Caroline Reese’s upbringing is the kind of stuff you hear about in country songs. The young singer-songwriter grew up outside Reading, Pennsylvania, where the rust belt meets the Amish country. Her mom ran a horse farm and her dad sold antiques, and both of these facts inform the old-soul tendencies in her songs. She and her band, the Drifting Fifth, combine elements of country, folk, and indie-rock, along with Reese’s lyrics that seem to reach far beyond her own life experiences. Their new album, Tenderfoot, set to release on January 6, 2017, deals with vulnerability and trying to move on in life and love.
Today we are excited to premiere one of the standout tracks on Tenderfoot, “What I Did”, right here on Glide Magazine. The song is as heartfelt as it is catchy with just the right amount of twang to accentuate the beautiful sweeping harmonies.
Reflecting on “What I Did”, Caroline Reese says, “I wrote this song when I was working on a ranch in Montana. I was in a swather cutting hay and my boss told me to make sure to stay really focused and keep my rows straight because I was new at it. But of course a song started coming to me. I didn’t want to slow down on the machine, so I just kept cutting hay singing the song over and over the sound of the engine so I wouldn’t forget it. By the time I was done, the field was a little mangled but the song was written. Since then it’s been a favorite with our audiences at live shows, and I’m so glad to finally have a polished version of it to share.”
Caroline Reese & The Dirfting Fifth release Tenderfoot on January 6th, 2017. For more music and info visit carolinereesemusic.com.
Photo: Christina Maida