Elaina Kay’s Swaggering, Paul Cauthen-Produced Debut Album Issues Out August 2nd

The Texas Gentlemen serve as backing band on the Dallas, TX artist’s debut

Listen to “rollicking” (American Songwriter) first single “Daddy Issues” here

May 29, 2019 – Elaina Kay will release her debut album Issues on August 2nd, and she brought along some heavy hitters to help create it. Produced by Paul Cauthen and engineered by Jeff Saenz, Kay is backed on the album by the Texas Gentlemen. Recorded at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas, Issues finds Kay at centerstage. She’s defiant yet vulnerable, hopeful but wry. The album wraps all these occasionally opposing forces in Kay’s countrified rock-and-roll to create a modern portrait of steely femininity that’s sad, funny, and ultimately, inspiring. Kay’s moody soprano slides from breathy storytelling to golden-era country songbirding and back again, nuanced and captivating. She wrote or co-wrote seven of the eight tracks, and the result is a layered collection that is both starkly personal and intensely relatable.

Kay grew up on her family’s ranch in Wichita Falls, Texas, 15 miles south of the Oklahoma border, so she came by her self-reliance naturally. Up at 4 a.m. every day, she helped farm and raise cows and cutting horses. “There was always something to do––lazy wasn’t an option,” she says. “Then, it was a pain in my ass, but now, I miss it. Especially when it’s sunny outside.”

For college, Kay loaded up two horses and her dog and headed to Tarleton State University, where she joined the rodeo team. “Rodeoing trained me to be on the road like I am now,” she says. “I was traveling then, too, just with horses instead of with long-haired dudes in a band.” Kay loved to rodeo, but she realized she loved music more.

On Issues, Kay uses pieces of her unconventional upbringing to fuel her songwriting. The album opens with the strutting “Daddy Issues,” a true story about Kay’s biological father running afoul of the law. Kay says “more importantly, the song is about embracing our issues or problems that stem from our upbringing and to make light of the term ‘she’s got daddy issues.’ This shouldn’t be a bad or sad thing; it’s about being proud of what made us who we are.”

“Rodeo” finds Kay digging into the similarities between her life in rodeo and life on the road. “You are chasing a dream,” says Kay. “One that’s far from easy. Living on the highway, putting yourself out there, and doing your best. I am equally passionate about these two worlds and knew I needed to write about the similarities they share.”


For more information on Elaina Kay, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, rob@rekroommedia.com or 917.703.8361.