April 08, 2013 12:00 PM


Your debut, Same Trailer Different Park, is getting attention for “Follow Your Arrow,” which among other things supports the gay community. Why tackle that topic?

My friend from high school came out to me: He had gone through a lot because we were from a very conservative area [in Texas]. It’s an issue that isn’t talked about in country music. But it’s time for that to change.

You cowrote Miranda Lambert’s single “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

She made that song her own, and that’s really cool. She’s opened a lot of doors as far as being a woman who stands up for herself and says something.

What did you listen to growing up?

My dad played Neil Young and Tom Petty records, and I used to sing Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn songs. And like every other girl, I was really into the Spice Girls and ‘N Sync.

Is it true you can yodel?

Yeah! I learned when I was in a western swing group. I haven’t yodeled in a while. I’d need a major buzz to start again.

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