Carena Liptak

Carena Liptak is a writer based in southern Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in American Songwriter, No Depression, Taste of Country, The Boot and elsewhere. She is a fan of strong coffee and large-eared dogs.

Artist - Caitlyn Smith 1

INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Caitlyn Smith

By Carena Liptak, March 24, 2021

Speaking with Carena Liptak, the cosmic country singer explains she’s more confident in her “genre-less” musical identity - and in herself personally - than ever before.

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LONG READWhy I Love: The Secret Sisters on Brandi Carlile

By Carena Liptak, December 22, 2020

Yodeling, Neti Pots and “Rare Inclusivity”: The Secret Sisters share lessons learned from their friend and mentor Brandi Carlile.

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ALBUM REVIEWWaxahatchee - Saint Cloud

By Carena Liptak, December 18, 2020

Waxahatchee’s fifth album Saint Cloud is a move towards clarity and personal power.

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By Carena Liptak, April 16, 2021

Multi award-nominated songwriter-turned-artist HARDY reflects both on the unforgettable year behind him, discussing his friendship with Morgan Wallen and what lays ahead.

Album: Pony Bradshaw - Calico Jim

ALBUM REVIEWPony Bradshaw - Calico Jim

By Carena Liptak, January 29, 2021

Comfort isn’t the takeaway from many of the eerier stories told on Calico Jim, but they do offer some insight into how the past informs the future - and how small stories can, over the course of history, impact our world and culture at large.

Album - Lainey Wilson - Sayin' What I'm Thinkin

ALBUM REVIEWLainey Wilson - Sayin' What I'm Thinkin'

By Carena Liptak, February 19, 2021

On Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, Wilson sounds tender and spunky, confident and fallible, glamorous and hilariously realistic - often all at the same time.

Artist - SG Goodman

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: S.G. Goodman

By Carena Liptak, April 2, 2021

Goodman speaks about the difficult task of relinquishing control over how the songs are perceived and what the next album she's making has taught her.

Clay Walker

INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Clay Walker

By Carena Liptak, July 23, 2021

Walker says, with Texas To Tennessee, he's created an album that speaks more deeply to his identity and roots than anything he’s ever released before.

Brittney Spencer

INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Brittney Spencer

By Carena Liptak, June 17, 2021

Brittney Spencer reflected on just a small selection of the albums that have inspired her – the five discussed highlighted as particularly powerful influences on who she is as an artist.

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LONG READTen Year Town: Logan Mize

By Carena Liptak, February 8, 2021

Logan Mize shares the early inspirations that made him fall in love with music, discussing his journey from Kansas to Nashville and back again, and how that evolving relationship with Music City impacted his new album, Still That Kid.

Country/ hip hop artist Willie Jones

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Willie Jones

By Carena Liptak, January 26, 2021

Musician, artist, innovator - Willie Jones talks to Holler about his debut album Right Now, blending genres and how he's proud to be an American.

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ALBUM REVIEWTyler Childers - Long Violent History

By Carena Liptak, December 18, 2020

Tyler Childers braids legacy and progress with Long Violent History.


INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Parmalee

By Carena Liptak, August 12, 2021

Tracing their influences from their early days as 12-year-old guitar hopefuls all the way to the inspirations for their new album For You, frontman Matt Thomas delves into Cuts The Deepest.