For Minnesota native and singer/songwriter Stephanie Layne, country music is as tangible as the dirt and mud of her family’s ranch on which she grew up. Her self-titled album’s first single “Hunker Down” exemplifies this in no uncertain terms. Produced by and co-written with country music trio The Farm’s Nick Hoffman, along with South Dakota native Craig Winquist, “Hunker Down” tells the unadulterated truth of the challenges farmers and ranchers face every season when nature’s wrath oftentimes leave them with nothing. “My songs focus on making something out of nothing and discovering God’s purpose for that something,” says Layne. Although she has graced the stage of Nashville’s most famous venues including The Bluebird Café, World Famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Wildhorse Saloon, and the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree radio show, Layne’s guitar and colorful custom cowgirl boots are covered with the dust of western stages such as Denver’s Grizzly Rose, Amarillo’s World Championship Ranch Rodeo Finals, Cheyenne Frontier Days, and many other venues where she has opened shows for fellow artists such as Terri Clark, Sawyer Brown, and Earl Thomas Conley. Layne's 7-song EP, recorded both at Nashville’s revered Blackbird Studios (owned by John and Martina McBride) and on Kenny Chesney’s tour, pierces listeners' hearts with lyrics that unearth truths about self-discovery, taking risks, persevering, and having faith in Jesus, while salting those lyrics with a blend of modern and traditional country instrumentation. Audiences can find the album Stephanie Layne at www.stephanielayne.com, CD Baby, iTunes, and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum gift shop.
“Stephanie Layne has a voice that transports you somewhere with big blue skies, open ranges and mountains that reach the heavens. Her live shows are raucous and intimate at the same time…she has a way of making everyone in the audience feel like her best friend, whether it's a large arena or a small coffee house, she's not to be missed.”
-Scott Southworth, co-host The Music Row Show, Nashville, TN