My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Spotlight Artist: Sara Evans

In 1997, all of Nashville was abuzz about Three Chords and the Truth, which was the title of both Laurence Leamer’s expose of the country music industry, and a forthcoming debut album by RCA’s newest female signee. Rest assured that we aren’t turning into the National Enquirer this month, but we are pleased to announce that Sara Evans is our spotlight artist for December.

Born in New Franklin, Missouri, on February 5, 1971, Sara Lynn Evans started singing with her family band at age five. She began singing in nightclubs when she was 16, and moved to Nashville when she was 20. She secured her record deal with RCA with the assistance of the legendary Harlan Howard, who was impressed with her demo recording of one of his songs. She was paired with producer Pete Anderson and released her debut album on July 1, 1997.

Country music since the mid-90s, led by Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, had been drifting steadily towards pop, and the very traditional Three Chords and the Truth was widely expected to be the album that would force Nashville to return to its roots. That didn’t happen. Although it was a hit with critics, the album was a commercial disappointment and Evans spent the next few years modifying her sound, trying to find more radio-friendly material that still sounded country. She struck gold — platinum, actually, with 2000’s Born To Fly. Recent years have found Evans again struggling for radio airplay, as personal problems and stiff competition from newer female vocalists have taken their toll on her career. We hope you’ll enjoy our coverage this month as we take a look back at the career of this talented lady.

19 responses to “Spotlight Artist: Sara Evans

  1. Steve from Boston December 1, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Nice intro Razor, to one of my favorite artists. I’m delighted you folks are covering Sara this month and I am hoping it will be a great prelude to the release of her new album in January. I’m really hoping her label does not delay the release of her album….again.

  2. Carol December 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for making Sara your Spotlight Artist this month. It’s really sad this very talented lady does not get more attention. As someone who has been a huge fan since 2000’s ‘Born To Fly’, I know this woman has many different layers that go beyond the more pop sounding music of the last several years. I enjoy all of that, but there is something about her voice when she sings a pure no frills song like ‘Three Cords And The Truth’ that makes me wish for a return to that style on her next album… due out January by the way!!

  3. Razor X December 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the release date of the album gets pushed back again. The fact that they haven’t released another single (as far as I know) makes me suspect that it won’t come out in January.

    • Steve from Boston December 1, 2009 at 10:39 am

      They did this to Sara before with RFP…delayed the release that is, but not as much as this current delay.

      Sara deserves better.

  4. highwayman3 December 1, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I would be suprised if they released a new album in January with no single to push it. She’d need a good 5 months for a single to climb the charts. It’s still undetermined where she fits in the current Taylor/Carrie world, and radio not even touching ‘Feels Just Like A Love Song’ isn’t a good sign.

  5. Jane December 3, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I read in an interview with Sara today that the album’s coming out in Feb now. 😦

    • Razor X December 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

      I think this must be the interview you’re referring to. She says she hopes to have a new single out in February with the album to follow a month or two later. They’re making it sound as though the album isn’t completed yet. I wonder if they scrapped some of the album and started over again after the failure of “Feels Just Like A Love Song.”

      • Steve from Boston December 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

        Unless they’e going to replace a few of the pop songs on the album with more traditional stuff, I wish they’d just release the darn thing without worrying too much about the sucess of a supporting single.

        It could be that all the album delays are not helping the singles either…the delay’s cannot be helpful in that regard. It may defy conventional wisdom, but it could be that the publicity of the album finally being released would help any subsequent singles, folks might start to think that Sara’s finally back.

      • Nicolas December 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm

        She said in one of her recent webisodes that they had only half the album done; she’s in the middle of a Christmas tour at the moment and over the summer she was on a Daytime Soap-sponsored tour, so she’s probably not been finding much studio time

  6. Rodney in South Carolina December 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for all the Sara love!!!!!! Being my favorite country singer…with Patty coming in a very close second…I will be glued to your blog like loc-tite to a broken toy!

    • Steve from Boston December 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

      Rodney, we have very similar tastes, only the other way around. 🙂 With me it’s Patty as my favorite with Sara a close second.

  7. Razor X December 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm


    So what happened to the album that was supposed to come out last fall and then got pushed back to January (supposedly)? It sounds like you’re saying that they’ve shelved that project and started over again?

  8. Occasional Hope December 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I thought the book was out in January?

  9. Razor X December 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I’m surprised it’s in hardcover. I thought for sure it would be a straight-to-paperback release.

    • Occasional Hope December 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm

      I guess they’re banking on Sara’s fans being desperate to read it. What surprises me is that they’re not getting it out in time for the Christmas market.

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