Hailey Winters is as charismatic as a complicated, no-bullshit girl can possibly be. Headstrong and confident, she sarcastically blazes through snarky lyrics, unapologetically punctuating her bullet points. With an unstoppable one-two punch of angelic voice and devilish charm, Whitters bats her eyes while flipping you off in a way that could make Johnny Cash proud. With a “middle-finger” tone in her voice and an “I do what I want” swagger in her back pocket, Whitters packs a tough, outlaw country sound.
“Long Come To Jesus” and “City Girl” provide her with a soapbox just tall enough to project her tongue-in-cheek songwriting to anyone strong enough to stick around and listen, while tracks like “Late Bloomer” and “Get Around” puts a piece of herself in the mix, proving she’s in the same songwriting class as Kacey Musgraves, Amanda Shires, and Alison Krauss. Her vulnerability and candid approach to songwriting feels absolutely commendable and unteachable.
Her vulnerability and candid approach to songwriting is commendable and unteachable. Whitters’ talent and potential as a country music superstar shine flawlessly throughout Black Sheep.