Sister Trio The Castellows Debut Nostalgic New Song, ‘Miss America’

This song serves as a love letter to Rural America.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 28, 2024


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The Castellows; Photo by Ben Humphrey

Country music sister-trio, The Castellows, just dropped their prideful new tune, “Miss America” just in time for the 4th of July holiday. 

The clever wordplay penned by the sisters with Nicolle Galyon and Will Bundy, finds them dreaming of the days when America looked a bit different. The song begins with a gentle portrayal of America as a woman, embodying serenity, hopefulness, and immense pride in the world around her.

“She was some kind of renegade/ Born on a summer day/ Fireworks in her eyes/ She was wild child seventeen/ Growing up evergreen/ Headed west for the big sky/ Little brown eyed blue jean baby/ In a pink house pretty as a daisy/ She got Rocky Mountain high/ And left a few roots behind,” The Castellows sing in a stream of beautiful harmonies in the opening verse. 

The Castellows; Miss America
The Castellows; Miss America

However, as the song continues and the years go by, America loses her spark as the world begins to shift and suddenly, she finds herself surrounded by more buildings than greenery, and less freedom than ever before. 

“But I miss America/ On the front porch/ Before she ever had to lock her doors/ When she was still outspoken/ Back before her heart got broken/ I miss America/ Bare feet in the dirt/ John 3:16 wasn’t scared to work/ Yeah they all dream of her/ She’s mine and I still love her/ But I miss America,” they sing on the chorus, indicating that while they still have pride for the country, there are certain aspects that they miss about what the world once was. 


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Why This Song Is So Special To The Trio

The Castellows revealed that “Miss America” is one of their favorite songs they’ve written so far as it allows them to reconnect with their rural roots and celebrate the way they were raised while also noting that that way of life appears to be slipping away.

“Us girls grew up on a farm in a very small town in South Georgia. One of the things we are extremely thankful for is the way we were raised and the environment we grew up in,” they shared via Instagram. “Rural America holds a very special place in our hearts, and seems these days that rural America keeps getting smaller and smaller. This song is a love letter to that part of the country and also a reflection on a time in our lives that we won’t be able to relive again. You only get to grow up once.”

This whispering tune marks the first taste of new music from The Castellows since their debut EP, A Little Goes A Long Way, which was released in February. The EP began a four-month series of “firsts” for the three sisters who officially made their move to Nashville last summer from their cattle farm in Georgia.

This past spring The Castellows embarked on a 21-city tour, and shortly after announced that they would be hitting the road this fall with Little Big Town and Sugarland on the Take Me Home Tour. They were also named a SiriusXM “Highway Find” artist and nominated for the CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year at the 2024 CMT Music Awards.

In addition to their upcoming run with Little Big Town and Sugarland, the trio has been serving as support for various country artists all year long, including Flatland Cavalry, Jackson Dean, The Red Clay Strays, Mitchell Tenpenny and Jon Pardi. 

Their next performance is scheduled to take place tonight, June 28 in Central City, IA. To learn more, visit

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.