When I’m onstage, I’m myself. I’m not playing any character- Aubrie Sellers
If this gem sounds familiar, it’s because she is the daughter of the one & only Lee Ann Womack. She shares her natural talent with her mom & her dad, Jason Sellers, also a singer/songwriter. Not to mention Frank Liddell, a huge producer, is her step father. Bottom line: the girl has connections.
BUT. Aubrie doesn’t care about following in anyone’s footsteps, she is paving her own way. Coining the sub genre of “garage country,” her sound is unique & unapologetic. Though her freshman album wa first released independently, & later got picked up by a major label & rereleased, she never relied on her parents’ ties to the industry to help her. The album spoke for itself. Major respect.
Her freshman album is moody, raw, & real. Bold. Unapologetic. She says what everyone I thinking, but scared to say. BLESS. And, you guessed it, not adopted by mainstream radio. It really is a damn shame because it is phenomenal. Vocals, production, feel, lyrics...it is all amazing.
Here are my top picks:
Light of Day
Bold way to start an album. You sort of feel like you are listening to Lee Ann, simply because of the gorgeous voice, but soon you realize this girl has her own personality & isn’t shy about it. Dark and brilliant.
Sit Here & Cry
Traditional Country meets Garage Country. I love the tongue in cheek approach at the broken hearted woman. Clearly strong women don’t have time to mope & she illustrates that the stereotype is bs.
Society is a bitch, y’all. We, as women, are told how we should look, act, be, etc. We have celebrities that put on all the glitz & glam & we believe we should change ourselves to “fit in” and mimic how they look. But Aubrie doesn’t take that shit, as none of us should. Bless her fearlessness.
All you are is a paper doll. Cardboard cutout just like all the rest of them that don’t know how to stand out. From that one-trick crowd. Oh you’re just a Paper doll, Doll. dressing up. Go put on your cheap makeup.
Depression is real. I love this honest depiction of of dealing with the high & lows. There also was a bit of a stab at antidepressants, and our society’s obessession with medicating. Sometimes you just have to ride the waves & find your balance. Also love that this was a little more traditional sounding, with the steel guitar and the stripped down feeling.
See Paper Doll. Society/media sucks.
Sometimes people are assholes & need to be called out.
The reverb, though. I love a good solid echo. I want to feel like I’m in the studio. People talk, that’s what they are best at. Especially when you are the “new kid in town.” That new city blues.
Aubrie’s version of a love song. After all the sass, I suppose I can appreciate one love song. What I love is that it’s not a fairy tale, just two people who like to enjoy the simple things together.
Living is Killing Me
Would we expect any other ending to this album? Life’s a bitch. Thank goodness we have good music.
Bless Aubrie for saying all the things that need to be said, especially in the Country platform. It’s not all sunshine & rainbows. I appreciate her will to be herself, even if it doesn’t get her #1’s.
Also, I know that contained a few choice words. Sorry, not sorry.