Hannah Ellis pours on the fun in her intoxicating country-pop single Wine Country — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Playfully raising a judgment-free toast the joys of sharing an uptown beverage with your downhome friends, the rising Nashville star uncorks a lighthearted, flavourful gem that goes down smooth and leaves you thirsty for more. She says the song is “based on the idea that life is not all about this OR that. It’s more about this AND that. I’m boujee AND I’m backroads. You don’t have to choose one lane. Drive ’em all!”
And she has. Ellis has already made an impact with the song — it was most-added at radio and is quickly becoming a hot single of the summer. Fans have been showing their appreciation at her live shows, as evidenced by a flash mob in the audience at her recent CMA Festival performance, dancing along as she sang.
The up-and-coming singer-songwriter debuted the cut this spring at Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, bringing a little Napa to her home state of Kentucky and proving the old adage: You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. Combining a little Rosé with a lot of fun-loving energy, Ellis sips her Cabernet from a Solo Cup on the clever cut — which she wrote with Clint Lagerberg and her husband Nick Wayne. Lagerberg produced the recording alongside Jason Massey.
The video for Wine Country was filmed by Tony Gates in Napa Valley. “We really had fun with the concept for this video,” Ellis said. “We leaned into the Real Housewives-type of energy while keeping it country. I really loved the videos from the ’90s that had a different story and a lighthearted theme. It brings out the personality in this song.
“One of my favourite memories from the video shoot was when we were shooting the brunch scene up on Pritchard Hill at Chappellet Winery,” she says. “I was wearing these tall sharp stiletto heels, and I couldn’t walk down the gravel path to the table. Then I tried barefooted, and the rocks were too sharp. So Blakesley Chappellet, one of the vineyard owners, gave me the socks off her feet so I could walk across the gravel. Such a sweet moment.”
The Curb Records recording artist and Campbellsville native’s voice is a mix of soft flannel, sparkling wine and a warm welcome. Whether pouring from a car radio or your phone, she reminds you big leaps often come as a series of small steps when no one is looking. After attending university on a full-ride scholarship, she started chasing her dreams. Like so many, that meant a self-financed EP, and moving to Nashville to begin the endless rounds of writers’ nights, meetings, networking and trying to find your way. Hannah paid her dues, kept her focus and kept moving toward something she was sure she felt and knew was right.
Now the fresh-faced songwriter has amassed nearly 40 million career streams, penned songs for other artists, appeared on the Grand Ole Opry multiple times, toured with Carly Pearce, Gavin DeGraw, Dwight Yoakam, Devin Dawson, and others, and been featured on tracks by Russell Dickerson, For King + Country, Emily Weisband, Cassadee Pope, Filmore and Sidewalk Prophets.
Watch the video for Wine Country above, steam to the track on your preferred service HERE, sample more music from Hannah Ellis and check out her tour dates below, and join her for a drink on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.
Hannah Ellis Tour Dates
July 16 – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, TN
July 22 – Deep Water Vineyard/Weekend Winedown – Wadmalaw Island, SC
July 29 – Whitehall Food and Fun Fest – Whitehall (Columbus), OH
Aug. /8 – Chase Field/Arizona DiamondBacks Game – Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 18 – Amphitheater at Los Colonias Park – Grand Junction, CO*
Aug. 19 – Ford Wyoming Center – Casper, Wyoming*
Sept. 7 – Carol’s Pub – Chicago, IL
Sept. 8 – Odawa Casino – Petosky, MI
Sept. 9 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Sept. 22 – The Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park, MN*
Sept. 23 – Vetter Stone Amphitheater – Mankato, MN*
* — with Billy Currington