Sounds Like: A snarky, barbed-wire cross between Lee Ann Womack and Buddy Miller
For Fans of: Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack
Why You Should Pay Attention: With nary an acoustic guitar to be heard on her gritty and glorious debut LP, New City Blues, Sellers can definitely rock you out of your mind, while her sweeter side can melt even the hardest soul down to nothing. The daughter of songwriter-musician Jason Sellers and country-music treasure Womack, Sellers can't help sounding like her mom. But with hints of cynical darkness and aggressive splashes of straight-ahead rock — what she rightly terms "garage country" — this definitely ain't her mama's country music.
She Says: "If you heard a lot of these songs in their original form, you'd be surprised how they turned out," says Sellers, who reveled in shaping the sound of the LP alongside the project's producer, and her stepfather, Frank Liddell. "When I'm writing, I'm focusing more on just the basic melody and the lyrics. What really excites me is the production. I get in there and change a lot of stuff."
Hear for Yourself: "Loveless Rolling Stone" has a soulful bitterness that will haunt you. Stephen L. Betts