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Elle King Discusses 'Come Get Your Wife' and Finding a Home Within Country Music

In 2015, you couldn’t turn on the radio or go in public without hearing Elle King’s dignified rasp and grainy vocals on her hit song “Ex’s & Oh’s” from her debut 2015 record Love Stuff. In 2021, you couldn’t turn on country radio and not hear King’s twangy new sound in her collaboration with Miranda Lambert on “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” King, who used to not listen to contemporary country music at all, is now submerged in it. “Every aspect of this album, I wanted it to be a piece of me,” King notes. “I wanted to be my very true, authentic self. That’s something country (music)’s given me.”

Unlike her past releases, King feels this one honors all of her inspirations and influences. “Looking back at everything I’ve ever put out, there’s always been a country song on there,” she says with a sweet eagerness. “Country is like the best old-school writing that you can be funny with, you can be heartbreaking with, you can find connections with, you can be rowdy with, and it was everything that I loved.” As she crafted the record, which she co-produced, she pulled from genres like soul, pop, and southern rock to create her very own definition of what country music is and could be.

The LP kicks off with the extremely autobiographical, “Ohio” which digs into King’s childhood. “If anybody is wondering why I would feel any sense of home within country music I wanted to share a little bit more about my life and my childhood and where my family comes from and that’s Ohio,” she shares. “That basically tells the story of me and my family.” The banjo-heavy instrumental is covered up with gritty lyricism and imagery as she sings, “Down by the river, near the burned down bridge / Pulled a .22 trigger and it bust my lid / I was eight years old when I learned how not to cry.”

When pondering on the vulnerable state of that track and the LP as a body of work, King seemingly has a lightbulb go off above her head. “I’ve never known who I could tell that to," she says surprising herself. "This is what I want to share, that there is a lot more to me than I have ever even been open to telling."