Sounds Like: Saturday night turning into a kiss-and-run Sunday morning, as sung by a suicide-blonde honky-tonk angel
For Fans of: Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, heartbreak
Why You Should Pay Attention: A year after this Arkansas native moved to Nashville, she won American Songwriter magazine's 2013 "Pub Deal Contest," which thrust her into the world of Nashville co-writers. Eventually she hooked up with Clint Wells, her primary collaborator, with whom she co-wrote most of the 14 indelible and deeply personal songs of relationship trauma on her album, The Token (out September 9th). Sharp production from Josh Ritter keyboardist Sam Kassirer and just-right backup from a band of what Davis calls "really cool non-Nashville guys" transform her confessions of alcohol-fueled romantic misadventures into stark relief. Songs like "Benefits," "Motel Room" and "I Go to Bars and Get Drunk" are lived-in and true to life.
She Says: "Ever since I was young, songs have been like my diary. Every song on this record is pretty much verbatim. I don't write about things I've not experienced, at least not so far. Something I've only recently realized, because of the demise of every relationship I get into, I have trouble telling men what I feel and think about them – but not writing about it. Songs are my easiest outlet for speaking super vulnerably about what I'm feeling but can't say face-to-face."
Hear for Yourself: "The Token," her album's title track, plays like a series of mood swings from the exit ramp of another cratering relationship. D.M.