Something You Didn’t Count On
RECORD LABEL:Mountain Home Music Company
Following a set of well-received releases—’grassy hit “Something You Didn’t Count On;” traditional-leaning gospel waltz “Still Waters;” acoustic country ballad “Think Again;” and current single “You Can’t Stop Me From Staying” (co-written by Molly Tuttle)—singer Jaelee Roberts rounds out her musical portrait gallery with Something You Didn’t Count On, her debut full-length for Mountain Home Music Company.
Produced by award-winning bassist Tim Surrett (Balsam Range), the set features a stellar cast of backing musicians and singers that includes award-winning banjo player Kristin Scott Benson, Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton fiddler Jimmy Mattingly, bluegrass sweethearts Kenny & Amanda Smith, as well as a featured vocal from Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill.
Still, it’s Roberts who’s in control, with an artful yet down-home vocal style that has been turning heads even as it earned her a job last year as lead singer and guitar player with the acclaimed all-woman bluegrass quintet, Sister Sadie. Equally at home with songs she’s co-written herself (“Lie to Me,” “November,” “The Beginning Was the End,” and the title track), ones gleaned from Music Row (“Think Again,” “Sad Songs”) or newly-revived classics (“Landslide,” “Luxury Liner”), Roberts’ interpretative power is evident in every selection, as she neatly splits the difference between straightforward bluegrass and acoustic country. No surprise, really, from the daughter of Danny Roberts, a founding and current member of The Grascals, the award-winning Music City bluegrass quintet that gained early attention backing the legendary Dolly Parton.
Packed with well-crafted songs, artful arrangements, top-shelf musicianship and, above all, Roberts’ emotive singing, Something You Didn’t Count On is a compelling debut from a major new talent.
KEY SELLING POINTS
- Roberts earned an IBMA Momentum award nomination in 2021 for Vocalist of the Year
- Roberts is already receiving high praise from some of the most established names in country/Americana music: Patty Loveless ("WOW...this girl can sing!"), Shawn Camp ("...a voice as pure as mountain spring."), and Rhonda Vincent ("...a perfect example of amazing talent.")