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Hannah Ellis Discusses "Country Can" and Working on Her Debut Record

After a successful 2021, rising country artist Hannah Ellis has released her first track of 2022 titled, “Country Can.” It follows Ellis’ previous release “Us” which has a romantic tone with picturesque, fluffy lyricism. “Country Can,” flips the coin with a complete community feeling meant for late-night campfires.

As the title suggests, “Country Can” is an ode to the genre Ellis finds herself in, and the universal messages the country music landscape often tells to its listeners, uniting people who may not have much in common besides a love of music. Ellis said the idea for the track came during a writer’s retreat where she and a bunch of peers were creating ideas for her upcoming debut album. “We were talking about country music and what it means to everyone. I didn’t feel like I had that anthem yet. I didn’t have that thing that brought all country music lovers together,” she tells The Nash News. “We’re sittin’ on the back porch drinking rosé and we were like, ‘Okay what is it that country music really does? It brings people together from across the world, it makes new friends at concerts,' and 'Country Can' was born.”

The fresh release was written by Ellis alongside Parker Welling, who has penned hits for Thomas Rhett and Russell Dickerson, Jason Massey, who’s worked with Kelsea Ballerini and Tracy Lawrence, and Nick Wayne, Ellis’ now husband. Ellis described her co-writers on Instagram as “three of her favorite people.” “I think what’s really special is that you trust their opinion so much or as much or more than your own to where you really feel like they get to the heart of what it is you’re trying to say and the kind of artist you want to be,” Ellis exclaims. “So it