RECORD LABEL:Mountain Home Music Company
Following the contemporary rush of “Something You Didn’t Count On” and the traditional sounds of bluegrass gospel on “Still Waters,” Jaelee Roberts reveals yet another side of her musical palette with “Think Again,” her third single for Mountain Home Music Company. Penned by a couple of veteran Music Row hitmakers, Marla Cannon-Goodman and Shane Stockton, it’s a well-crafted excursion into the country side of bluegrass that suggests once again that Roberts has a rare degree of interpretive conviction and depth for a singer just emerging from her teens.
Produced by Balsam Range’s award-winning bassist, Tim Surrett, the ballad features a top-shelf group of musicians—IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Alan Bibey, Steve Martin Prize-winning banjo player Kristin Scott Benson, veteran country and bluegrass fiddler Jimmy Mattingly and guitarist Tony Wray, plus Surrett himself—who provide subtle, sympathetic backing. Still, it’s Roberts herself whose emotionally complex performance stands front and center, as she reels off a series of warnings to a newly minted ex, starting with the song’s devastating opening lines:
If you’re thinkin’ that the lights that you’re seeing down the road coming round the bend
Belong to me, better think again
“Think Again” is such a well-written song that goes straight to the heart,” notes Roberts, who recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut as the newest member of the IBMA’s Entertainers of the Year, Sister Sadie. “My Sister Sadie bandmate, Deanie Richardson, brought the demo to me, and the very first time I heard it I knew immediately that I had to record it…it’s just that kind of song! When I sing ‘Think Again’ I can see the story unfolding in my mind, because the words are very visual and I think that most people will relate to it. Who hasn’t experienced that final good-bye when you absolutely know that a relationship is over and it’s time to move on? This song tells that classic story with emotional lyrics and a beautiful melody–and a little bit of attitude, too!”
With its delicate opening, deftly unfolding story line, exquisitely understated fiddle solo, an extended outro that gives Benson, Bibey and Mattingly room for an instrumental conversation—and, most of all, Roberts’ nuanced yet compelling vocal—“Think Again” will be welcomed not only by bluegrass fans, but by anyone appreciating a good, old-fashioned heartbreak country song.
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