Caroline Kid Releases Self Titled Debut EP

An Iowa native, Caroline Kid grew up in the heart of the Midwest driving to school on country roads, daydreaming about a life beyond the suburbs, and always waiting for summer. Five years into a ‘ten year town,’ Kid has blossomed with her craft.

What made you decide to pursue a career as a solo artist?

I can’t shake this feeling that it is what I am supposed to be doing. I wish I had a better answer for you, but I feel a sense of purpose when I’m creating and I decided I’d like to see what potential I have. You can’t win if you don’t play.

Getting yourself a guitar at 25 allowed you to look at music in a new way — with chords. Attending songwriting seminars. Key West Songwriters Festival. You shared that The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” is the only cover you’ve ever played during a live show. What stands out about the composition of this song for you?

“Cowboy Take Me Away” was the first cover my band and I played and I chose it because when I hear that song I feel like I am watching a movie. I aspire to have that hypnotic and escapist quality in my songs. The lyrics are so clear yet they leave room for imagination.

Iowa native. Moved to Oregon then Tennessee in 2016. One of the first songs you wrote in Music City is your current debut single, “Wyoming.” The song is based on real events of long-distance longing and missed connections. “I’ve wanted to release this song for a long time, but knew I needed the stars to align to do it right. Watching the transformation of this song go from chicken scratches in my journal to a full production with studio musicians is surreal.” Can you share the process it went through, from ‘chicken scratches’ to what we hear today?

Of course! I wrote this song when I moved to Nashville 6 years ago so I could have something to start playing open mics with. What I didn’t expect was that people would like it as much as they did. I took it to a master class and asked some writers for feedback. They gave me some valuable tips that I think helped me to tell more of the story in the chorus. I rewrote the chorus and bridge several times. I even cut a verse after recording the track. That was the final touch it needed, but it has always felt like a song made of clay, whereas some songs are stone in their first version.

Blending country, pop, classic rock, and good old-fashioned storytelling. Debut EP. “Some of these songs have been written and performed for years. I’ve been keeping this project close to my chest for so long that these songs are beginning to rattle inside of me like a cage. These songs are the real me, and I’m ready for the world to have them.” What message do you hope fans take away from the EP?

I hope people feel like they are getting to know me through my music and I hope the honesty in this project finds someone who has felt some of the same ways I have. My favorite artists seem to somehow make music that sounds like my life feels. It makes me feel connected to them as a creative and I am excited to make music for my experiences and find out who feels connected to it.

What’s been inspiring your music lately?

Early 2000’s pop and country. I miss big mushy love ballads! And I want to write a good song for line dancing.

If you could record a duet with any current artist, it would be _____ because _____.

Hardest question ever. One of the first thoughts that popped into my mind was Billy Currington. I just love that man’s voice. Maybe when I make it big we can write that throwback love ballad!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’m interested in the startup world and spend time networking in Nashville’s growing tech scene. Nashville is amazing, and has so much opportunity in and out of country music. I’m really interested in innovation and what is coming next.

When you’re not playing shows or writing, where do you find yourself on the weekends in Music City?

The airport! I am always going somewhere. I absolutely love traveling, especially somewhere I can go hiking. But if I am in town I’ll probably be getting coffee at Steadfast and going for a walk around Bicentennial Mall. It’s my ritual.

What’s coming in 2023?

More! More music, more shows, more adventures. You ain’t seen nothing yet! Ha.

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