Single Review: Kendal Conrad “Country Queen”

It takes a lot of confidence to call oneself a “Country Queen” in a song. And before anyone calls out up and coming country singer Kendal Conrad for being too boastful, rest assured this new song was inspired by and intended for THE “Country Queen” Reba McEntire to sing when she wrote it.

Reba ended up not cutting the track, thus providing Conrad the opportunity to record it herself at Reba’s Starstruck Studios with former VP of Starstruck Entertainment Robert De La Garza at the helm (the song was engineered by Bill Deaton). Conrad was backed with some seriously talented musicians in the studio as Michael Rojas (ACM Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year), Bob Hatter (guitar/toured with Randy Houser), Eamon McLoughlin (recent Fiddle/Mandolin player for Josh Turner), Jack Gavin (recent drummer for Charlie Daniels Band), Dave Fowler (currently playing bass with Lorrie Morgan), and Scott Vestal (played banjo for Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, and Alan Jackson among others) all joined in on the action.

“Country Queen” itself, kicks in immediately with acoustic guitar strums, banjo plunks and a flashy fiddle. You know that “Country Queen” is indeed a country song. Conrad’s powerful vocals sweetly swoon during the verses as she explains what makes this “Country Queen” tick. She sings about preferring the simpler things of country life like moonlit nights, crickets and tractors as opposed to the bright lights, horns honking and taxis of city life. The booming chorus with some killer guitar leads, further drives the point home as she’s proclaims to be a proud two-steppin’, cowboy boot wearin’, guitar strummin’ and tailgatin’ “Country Queen.”

“Country Queen” is an enthusiastic tribute and anthem for women everywhere who love their country way of livin’. It’s a fun late night summer song that deserves to be heard – it’s royally splendid. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing more from this talented singer/songwriter. If her summer concert schedule is any indication (she has played or will be playing shows this summer with Easton Corbin, Rodney Atkins, Maggie Rose, Darius Rucker, Old Dominion, Mo Pitney and Craig Campbell to name a few) we should be hearing more from her sooner than later.

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Kendal Conrad Country Queen

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Author: Scott Colvin

Scott has 20+ years experience as a writer/editor and is #CMchat's Executive Editor. He's a rabid music fan and a sports junkie. If there's a cat in the room, he'll pet it. If there's a beer in the room, he'll drink it.

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