Country News

Country music is often referenced as being a big family, but like most families there are fights and sometimes not everyone gets along. Maren Morris admits to Playboy this week that her song “Girl” is about a fight she had with another woman in country music.

While she didn’t say who the fight was with she shared about “Girl,” “It’s about a fight I was having with another woman who’s also in the music industry. Women in this industry are often pitted against each other. It’s not our fault, but we internalize it, because that’s what women do. We take on the weight, because we’re always so quick to apologize and make peace when we should be like, ‘Actually, this is their issue, not ours.’ We need to figure this out. It’s not our fault there are so few slots that we turn on each other.”

Maren also told Playboy that sharing her political views and thoughts often loses her social followers. She said, “At one point I posted a picture of Emma González, one of the survivors of the Parkland shooting, and I lost probably 5,000 followers. To not be able to share an opinion, or to lose fans and ticket sales over it, is so mind-boggling to me, because it’s an American right—a human right—to be able to voice your opinion.”

She continued, “Of course, any fan has the choice to quit buying your music or listening to it. But as a tax-paying citizen, I should be allowed to speak up when I’m passionate about something. It’s always to increase awareness. It’s to let my fans know where I stand. I don’t want to be one of those head-in-the-sand artists who’s only worried about keeping the money in my pocket. I get only one life here, and if I’m going to be a musician and do this thing I’ve been given a gift for, I would like people to know what I believe in. This is where I stand, this is what I want, this is the world I want my kids to live in. That’s why I speak up when I do. It definitely ruffles feathers. Not many country artists speak up.”

-Nancy Brooks