The sun sets over the ranch, a can of beer cracks, and an acoustic guitar wrangles the day's thoughts and memories into a semblance of order.
During moments like these, California-born and Nashville-based singer and songwriter Emily Nenni chronicles her life through delicate songcraft rife with honky-tonk spirit and spiked with just the right amount of soul. In possession of a deep understanding of music stoked by a lifelong passion and sharp chops shaped by endless sets in smoky bars and sizzling doublewides, she asserts herself as the consummate country storyteller on her full-length debut album, On The Ranch [Normaltown/New West Records].
"What I love about country is the songs can be very honest and vulnerable, yet they're beautiful enough to make you cry," she notes. "My music is sweet and sad, but I don't take myself too seriously. It's old school honky-tonk with a slightly different flavor."
Her story represents the difference. Growing up in the Bay Area "in a family of music nerds," her father worked in radio, and she even attended her first Bruce Springsteen show in utero. Mom and dad took her to countless concerts as a kid and regaled her with endless tales of music lo
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.