Concert Spotlight Interview: Carly Pearce

Country Newcomer Plays Jones Beach with Rascal Flatts and Dan + Shay

Carly Pearce may be a relatively new name in country, but she’s someone you should know, having hit #1 on the Country Airplay chart with her debut single “Every Little Thing” and now joining Rascal Flatts and Dan + Shay on their summer tour, which stops at Jones Beach July 6. Though her songs are completely timeless and modern
at the same time, there is a classic element to Carly’s songs that may remind many of tunes by major female country forces in the 90s like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, and Reba due to their focus on vocals and melody.

Pearce recently played her 50th show at the Grand Ole Opry (in just three years), and she won her first major award. She talked recently with Hamptons Monthly about these achievements and her experiences on the road with superstars.

Congratulations on winning your first major music award just a few weeks back, the CMT Music Award Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Every Little Thing.” You are just one of a handful of female country artists making a splash at the moment on radio. Was this a welcome moment for you being recognized among peers after years of work in the industry?

Yeah, I think that obviously as an artist you want to be recognized for your work. To be nominated but also to win is just huge validation that the music I am doing is resonating. I will never forget that night.

You are on the “Back to Us Tour” this summer with two incredible acts, Rascal Flatts and Dan + Shay, stopping at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on July 6. What have you already learned on the road from Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, or others and what do you look forward to with Rascal Flatts and Dan + Shay?

I think that I’m able to tour with the biggest country male acts — everyone from Brett Young to Luke to Rascal. As a new artist, I watch their show, see how they treat their crew, pay attention to the songs they choose for their sets. They are all types of artists and have different ways of doing things, so I think I’m getting a crash course with the best. It’s like being on the A-Team.

You recently performed for the 50th time at Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry — reaching this feat in three years. What is consistent for you whether playing the Grand Ole Opry or another show or event for fans, and what do you hope music lovers take away from the Carly Pearce experience?

I feel like I’m one of the newer artists that does it the most. I think you’re getting a taste of every shade of my personality, whether it’s a heartbreak ballad or a girl anthem. I think you get a shade of each side of me and my influences, and I think people are surprised to see I’m not just a singer who talks about getting her heart broken. My band are some of my closest friends.

“Color,” “I Need a Ride Home,” “Honeysuckle,” “Feel Somethin’,” and of course “Hide The Wine” are some of the standouts on your debut album. There’s so much to enjoy from just one album. What song feels like it’s resonating really well on tour, and is there anything in particular you are looking forward to playing in the New York area?

Obviously my new single “Hide the Wine” and “Every Little Thing.” I hope “If My Name Was Whiskey” is the third single. No matter if I’m in New York, LA, or Arkansas, people seem to love this one.