She left Texas, Louisiana, ‘Bama, and a couple others in the rearview – but Big Loud Records spitfire Ashland Craft can’t seem to “Make It Past Georgia.” Rolling in as the first song off her 17 miles-per-gallon debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND, available September 3, the adjoining road-worn music video is out now.


“‘Make It Past Georgia’ is the all-too-familiar narrative of the one that got away,” explains Craft. “When this title creeped into my head, it came from a place of wondering what could have been. Based heavily on personal experiences over the years, this song was written in a way that is meant to show the journey of different love interests, plans, heartbreaks, and that one person that you just can’t seem to forget – aka ‘Georgia.’”

With clever wordplay rattling off exes named by their locale, Craft’s gravelly confession admits, “I left Texas in the red dirt dust / It was easy leaving Louisiana / I hit 80 in a 55 / Just tryna cross that ‘Bama line / Don’t miss a thing about Mississippi / Carolina keeps calling me / But I can’t seem to make it past Georgia.” Penned by Craft alongside Reid Isbell and Willie Morrison, “Make It Past Georgia” – as spotted on Entertainment Tonight’s New Music Releases list –  is one of nine songs written by Craft on the 11-track Jonathan Singleton-produced project.

“The album captures the wandering spirit of an unfaltering storyteller and vocal talent,” hails American Songwriter, as the adjoining music video for “Make It Past Georgia” continues the “gypsy spirit” (MusicRow) collection’s narrative of tour stops, truck stops, and broken hearts. Directed by Justin Clough, flashbacks of former lovers run through a memory-fueled daydream as the one that got away stays forever on her mind.


Ashland Craft - “Make It Past Georgia”


Crediting Craft’s co-writer Willie Morrison as “Georgia” in the clip, she shares, “Getting to have Willie [Morrison] as ‘Georgia’ in the music video was an exciting addition! Who better to help tell the story than one of the song’s writers?” Adding, “I knew I wanted the video to reflect the relationships shared in the story, and I feel like that was done in a seamless fashion. I was also so excited to have another opportunity to work with Justin [Clough] on this video. He has such an identifiable style and the most creative ideas which makes the whole process that much more fun!”

Taking “Make It Past Georgia” and more on the road, Craft will support Zac Brown Band’s THE COMEBACK TOUR 2021 beginning next month. Find all upcoming tour dates here.

Striking out as one of the most powerful new voices in the genre, Big Loud Records spitfire Ashland Craft is introducing her own brand of Country music with debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND, out September 3. “Crank it up and cut loose,” hails Rolling Stone, as her current love-drunk release “Two Wildflowers and a Box of Wine” follows Craft’s Soul-infused debut “Trainwreck” to critics’ approval: Billboard applauds that she “makes a big loud entrance with the captivating Southern rock-tinged, chugging track,” and American Songwriter praises, “There’s a New Country Badass in Town,” claiming, “This girl has star quality flying out of her boots.” Among CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021, she’s matched high-profile looks while stacking 2021 Artists to Watch lists by PandoraNashville LifestylesCountry Now, and The Boot, as well as named Texas Roadhouse’s “Artist of the Month” for December last year. Featured in knockout duet, “SO CLOSE,” off HARDY’s acclaimed album, A ROCK, Craft’s opened tours for major artists like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and is next supporting Zac Brown Band’s THE COMEBACK TOUR 2021. Discovering her honky-tonk spirit during cutting her teeth at a hometown bar in South Carolina singing Country and Rock covers plus cracking Top 10 on NBC’s The Voice, Craft buzzes under the influence of musical heroes Def Leppard, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, The Chicks, and John Mayer.