Cosmic country artist Tara Kelly returns with a dark allegory of adultery in the world premiere of “Play With Fire”. Exclusively available on Top Shelf Music before it hits all digital outlets tomorrow, the single harkens back to Kelly’s bluesy roots with a modern country pop twist.
“Didn’t momma tell you not to play with fire?”
Tara Kelly has learned the lessons of love and loss, and far too experienced to overlook with any infidelity. I “warned you not to stray”, yet here we are in this situation. With light acoustic guitar strums, the track builds to an instrumental catharsis: guitar gives way to bass, percussion and handclaps at to the chorus; a heavy guitar solo encompasses the bridge; a sinister harmonica and piano trails Kelly’s impressive vocals on the final measures. Bluesy verses lead to an upbeat country pop chorus, traversing the line of forlorn and hope, cause and effect. Because you cheated, “you can’t escape your fate”.
“Play With Fire” follows Tara Kelly’s last single “The River”, building even more credibility and acclaim for this rising folk star. For fans of Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris, this is one artist you don’t want to sleep on! Tune into “Play With Fire” below and make sure to pre-save the track to your streaming services for its release tomorrow.
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Cover photo by Julia Schweiss