Beale Avenue, to Dollywood and cruise ships, and Alan Jackson’s AJ’s Good Time Bar in Nashville.
She credit her mom, Darlene Johns, with permitting her to be homeschooled so she might pursue her dream.
“I requested my mother if I might be homeschooled so I might proceed my music profession,” Johns mentioned. “She thought I used to be loopy, however she supported it. She took me forwards and backwards to Nashville on weekends and I performed lots in Memphis. She’s been my rock by means of all of this.”
Johns has steadily been making her manner up the music ladder since, and has opened for big-name acts like Luke Bryan, Chris Younger, Randy Houser, and Trailer Choir.
She met Smiley, who has labored on albums with Johnny Money, Clay Aiken and plenty of others, and co-wrote the songs on “Thunder.” Johns mentioned Smiley was capable of seize her coronary heart, power and soul, and within the course of helped her come into her personal as an artist.
“He’s been unimaginable,” Johns mentioned. “I actually needed a celebration album. There are solely two songs on the album which can be ballads. Every thing else is upbeat, energetic and enjoyable. It’s received a very good live performance vibe.”
“Whiskey Break” was impressed by a phrase coined by a guitar participant who she regularly seems with.
“Each time someone purchased us a drink or shot on stage, he would all the time inform the band that we’re taking a whiskey break,” Johns mentioned. “So I form of took that from him and wrote that music.”
The opposite two singles exude lady energy.
“Thunder,” the title observe, is a few lady who steps away from a poisonous relationship.
“It’s about changing into free and saying, you realize what? You may’t take away my thunder,” Johns mentioned. “I’m simply going to be me and I’m simply going to be free on this life.”
The third single, “No Extra Probabilities,” is a few lady who meets up together with her lady associates in a bar and says no extra probabilities for a man to get me. I’m spending my night time with my women.
“It’s a enjoyable music,” Johns mentioned. “This one we took somewhat pop-country and we added some dobro to it.”
The songs can be found for obtain on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora and different music platforms.
Johns may also launch a brand new single, a canopy model of Pam Tillis’s “Possibly it was Memphis.” She can be in Memphis this week for 3 days to shoot the video.
“We went into the studio and did our tackle it,” Johns mentioned. “It’s received a really Tom Petty vibe. So we can be at Mud Island and Solar Studio. And Boo Mitchell, who’s Bruno Mars’s producer, we’re excited to have him within the video. That single comes out this Friday and the video can be out within the subsequent couple of weeks.”