Review – Candi Carpenter’s “Burn The Bed”

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Candi Carpenter is an artist I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz from my fellow country insiders and numerous readers of the blog. So I imagine this is a review many of you might have been anticipating. Carpenter has certainly taken an interesting path up to this point in her career. She started out at a young age touring the midwest with her family’s gospel band. Country legend Jack Greene eventually took her on as a proteg√© and duet partner, allowing her to write and tour with legends like Bill Anderson and Loretta Lynn. But then she hit a snag, having to fight her way out of a bad situation at a management company and then getting out of a poisonous marriage. After having to work numerous jobs she landed her ideal management deal and is now signed with Sony Music Nashville, releasing her first single late last year, “Burn The Bed.” And you’ll find right away that Carpenter’s bad marriage certainly had to be the fuel behind this song. It’s about a woman finding her husband in their bed with another woman. She immediately runs through every detail in her head of this situation she’s found, like wondering how long this has been happening and why he would do this to her. And it’s not a situation she wants to fix, but get rid of as the hook of the song says, “I don’t want to wash the sheets, I want to burn the bed.” The production and instrumentation is kept mostly parse, with the occasional fluttering steel guitar. This really allows the lyrics to be front and center, which is great. Carpenter makes a fantastic first impression with this song and I definitely want to hear more from her. It would be fortunate to hear a great song like this played regularly on country radio, but regardless Candi Carpenter is an artist you need to keep an eye on.

Grade: 8/10

 

Recommend? – Yes

Written by Candi Carpenter, Jerilyn Sawyer and Alden Witt

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9 thoughts on “Review – Candi Carpenter’s “Burn The Bed”

  1. Candi Carpenter has been signed by Sony, but they have yet to assign her to an imprint, and didn’t do a proper radio tour. It makes you worry a bit if they are just mildly pushing this single, and have no long term commitment.

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    • Yeah I’m not really sure what they’re going for with this single. But then again I’ve found Sony’s pushing of new acts to be lackluster compared to the likes of Big Machine and Warner.

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      • Yeah, although BM only seems to be really willing to push you if you’re willing to put out a) bad music and b) male, preferably a combination. Warner I’m sort of appreciating more at the moment, also Broken Bow. Universal is so big, they can take more chances.

        I will say that Sony did a good job with Maren, but they don’t seem to try hard with very many.

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  2. I love the song.
    The first ad for “Burn The Bed” appeared in Aircheck Weekly in November 2016 (“Burn The Bed” Impacting Immediately / 11/14). With the right promotion the song should be a huge hit. But two month later Candi Carpenter is still a “Sony Nashville” artist.

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  3. I like the song, but I’ve been burned by singles before when a full album comes out (see Maren Morris). That’s one of the reasons I hate this current trend of releasing 3, 4 singles ahead of an album. I need to hear it in its entirety and not just snippets. To me it’s like movie trailers, put out the best 2 to 4 minutes and see if anyone bites. When the whole thing is released, the snippets may be the best part.

    But again, I do like this song.

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  4. This is definitely one of my new favorite songs right now. I love the haunting melody, and the sparse arrangement with the steel guitar and acoustic guitars is very refreshing. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that she has a successful breakthrough with this. Of course, part of me is worried, since she is a new female artist and the song is actually country and well written. The early positive response that it’s getting from some stations is encouraging, though. Can’t wait to hear more from her!

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