Monday, July 01, 2024


Gable Burnett and her kickoff song “Trouble” are Americana country rocking out into fun


By Kurt Beyers

Gable Burnett’s new song “Trouble” starts off with a bang and takes off from there in a flat dead rocking country run.

Her career as a recording artist, beginning with “Trouble,” should follow the same trajectory. “Should” not only because she writes some great music and “should” because she has the talent and the power voice, but “should” because she is working it.

The song, dropping May 31, is based on a family joke.

“When I was a little girl, I was very high energy and very curious. I got into all sorts of trouble. I’d take things apart and see if I could put them back together. I’d run off in public, not to be intentionally bad, but over the years it developed into this outlandish kind of reputation thing for the small town that I grew up in. ‘Oh, Gable’s trouble. She’s a little wild.’”

Take that concept, put it in an adult context, get Gable to play with it in her brand of country — “falling,” she says, “under the subgenres of Americana, red dirt, classic country, folk and blue grass” — and you’ve got what could be/should be a legitimate hit.

I don’t go out looking for trouble ’Cos trouble’s looking for me Waiting there right around the corner When I’m just walking down the streetWhere you find one you’ll find the other Don’t believe me ask my mother 

The song is clearly country, but rock is also in the mix, in generous measure. She agrees with that opinion to an extent.

“I think it’s all subjective at the end of the day. With the rock style instruments we put in there, we have a kind of rockabilly, old school sound, but people who are hardcore into rock and the sub genres of rock might not consider it rock.”

However it might be considered, the music is fun and danceable and the lyrics are fun and listener singable. You will be singing it out loud before you know you’re doing it.

“Trouble,” which she co-wrote with Andi Renfree, who wrote “The Buffalo Grass” for Chris LeDoux, is the first song in this new phase of her career. She has been performing for years, and for the last couple has been putting out music on the streaming platforms, but with new manager Lisa Kyser of Ten East Ten West, she now has direction.

Gable has pulled her previous catalogue and it will be re-released in the distribution plan for her music.

Before 2018, she was in opera as part of a studio in Richardson, Texas, and did opera kinds of things, like singing in seven different languages and performing in the Carnegie Hall honors series, where she won some scholarship money.

She participated in National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions “and all this kind of high classical stuff.”

“But I really didn’t start trying to figure out what I wanted to do and performing more of what I wanted to do until 2018, when I moved to Nashville. Even though I had that classical background and education, I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher and I knew I didn’t want to sing opera over in Europe, and those are pretty much the only two options you have in that classical path.”

Country at first wasn’t in the running for what she wanted to do. She was “messing around with pop and different stuff,” but her family didn’t want her to go to Los Angeles or New York. Family friends connected to the Gatlin Brothers suggested country.

“At the time, the main thing was the Florida-Georgia line and a lot of bro country, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it just wasn’t my style. I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t want that. I don’t want to sing about boots and trucks and blah blah blah.’ And they said, ‘No no no! You’re good. Listen to some Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Here’s some artists and some songs. Go listen to that and come back.’”

She took the advice.

“They were right,” she said. “I love the storytelling aspect. I love the history behind it. I love the culture behind it. I love everything about country music. It ties into so much of my life, where I grew up and everything, that I was taken aback that I hadn’t discovered how wonderful it was sooner.”

She paused for a second, thinking about that, then said, “Well, I grew up in a household where I was only allowed to listen to Christian music for years.”

She says now her two main inspirations are Dolly and David Alan Coe. She also references The Judds, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette — “all the women who’ve been really big in country music, who’ve come before me and definitely paved the way for me to be able to do what I’m trying my best to do.”

When she says “trying,” she means putting in some hard work.

“This is basically the start of everything for me,” she said. “I’ve got four jobs, and both my parents helped me, too. I got all these different side hustles just trying to make the dream come true.”

She has shows booked in August, more songs ready to put out, “other things in the pipeline that we’re getting pre-recorded to put out after that.”

The next single, “Cicada Summer,” will be out soon after “Trouble.”

“We’ve got quite a few songs ready and more music to put out, more singles. We’ve got a whole strategy for release. We’re gonna have plenty of stuff to share with everybody, and I’m so excited for it.”

“Trouble” is a great start. Connect to Gable Burnett on all platforms for new music, videos, and social posts.

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