Alana Springsteen and Roman Alexander Drop Mesmerizing Duet, ‘Trying Not To’

Rising country star Alana Springsteen just dropped a new duet featuring fellow country newcomer Roman Alexander and it’s poised to…


Lauren Jo Black

| Posted on

March 19, 2021


3:48 pm

Share on:

Alana Springsteen, Roman Alexander; Photo by David Bradley

Rising country star Alana Springsteen just dropped a new duet featuring fellow country newcomer Roman Alexander and it’s poised to a breakout hit. 

Trying Not To” tells the relatable story of a couple trying to move on following a breakup and admitting that moving on is tougher than they imagined it would be. As they try to navigate life apart, they find themselves constantly drawn back to one another. 

“But I, I still think about you, baby/ I wish it didn’t feel so right I really wanna’/ Tell you I don’t miss you and really mean it/ I just can’t though I want to but I’m tryin’ not to,” they sing on the chorus, “Take back goodbye, said I changed my mind/ Been there before but I’m tryin’ not to/ Call you tonight/ But it’s almost like I miss you more when/ I’m tryin’ not to…”

“Trying Not To” was co-written by Springsteen and Alexander alongside the track’s producers Jerry Flowers (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood) and Jared Keim (Rascal Flatts, Restless Road).

YouTube video

“‘Trying Not To’ is a song that came to life in the writing room. It was my first time writing with Jerry, Jared and Roman, and I’m not sure if it had to do with the four of us being such a great fit as collaborators or if we just had a really great day (maybe both?), but it felt like it almost wrote itself,” Springsteen explains.

“We all knew right away that it needed to be out in the world. At its core, it’s about the push and pull of two people who know they’re not good for one another but just can’t seem to stay away,” she continues. “We wanted to describe that tension and how things that are wrong for you can also be what you want the most. It made so much sense for this to be a duet – the back and forth of the relationship is mirrored in the structure of the verses and Roman’s vocal brought so much energy to the track overall.”

The official music video for “Trying Not To” made its debut on Friday as well. The clip stars Springsteen and Alexander and brings the song’s undeniable energy to life. Directed by David Bradley, the performance-heavy clip was shot in an abandoned warehouse in Nashville. 

Click above to watch the brand new video. 

Share on:

Lauren Jo Black

Written by

Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.