Kenny Foster Releases Live Version of Love You Now with Mae Estes
Kenny Foster and Mae Estes have released a live version of their soaring, feel-good, 90’s-style duet, Love You Now. Written by Foster and hit songwriter Kirsti Manna (of Blake Shelton’s Austin) the new recording is out now on all digital platforms and is our Country Release Friday pick with MAM Roots. After a year of uncertainty where chance encounters were few and far between, this story-style song chronicles a rare run-in with an object of unrequited love, taking the listener on a roller coaster of emotions.
The live version of Love You Now is the fifth and final track to be featured in Kenny Foster’s Vintage Collection, a collection of previously unreleased songs that could only be heard at live shows. In the absence of touring, Foster decided to release these songs directly to fans so they could enjoy them at home over this last year. Previous Vintage Collection releases include Space (August 2021), It Don’t Work Like That (May 2021), and Lonely Land (Feb 2021).
About the new live version of Love You Now, Kenny explained, “You all know by now that I’m a stickler for a song. In and of itself. Getting Mae in to record live to the board at The Listening Room was an attempt to get back to what it’s all about: a simple performance of a great song. Having a one-take mentality really helped us live in the moment. It’s exhausting trying to make everything perfect behind the scenes, I wanted us to try and capture something real instead. I think we got it.”
Kenny Foster is an American Country/Americana Singer-Songwriter who has been steadily gathering critical acclaim, at home and abroad, since the independent release of his first full-length album “Deep Cuts” in 2017. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Country Artists You Need to Know” and sharing the stage with such diverse acts as Kacey Musgraves, Patty Griffin, Lady A, Maren Morris, Buddy Miller, Old Dominion, Jim Lauderdale, Brothers Osborne, and Lori McKenna, Foster has certainly blazed his own path touring 120,000 miles and 13 different countries in 2019 alone.
Mae Estes hails from the small town of Hope, Arkansas where she got her start singing the national anthem at rodeos, right before she’d cowboy up and compete in them. She’s been paying her dues in Nashville, working three jobs and playing for anyone who will listen, since 2015. She released her first single ‘Naked’ in 2019 which garnered 100,000 listens and made the Fresh Finds and New Music Nashville playlists. Also in 2019 she performed on the Armed Forces Entertainment tour: “Kenny Foster and Friends” at US Air Force bases in Guam, Singapore, and Diego Garcia.