Could award-winning country and pop artist Maren Morris be leaving country music? New music and a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times it suggests.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Morris said her new two-track EP “The Bridge” celebrates where she’s been, but also a step forward in the sun.
Her new music video for “The Tree” is filled with many symbols representing different moments in the star’s career. The video opens with a shot of Morris lying down in the dress she wore to the 2016 Country Music Association Awards, which she says she was uncomfortable with in 2022 after a falling out with Brittany Aldean, the wife of country singer Jason Aldean.
The music video explores a miniature town with a sign reading “Welcome to Our Perfect Town”, a reference to Jason Aldean’s widely discussed controversial song “Try That In a Small Town”. The video also features miniature “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Wake Up Break” signs in the backyard.
The release of the EP coincides with Morris’ 10-year anniversary of moving to Nashville.
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In an interview, Morris said the country music industry is unwilling to accept its history of racism and misogyny and be more accepting of women, queer people and people of color.
“I thought I’d like to burn it to the ground and start over,” she told the LA Times. “But he burns himself without my help.
Morris has never been one to shy away from expressing her progressive beliefs. She has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and gender-affirming health care in a state where the two are often met with opposition.
Maren Morris to Tennessee after letting her child meet drag queens: ‘(expletive) arrest me’
Morris was one of many artists who performed at the Love Rising benefit concert for LGBTQ+ causes. The event was organized in response to two laws that aimed to ban gender-affirming health care and “adult-oriented” drag performances in public spaces.
Before the show, Morris took her 3-year-old son to a sound check, which allowed him to meet the drag queens backstage.
“And yes, I introduced my son to a few queens today,” Morris said. “So Tennessee, (expletive) arrest me.
Maren Morris takes advantage of Tucker Carlson’s “crazy” comment
In August 2022, Brittany Aldean posted a video He said on Instagram: “I would really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my wild phase. I love this girl life.”
Morris responded to Aldean’s statement on X, saying it’s easy to “not be a coward.”
That was enough ammunition for conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson to call Morris a “lunatic.”
Morris took the insult as a badge of honor and turned the words into a slogan that she printed T-shirts to raise money for transgender causes.