It’s that time of year again; love is in the air. While the rest of us face a deluge of hearts, flowers, chocolate, et cetera, Arkansas native Erin Enderlin has been cooking up her own kind of tribute to that feeling that makes the world go ‘round. Her new single “I’d Do It Different” speaks to the realities of loving someone whose heart yearns for more than just settling down, taking the mountaintop highs right along with the valley-like lows.
From its swirling pools of steel guitar to the fiddle’s lament, “I’d Do It Different” (and Enderlin’s style in general) hearkens back to decades of country music tradition with each rise and fall of her voice. This single in particular, however, draws on a more specific inspiration. Enderlin describes “I’d Do It Different” as her own brand of old-school love song done in the style of Merle Haggard. “I’m not a big love song person, but this one just kinda fell out,” she explains. “I think I’m at a place in my life and career where I’ve been really reflective lately. I’m so proud of all the dreams I’ve seen come true, and I’m fired up to chase down some new ones – but looking back I would do some things differently, especially making more time to spend with the people I love.”
Genuine, steadfast, and tinged with sorrow, the tenor of the song mirrors the type of love that Enderlin describes. It acknowledges that freedom often walks hand-in-hand with loneliness, but also shows that real love can survive the type of distance that the lyrics reflect.
“The roads that I’ve run
More lost than found
All the nights that I could have been
Where I am now
You were the one thing I did right back then
Oh but I’d do it different if I could do it again”
Enderlin co-wrote “I’d Do It Different” with one of Nashville’s brightest rising stars, Ben Chapman, and also played acoustic guitar and produced the track. The polished overall sound came together with the help of Jenee Fleenor (fiddle), Megan Jane (drums), Rachel Loy (bass), Justin Schipper (steel guitar), Justin Courtelyou (engineer, mixing), Kyle Blunt (assistant engineer), and Amy Brown (mastering).
“I’d Do It Different” will be available wherever you listen to music tomorrow, February 11, but we’re proud to bring you an exclusive early listen here at Raised Rowdy today! You can pre-save “I’d Do It Different” here, and make sure to catch Erin Enderlin out on the road if you’re close to any of her upcoming tour dates:
2/17 Powdersville Pub – Piedmont, SC
2/18 Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA
2/19 Carl’s Country – Prattville, AL
3/4 Decatur, GA – Red Clay Theater
3/5 Port Charlotte, FL – Crazy Country Fest