Priscilla Block is an Open Book on Her Debut Album, ‘Welcome to the Block Party’
Block promises the album has “all the trash, all the sass and all the sad” and she certainly delivers.
Priscilla Block; Photo by Logen Christopher
When Priscilla Block moved to Nashville in 2014, she set her sights on one day releasing an album. Now, nearly eight years later, Block’s dream has become a reality with the release of her 12-track debut, Welcome To The Block Party.
The album is a culmination of years of hard work, putting in her time in Music City as a songwriter and artist. With every track co-written by Block, Welcome To The Block Party tells her personal stories of heartbreak, triumph and independence and offers fans a glimpse into who she is behind the scenes.
While songs like the title track and “Thick Thighs” showcase Block’s light-hearted side, she truly shines when she digs deep and tugs at the emotions. This is evident on the autobiographical “I Know A Girl,” featuring guest vocals from Hillary Lindsey.
“It’s very much of my life,” Block tells Country Now of the track she co-wrote with Lindsey and David Garcia. “When we wrote this song, we just got to talking about my childhood and why I am the way that I am. I think that’s a piece of my life that I had never really written before, so it was cool to just write it out on paper.”
Though she admits she was “quite terrified” to get in the writing room with hit songwriters like Lindsey and Garcia, Block says the lyrics fell into place quickly.
“Hillary just started asking me about my life… and the song just fell out of the air,” she recalls. “I’m such a big fan of hers and I felt like it – it made perfect sense to have her on this song.”
She describes the finished product as “the older sister talking to the younger me” and says she’s “obsessed” with the way it turned out.
Another emotional standout is “Like A Boy.” It’s the track Block says she’s most excited for fans to hear.
Like many of her songs, “Like A Boy” was inspired by a breakup, but this one is “really special” as it was inspired by advice her father once gave her.
“I remember when I wrote this song, I had a flashback to my dad saying, ‘you know, a man… a man won’t walk away,” she remembers, adding, “I was going through a really hard breakup and it was kind of the moment that I was able to kind of let that feeling go – you know? There was just something that was really freeing when I wrote that song.”
Block promises the album has “all the trash, all the sass and all the sad” and she certainly delivers. The sass, and her ‘90s/early 2000s country influences, shine on the confident “Ever Since You Left” – a breakup anthem that packs a punch like songs previously released by some of her heroes like Jo Dee Messina and Gretchen Wilson.
Funny enough, she was listening to a Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” just before the songwriting session.
“I just like songs that are kind of like girl power songs,” she explains. “I walked in there and I was like, ‘guys, we need to write a country girl power, like, ‘I’m good actually, your loss for leaving’ type song’ and I think that we really landed it that day.”
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Block had “full creative control” on the project and had a hand in developing everything that goes along with the album, including the packaging. The color blue that fans see intertwined throughout the album and all of Block’s social media accounts and merch? She had a hand in that, too.
“Blue is very much of the way that I was feeling when I wrote these songs. Blue is my favorite color,” she reveals. “I love themes with albums. I think there’s something really cool in that. I think to my favorite albums of my favorite artists and there’s always something that I’m like, ‘oh my gosh, that was this era.’ And so everything in this album is blue and I want it to be something that you hear, but when you hear, it, you also see blue.”
Following the release of the album, Priscilla Block will embark on her first-ever headlining tour, aptly titled the Welcome To The Block Party Tour. With shows planned through late April, the North Carolina native is ready to give fans the full “Block Party experience.”
“I want it to be an experience,” the ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominee teases. “Even if I’m playing clubs, I want outfit changes, I want it to feel like something that they’ve never seen on a small stage.”
Welcome To The Block Party is available to stream/purchase HERE.
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.