SINGLE REVIEW: Looking Back by Calamity Jane

Nashville based duo Calamity Jane has just released Looking Back, continuing to recalibrate genre with a sustained and alternative approach to country-pop. The new release follows their recent hit Give It All Away and a string of notable tracks, including Devil Went Down To Georgia (#64 Music Row Charts, US),with subsequent tracks featured on glorified Spotify editorial playlists like “Wild Country,” “Fresh Finds,” “Next from Nashville,” “New Music Nashville,” and more. More recently, Calamity Jane has gone viral on TikTok with 2.2 million views on a video around abuse awareness, a platform the group is very passionate about. Their reach continues to grow outside of social media on radio, charting on Music Row in the States and billboard radio in Australia. They can also frequently be seen featured on networks like CMT, TCN, and dozens of others. Further accomplishments include opening for Maddie & Tae, Travis Denning, Easton Corbin, Joe Diffie, Keith Anderson, and more. Featuring Lucy Cantley on fiddle and Camille Rae on vocals, Calamity Jane’s singular brand of country, folk and pop is woven into a heart-wrenching elixir, revealing a narrative that sets the scenes of youth against a lush, sonic palette. After a scene-setting instrumental introduction, the verses kick in, bringing to light a reminiscence with direct and compelling imagery. The chorus contains several rousing hit points, aided by eloquent and stirring vocal harmonies. Following another cycle, a bridge section helps transform the song with a melodic change, creating a space into which a breakdown chorus reveals the potency of the leading hook. With a style of dynamic and genuine sensitivity we’ve come to expect from the band, Looking Back once again harnesses evocative performances to create a rich, organic musical experience. Like its namesake, Calamity Jane shows incredible promise to challenge the status quo and perhaps make a mark in history.

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