Prepare to be impressed. Texan Abbey Cone is poised to release her new project, entitled Abbey, on July 10th. The young singer songwriter’s (she’s only sixteen) release will have your ears doing a double take as you listen to her incredibly strong, soulful (and pretty flawless) vocal delivery that, along with the maturity in her songwriting, delivers a wisdom typically not found in someone so young.
The album, an acoustic one which conveys a full band feel, was produced by Rocky Gribble and Curtis Jones. It contains sixteen tracks, fifteen of which Abbey penned herself-writing songs of heartbreak, life and love that are not solely for the under twenty crowd. Lead-off single “Love Like Him Again,” is a ballad on which she sings sadly, yet hopefully, about finding new love. “His eyes might not be blue, his hands not quite as strong, but Lord knows I’ll be waiting when that new love comes along/I don’t know where or when, but I’m gonna love like him again.”
In what could have easily been an up tempo tune, “Southern Charm” finds her quietly, lovingly extolling the qualities of the gentleman that makes her life complete. “He’s my pecan pie/I’m his sweet iced cream.” Love is also celebrated with music (“Mix Tape”), the beautifully told story of everyday life (“American Dream”) and honesty (the folksy fun “Do Ya”) while heartbreak is dealt with in songs somber (“This Ain’t Your Heartbreak” and “Fragile”), incredibly emotional (“Better Off A Memory”) and sad, yet encouraging (“Shoebox”).
Abbey is a record on which you will find simple, graceful production; where the instruments (fiddle, banjo and acoustic guitar) and vocals combine into something that sounds classic, yet new…something special. If this is what she can accomplish at sixteen, then the future indeed looks incredibly bright for Abbey Cone.