Hear Carly Pearce’s Fierce New Single, ‘Next Girl’

“He’ll charm your mama with that smile/ Hide the red flags for a little while…”

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Lauren Jo Black

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September 3, 2020

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Allister Ann

Carly Pearce is leaning into her love for ’90s country music in her just-released single, “Next Girl.”

Destined to take her already red-hot career to new heights, “Next Girl” channels Pearce’s love for artists such as Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire and The Chicks. Turning to some of her idols as inspiration, the songstress found the recipe for success with her new release.

Co-written by Pearce alongside Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, “Next Girl” serves as a warning to the “Next Girl” who ends up with a womanizing man. It’s an all too familiar storyline that many women can relate to: getting swept off your feet by someone who says and does all the right things…until he doesn’t.

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“[He’ll] hide the red flags for a little while,” she warns in the first verse.

Backed by banjo and steel guitar, Pearce goes on to recall his deceptive ways.

“I bet you probably met him at a bar/ Let him walk you to your car, I bet/ He said he never falls this hard/ Yeah I remember that part/ He knows how to say all the right things/ Knows how to get you outta that dress/ Knows how to make you think you’re the best thing/ But I know what happens next, girl,” she sings on the chorus.

This is exactly the kind of song that Pearce’s fans have been begging for her to release and she more than delivered with “Next Girl.”

With its fierce storytelling, clever wordplay and modern-meets-traditional sound, “Next Girl” will undoubtedly be an instant radio hit. And quite possibly the biggest song of her career thus far. If this is any indication of what’s to come on Pearce’s next album, BRING IT ON.

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Lauren Jo Black

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.