Country artist Carly Pearce’s rise to fame is one of those rare cases of catchy songwriting, charismatic performances and dedication leading to fame.

In the past two years, she’s scored hits with the Gold-certified ballad “Every Little Thing,” as well as the playful “Hide The Wine” and the sexy pop-rock single “Closer to You.” She’s also been through the country music boot camps, sharing stages with some of the genre’s biggest names, like her current spot on Jason Aldean’s “Ride All Night Tour.”

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“I really like to push myself and make sure that I’m making each performance count. I’ve learned so much from all of the people I’ve opened for,” she said.

Giving a special headlining performance at River Bluff Brewing, Pearce will show why she’s one of the hottest rising performers in her genre. She’ll take the stage with openers Aaron Blumer and Dan Smalley at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the outdoor music venue at 1224 Frederick Ave.

Pearce started her career in music as a teenager, performing at Dollywood in her home state of Tennessee. When she turned 19, she decided to move to Nashville, eventually earning a record with Sony Nashville in 2012 that ultimately didn’t work out.

The failure of that initial run didn’t deter Pearce. Four years later, her featured performance on the Josh Abbott Band’s “Wasn’t That Drunk” led to her connecting with writer-producer busbee and “Every Little Thing’s” creation.

From there, it’s been lots of highs, including her releasing a debut album, also titled “Every Little Thing,” to Big Machine Records, one of the biggest country labels in the world, and getting engaged to country singer Michael Ray.

It’s a wild ride that will be chronicled on Pearce’s as-yet-untitled sophomore album.

“There are songs that I feel I couldn’t have written until my second record, until people really knew my story, that are super personal. There’s stories of my journey and Nashville woman anthems. It’s got kind of something for everyone,” she said.

Re-teaming with busbee, who has written and produced hits for Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris and P!nk, Pearce said she’s excited for people to hear the new songs. But they’ll have to wait until an official release date is announced.

“I’m definitely ready to let people hear the next chapter. And I’m just really looking forward to seeing how people respond. A lot has happened to me in the last few years, so I’m excited,” she said.

While Pearce will be performing this summer throughout the U.S. on the Aldean tour, her show at River Bluff Brewing will be one of the few where she’ll be able to showcase her catalog and talents with a longer, more intimate set.

“On the opening slots, I have 25 minutes to try and jam in as a much music as I can to leave fans understand who I am. With the longer sets, I get to kind of personalize them and tell stories about the songs and put in unique covers or unique moments for the fans,” she said.

Being able to cut loose onstage at River Bluff, Pearce said she’s looking forward to seeing the reactions from fans and being able to share some of her life and music with them.

“I think (my concert is) high-energy — a lot of moments with my band, a lot of storytelling, a lot of hearing my influences of how I became the artist that I am and, hopefully, we’ll be leaving with more people wanting to find out more about my music,” she said.

Tickets to Pearce’s show are $20 to $50 and available by going to or calling 816-259-5339. The concert is part of River Bluff Brewing’s Summer Concert Series, which is sponsored by News-Press NOW.

— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live

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