Kara Conway’s New Single ‘These Roads’ release date 17th July 2020
Celtic Music Radio’s Kara Conway gears up for ‘ These Roads’ single release on 17th July 2020
Scots singer/songwriter, Kara Conway dipped into her student past and her university dissertation to come up with the idea for her next single release.
“These Roads” is out on July 17 and Kara wrote it when she completed her English literature degree course at the University of Glasgow where one topic looked at the role of cars in fiction.
“I had cars and roads on the brain so that’s definitely where this song came from,” said the 24-year-old from Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow.
“I started writing These Roads around the time I finished university, where my dissertation was on cars in fiction.
“I was looking at the car as a symbol of freedom for counterculture protagonists, focussing on Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ and Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.’
“In my final year I read lots and lots of literature on cars, from J.G. Ballard’s ‘Crash’ to Stephen King’s ‘Christine’ so this song stemmed from that period.”
The song, which is released on July 17, is on Kara’s forthcoming, four-track debut EP and is her second single release from it in two months.
In June, she released her song “Two Hearts,” which was inspired by a Doctor Who storyline. It has enjoyed airplay on several radio stations.
“I thought the chords sounded really cool together on These Roads. I wrote it on acoustic guitar but it wasn’t until I got into the studio that we started building it up by adding more instruments.
“Despite the addition of electric keyboard and guitar, organ and shakers, the song still has a more stripped/laid back feel to it compared to the first single, I feel.
“I have been pleased with the reaction to Two Hearts so I hope These Roads makes a good impression as well.”
Kara has been playing the piano since she was a young girl and says she spent her childhood singing along to her dad playing music by The Beatles, Eric Clapton and The Eagles on guitar and participating in her local choir.
While studying at university, Kara taught herself guitar so she could perform her own material at open mic nights in and around the city, covering Nick Drake and Crosby Stills and Nash songs, while honing her skills as a singer-songwriter.
She has emerged on to the Scottish music scene winning slots at the prestigious Danny Kyle Open Stage as part of Celtic Connections, Killin Music Festival and Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie Maclean’s annual Perthshire Amber Festival.
She hosts an hour-long, Sunday morning show on Celtic Music Radio, featuring a mixture of music from up and coming to established artists.
The EP, “This Life” was recorded at Chem19 Studios in Glasgow where Derek O’Neill (King Creosote) was produced and engineered it with mastering by Paul Savage.
I’These Roads’ will be available via major platforms including Amazon music, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, Google Play, and Tidal.