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Tenille Townes Stuns in Bluesy New Ballad, ‘I Kept the Roses’

Just ... wow.

Tenille Townes Stuns in Bluesy New Ballad, ‘I Kept the Roses’
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 13: Tenille Townes attends Amazon Music presents: Country Heat at CRS at Omni Hotel on February 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Amazon Music)

Critically-acclaimed newcomer Tenille Townes won’t let a breakup get her down in the stunning new track, “I Kept the Roses.” Contrasting bluesy, tear-in-your-beer balladry and razors-edge vocals with high-minded optimism, the rising singer-songwriter delivers an unconventional ode to emotional well being.

Marking the third song released from Townes’ much-anticipated album debut – expected to be released later this year – the track goes through all the things a broken-hearted girl had to give up when her relationship ended. Mutual friends, her favorite bar, photos, phone numbers and even drinking alone are all gone. But she kept one thing.

“I kept the roses, right by my bed / And they should make me lonely, but I’m smiling instead / ‘Cuz you weren’t the one, babe, but you were the closest / I let the rest of us go, but I kept the roses,” Townes sings, with her striking, one-of-a-kind vocals cutting straight to the emotional soul.

“’I Kept The Roses’ is one of my very favourite songs to sing and I love the message of holding on to the good in the hard things we go through,” the Canadian native writes. “And being able to smile about the way that it shaped you.”

Townes has been turning heads in the U.S. since last year’s release of empathetic American single debut, “Somebody’s Daughter,” which is now inside the Top 30 and climbing at country radio. She’s been wowing audiences all across the nation since then, currently the road opening shows on Dierks Bentley’s Burning Man Tour and joining Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour later this year.