Rooted in Country: Aubrie Sellers on Steve Earle’s ‘Copperhead Road’

Allister Ann

Aubrie Sellers is currently one of the most talked-about new artists in country music. She’s earned rave reviews for her self-titled “garage country” sound, which infuses the attitude of alt-rock into the storytelling-centric world of traditional country.

Sellers’ debut album, New City Blues, is a carefully crafted collection of songs that introduce her talents and unique viewpoint to the world. Unafraid to confront emotion head-on, Sellers brings a fierce attitude and clear sense of artistry to everything she touches. Her latest single, “Sit Here and Cry,” shows off both Sellers’ powerful voice and kick-ass sense of confidence, even through the hard times.

When asked what country song influenced her the most as an artist, the 24-year-old appropriately chose one of Steve Earle’s most notable cross-over hits.

“Copperhead Road” was the lead single and title track of his third studio album, which was released in 1988. The song is narrated by the character John Lee Pettimore III, who tells the story of his father and grandfather who brewed moonshine in rural Tennessee. After Pettimore’s father dies in an accident while shipping moonshine, he enlists in the Army and serves two tours of duty in Vietnam. When he returns home, Pettimore uses the land along Copperhead Road to grow marijuana. He then vows to use lessons learned from the Viet Cong to avoid being caught by the DEA.

Earle’s uniquely gritty sound connected with Sellers, who also likes to teeter along the fringes of many genres. “He had that darker, raw sound that really stood out compared to everything else at the time,” Sellers says of Earle’s top 10 hit.

Aubrie Sellers’ debut album, New City Blues, is set for release on Jan. 29. Stay tuned to Wide Open Country for an exclusive interview with Sellers on the journey to create her new album and what’s to come in 2016.

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Rooted in Country: Aubrie Sellers on Steve Earle’s ‘Copperhead Road’