Emma White’s Creative Confidence and Country Pop Shines On The River In Austin THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: EMMA WHITE @ NEW NASHVILLE RIVERBOAT SHOWCASE | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- Heralded by Rolling Stone Magazine as as one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know“, I was immediately by her inclusion in the line-up for this year’s New Nashville Riverboat showcase. Emma’s songwriting and crystalline soprano voice and balances perfectly on the line of the country and pop music genres.
And while her music decidedly leans pop, there’s real maturity in her lyrics that can (and should) attract a wide range of listeners. From the young teenager getting his heart-broken at the school dance to middle aged woman who finally finds love, Emma’s music is completely accessible the entire age spectrum.
Though her performance on the boat was short (each below deck set was limited to 30 minutes), we got to hear her compositions performed in their most natural state: a voice and a guitar. It was a pleasure to hear her music performed in its most austere form as it allowed for the vulnerability of the emotions she sings and writes about really step into the forefront.
Given that the performances on the boat were generally loose and freewheeling, Emma followed suit and decided on the fly to perform a song that she had just written the night before. I wish I could remember what she called the song (but I think I captured a short clip of it below), but that moment- in my eyes- was something special, shining a light a light on Emma’ creative confidence and giving some of the privileged few who were seated on the boat’s carpet the experience of a song’s premiere performance.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) April 9, 2018