Even now on her seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, Sara Evans feels like she needs to prove herself.
“I grew up on a farm listening to country music and dating truck-driving country boys wearing cowboy hats,” she says. “I know that lifestyle and I know that way of living, so when I put a song out like ‘Slow Me Down,’ I’m hoping that women country fans, as well as men, will be like, ‘That’s exactly what I feel.'”
The truth is, Evans has repeatedly accomplished that feat, scoring connections from her first No. 1 hit (“No Place That Far” in 1998) to her latest one (“A Little Bit Stronger” in 2011). But in an industry where you’re only as relevant as your last single, artists need to keep reinventing themselves.
Evans’ career will take another step with Tuesday’s (March 11) release of Slow Me Down, a polished collection of songs reflecting her mature, womanly point of view. Guests on the album include Vince Gill, pop singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw and the Fray’s Isaac Slade.