Maren Morris’ Redneck Moments

Newcomer Reveals Old Soul of New Music

In a brand new Q&A with industry publication Country Aircheck, country music’s latest blessing — Maren Morris — admits she’s had a redneck moment or two. But her most recent one was when she wrote a song about the Powerball lottery.

Other semi-rednecky things I learned about the “My Church” singer include:

1. Her love of Beaver Nuggets, a snack food I’ve never had, but they sound like little handfuls of heaven. Or like butter and caramel coated corn puffs. “And if I’m ever in a Buc-ees, I grab Beaver Nuggets (don’t ask),” Morris says of the Texas-based chain of convenience stores where she gets them.

2. Morris’ dream dinner would be with the late alt-rocker Jeff Buckley, and she’d like the late June Carter and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain to be there with her.

3. She says she would describe her five-song major label debut EP as new music with an old soul. “It’s fun, relatable, heartbreaking, but doesn’t take itself too seriously,” she said. Her “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry” is a prime example of just that.

Morris, whose “My Church” is just starting to get some serious attention from country radio, has also been writing for other artists. She co-wrote Tim McGraw’s “Last Turn Home” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Second Wind.”

But when she hears her own song on the radio, there’s nothing like it.

“The first time I heard myself on the radio it was obviously very emotional. I resisted taking a video because I really just wanted to soak in the moment,” she said. “It never gets old.”

I’m expecting more and more great things from Morris. I think we are like-minded when it comes to what makes country music country. Because as she recently told the Dallas Observer, “I miss turning the radio on and getting punched in the soul with a great lyric.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.