Emily Nenni

On The Ranch

Release Date: 4 November 2022


‘On The Ranch’ is the debut album from California-born but Nashville-based singer Emily Nenni which with its ten tracks coming in at a shade under thirty-four minutes is short but perfectly formed. It’s an album of slightly old-fashioned classic country with Nenni’s voice channelling the likes of Dolly, Loretta and Tammy which makes for a refreshing and understated album.

Nine of the songs are written by Nenni and Mike Eli. There are lyrics that mention rhinestones, steers, pick-ups, rodeos, beer, barns and roosters – “new” country this isn’t. There’s also a feminist flavour to some of the songs – Nenni is a force to be reckoned with. As she herself says ‘I wrote a song about barrel racers (‘Can Chaser’) that’s not demeaning. It was a good way to start my first record because it has feminist themes’. The tenth song – the one not written by Nenni and Eli is an odd one – a cover of Abba’s ‘Does Your Mother Know’ a strange choice given that the duo have written some excellent songs that fit Nenni’s voice and personality perfectly – were they one song short or maybe it’s just a favourite of Nenni’s?

Emily Nenni  – On The Ranch