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KC Johns 'Whiskey Break'

Review by Sylvie Marie & Staff

KC Johns is an American country music singer and songwriter. Born in Memphis, TN, Johns is inspired by the Memphis Blues of Otis Redding, the raw sounds of Chris Stapleton, and Americana rock music from the Boss as she creates a unique music experience that combines country with her Memphis roots. From singing for Carnival Cruise Lines to performing at Dollywood in the Smokey Mountains, to being featured in Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas Coat of Many Colors’ and opening up for artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Randy Houser, and Trailer Chior, Johns is now in the studio recording new material with an album set to release on February 2021 and touring the States. Her latest single, "Whiskey Break" showcases KC Johns undeniable talent.

After a few seconds of electronic ambiance in the intro, a full sound of melodic country-rock bursts open like a pair of saloon doors in "Whiskey Break", written by KC Johns and renowned Producer, Billy Smiley. Electric guitar riffs soulfully play the catchy melody while a deep bass, driving guitar power chords, and crisp drums set the stage. The band, who keeps it tight and in-the-pocket, creates an exciting sound that will keep your ears wide open and your head bopping.

Vocally, KC Johns has that country music "it factor" that can stand toe-to-toe with today's charting singers. Polished with a pinch of pop-styling and grounded by a natural southern country-rock edge, Johns shines as a singer who carries confidence and character in her voice. The musicians supporting Johns performance artistically make room for her voice to soar above the mix as she opens the song:

"Whiskey break

so raise your glass up high

It's time to raise the roof

and be with you all night."

"Whiskey Break" is free-spirited song about the taste of whiskey, the sound of a great band playing at the bar, and the thrill of meeting someone new. "Let's get lost with sweet emotion. Take the world and set it free."

Towards the end of the song, during a repeat of the chorus, as the other musicians pull back, the drums take over for an engaging stomp your foot sing-a-long moment that will get you raising that glass in the air.

"Whiskey Break", with it's addictive chorus and strong country rock groove, is a song you will remember long after you finish your last drink. With her spunk and style, KC Johns is an artist to watch in the country music scene.

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