While it may seem unusual to release a new single on a Sunday, pop-country-folk duo Jill and Kate have never been the type to stay within the lines. In celebration of their forthcoming album, entitled ELEVEN to celebrate their 11 years of musical partnership, the pair chose to release the album’s first single “Rocky Road” on the first 11 of 2015, January 11th.
While the former Kelly Clarkson and Trace Adkins backup singers have dabbled in everything from Taylor Swift covers to harmonic melodies and acoustic folk, they shine on the mid-tempo new track, produced by Dave Welsh of The Fray. While the title “Rocky Road” may have you immediately thinking of a sweet drippy ice cream cone, the song is far from a fluffy piece of pop, revealing intricate lyrics, melodies and the duo’s perfected harmonies as they lament over “all the things you’ll never know, these are all the reasons you might love me if I let them show…this is the me you never know.”
It turns out that despite their sunny dispositions, there’s much more to Jill and Kate, and peeling back those layers might be somewhat of a rocky road. With its contradictory upbeat tempo and downtrodden lyrics, the song is an anthem for all those girls who might be just a bit jaded, introverted or guarded.
Whether they’re singing backup, playing on StageIt or headlining their own shows, there’s an honesty and vulnerability to Jill and Kate that truly make them one of music’s best-kept secrets. With “Rocky Road,” they only add to an already impressive catalog of songs, and we can’t wait for the rest of the tracks on their forthcoming new album. On a scale of one to ten, “Rocky Road” is easily an eleven.
Listen to a preview of Jill and Kate’s “Rocky Road” here!