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Sarah Rowe has just released a new song called “Bullsh*t” she describes as “as uplifting & powerful. It’s vulnerable and soft, but at the same time punchy and fun. A classic country girl anthem.”

What was your inspiration for your song?

“My inspiration for the song was going through a few tough seasons in life. I’ve always considered myself strong, independent, and a confident woman. However, I found myself dealing with a lot of BS in a lot of different forms, but more frequently in relationships. A lot of it was my own fault. I get that. I could have easily left and walked away, but instead I often lost myself in the idea of what could be. I often wonder why I put up with so much. Maybe it could have been that I wanted love so deeply that I held onto people, places, and things that clearly weren’t intended for me. Silly right. Whatever the reason, I always stayed a little longer than I needed to. In the meantime, I felt like I couldn’t actually express the words I needed to say to the people that I needed to, so I would often express myself by sitting in a quiet room and writing. That’s my escape. That’s how the lyrics to “BS” came to be. Once I organized the structure of the lyrics, the melody and arrangement kinda just happened, it just flowed. I don’t usually get that lucky.

I wanted to do more for this song though. So I took the song and played it for my friend and now producer on the song, Edgar Wonder, to see what else we could do to really make the song special. He added a lot of wonderful elements and instrumental arrangements that had never even crossed my mind including guitar sections played by himself, stunning fiddle solos played by Emily Anslover, and smooth guitar riffs played by Ian Marine on electric. Once we got to the studio it really came to life. Collaboration is so crucial to the process because everyone has a different ear. I can’t stress that enough. I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out.”

Which lyric is your favorite from the song?

“My favorite lyric from the song would have to be, “I know me, and I know what I deserve.” Honestly, it took so long to get to that point of truly knowing myself and what I deserved. I feel like a lot of people can relate to that, too. We are constantly trying to find out who we are and learn our worth and value. It’s weird right, you would think we would just know how special and valuable we are, but we don’t. I finally found the courage to move forward and trust what God had intended for me. When I sang those lyrics in the studio for the final stages of the recording process, I could stand behind them. They are truly reminder lyrics, that we all need to know our worth and value.”

What is your history with music?

“My history with music stems from childhood. I grew up in southern central New Mexico where the roots of Southwest culture grow strong and steady. It’s a beautiful place to call home. My dad was a musician and played guitar and sang. When I was a young girl he would play songs while I sat on his lap and sang along. He would play some great classic country tunes like that of Randy Travis, Southern rock classics like Lynyrd Skynyrd and so much more. I grew up listening to all genres of music, and have a lot of different influences. That is a whole conversation in itself. What I think I truly love most about country music is the simplicity. It doesn’t need all the lights, smoke, and mirrors. For me, nothing beats a raw voice, a few simple chords on a guitar, and a story. You can feel that right to your core. I would consider myself a storyteller, we all have a story and music is how I like to tell mine and the stories of those close to me. I love to sing and bring people together through music, it brings me so much peace and joy. I couldn’t imagine not doing it. As far as playing guitar goes. That took me a little longer to take to. I had a guitar that just sat in the corner of my room begging me to play it. I was uninterested because it wasn’t naturally easy to learn. It wasn’t until I turned about 21 that I really picked it up and taught myself to play. I wanted to be able to accompany myself singing. That’s honestly the main reason I wanted to learn so badly. I’m constantly striving to hone those skills.”

What are your next plans for music? Where do you see yourself in 5 years with it?

“I have a few plans/goals for music in the future.

Since the pandemic I have had more time to focus on songwriting and dig deeper into the sound, style, and stories I want to share to represent me as an artist.

One major plan in the works is the release of a full album which I am hoping to release by the end of this year. I’ve had the pleasure of working with local talented recording studios, producers, and musicians on these tracks. We all have been putting in the time, blood, sweat, and tears to make this a reality. I’m really grateful for love, support ,and shared talent from that group and the community. It really helps to have a good supportive circle.

Another plan/goal In the future is doing small tours/shows in the southwest region to grow a listening base and connect with others. That’s more on the back side of planning right now because my main focus is really getting the record out, but it is in the pipeline.

In 5 years I see myself doing what I’m doing now but different. I think as the years come I will grow and connect differently with music that I make and want to continue making. With time I will have new experiences, and new things to write about as well as new perspectives on old experiences. I am smart enough now to trust the process and know that what’s meant for me is already coming. I’ve just got to make sure I’m ready when the time comes. I’ve always been happy with where I am and what I’ve got kind of girl but will always strive to learn, grow, and be better at my craft for myself and for when opportunities arise. I love the grind it keeps you hungry and humble. I truly love the small scale of things right now. It just fits for this season of my life. Would I be happy if I was playing large stadiums and doing all the “big things?” Yes. However, the reality of it is the “big things” are just a consistent series of small things all packed into what looks like “big things.” I love the connections and relationships I’ve made with other people because of the opportunities that music has brought into my life. As long as I’m having fun and doing it for the right reasons, I’m happy. I just want to make timeless country music. That’s the goal.

Another unique goal and purpose I have for this journey is the ability to leave behind this legacy to my children, and their children, and their children’s children, and so on. I think that music is such a special thing to leave behind. They will be able to know a little bit about me and the life I lived, the morals and values I lived by, and a little about what makes them in a way. Maybe they will become interested in art and music. It’s been a huge outlet for me and I am forever indebted to it for all it’s done for me. That to me is an ultimate gift.”

In the end, she wanted to add: “I am inspired by music, life, people, and by experiences. I don’t mind being vulnerable, taking a step out and sharing my struggles and stories with others. I hope that In doing so, that they can feel connected, and can open up about themselves and their experiences and be inspired to live a life true to their authentic self, and let go of what holds them down. That looks different for everyone. I’m not hanging my hat on whether this music stuff “takes off,” I’m just truly happy to be in the game. I’m proud of this music that we’ve created and can’t wait to share more.”

You can find the song on Spotify and iTunes.