Krystal Keith releases her debut album Whiskey & Lace today and fans couldn’t be more excited to get their hands on a copy! Krystal recently sat down with CMTT to talk about her new album, working with her dad and what fans can expect from Whiskey & Lace.
CMTT: How does it feel to finally have your debut album being released?
Krystal: It’s been a long time coming and I am really excited about it. This year has been really fun. We did the EP in April and then the single released in September so it’s been nice to finally get music to the fans. It’s kind of like when you’re pregnant. You wait 9 months and then you get a baby. I’ve waited three years and I’m finally getting my baby.
CMTT: So what feedback are you getting from the fans about the anticipation of your album?
Krystal: The fans are ecstatic. You know we thought the album was going to come out the first of the year so the fact it’s coming out in December is great. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that they are just really excited they are going to be able to have it sooner than they thought.
CMTT: What made you decide to title the album Whiskey & Lace?
Krystal: I had the song title in my phone for a while and I knew it would make a really cool album title. It describes my personality perfectly. I am really girly but I have a rough tomboy edge. Plus, my preferred drink is literally whiskey so I think that it was the perfect title. I just had to make sure I wrote a song that was worthy of putting on the album so I kind of just held onto it for a while until I had the opportunity to write with someone that I knew could really help me make the song what I wanted it to be.
CMTT: Tell us the one song on Whiskey & Lace you are most excited for fans to hear.
Krystal: Probably “Beautiful Weakness.” Mica Roberts and Sonya Rutledge wrote it. They also co-wrote with me on “Daddy Dance With Me,” they are incredible writers. It is such a deep and really powerful ballad. My dad actually did background vocals on the song. It’s such a cool sound and then the fact my Dad and I are related and we have that familiar harmony it makes for a really cool sound. It gives me chills every time I hear it.
CMTT: Your Dad, Toby Keith, produced most of the album. How was it working so close with your father?
Krystal: It was great! We get along great and we have very similar personalities. Obviously, he’s the best mentor I could ask for. He is a very accomplished singer, songwriter and producer. I kinda just put the album in his hands knowing that if at some point there was something not going in a direction I thought it should go then I could be vocal about it and he would be cool with that. If I had come to town and worked with a new producer that I didn’t know personally I probably wouldn’t have given myself the freedom to speak up. I probably would have been a little bit more reserved and kind of let them do their thing. Being comfortable with my Dad and Mark Wright I think gave me the freedom to make the album what I wanted to make it and still let them do their thing.
CMTT: What is the one thing you hope fans take away from Whiskey & Lace?
Krystal: Probably just how eclectic it is. I have a really diverse taste in music and I really tried to make each song on the album different. I didn’t want the album to be one song just broken up into a couple ballads and a couple up tempo songs. In my opinion country music has gone through different phases from the beginning of country to today and all of those phases have developed what country music is today. I really tried to take a little bit of all of the phases that I love and put them into this album. There are some ballads, some bluesy sounds, a little bit of rock and some stuff that is a little more modern. The album is kind of all over the map.
Find out what Krystal told us about the story behind her single “Get Your Redneck On” here. PLUS, check back to CMTT tomorrow to see how she answered our always funny 10 Quick Quirky Questions.
Krystal’s Whiskey & Lace is out today! Get yourself a copy on iTunes here.
Whiskey & Lace Track & Writer Listing:
1. Doin’ It (Toby Keith, Bobby Pinson)
2. Can’t Buy You Money (Toby Keith, Scotty Emerick)
3. What Did You Think I’d Do (Toby Keith)
4. Daddy Dance With Me (Krystal Keith, Mica Roberts, Sonya Rutledge)
5. Cabo San Lucas (Toby Keith, Eddy Raven)
6. Him And This Tattoo (Tim James, Casey Beathard)
7. Beautiful Weakness (Mica Roberts, Sonya Rutledge)
8. Down Into Muddy Water (Dennis Linde)
9. Get Your Redneck On (Krystal Keith, Nathan Chapman)
10. Whiskey & Lace (Krystal Keith, Rodney Clawson, Lynn Hutton)