June 21, 2024






The Heartbroken Record Cover Art | Courtesy of Big Loud Records / Songs & Daughters
Image by Brayln Kelly Smith | Download here

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Big Loud Records / Songs & Daughters’ Lauren Watkins drops the needle on her debut album, The Heartbroken Record, today, available across all streaming / DSP partners now. Listen here.

Fusing a fresh, modern-country shine with the rough-hewn edge of an outlaw, Watkins stands as a neon-lit throwback in the digital age, a born singer-songwriter with a vision for the moment. On her full-length debut, she introduces herself the Nashville way – co-writing the entire project, and stringing together the pieces of a bootstraps story with songs that make an impact and a singular-yet-familiar sound. Throughout the 17-song album, Watkins easily reminds fans that though they may crack easily, hearts heal back stronger, messier, more resilient with every break.

“It makes sense that my debut album would be called The Heartbroken Record; heartbreak songs have always been my favorite,” Watkins smiles. “As a songwriter I feel a responsibility to put my experiences on paper. Whether it’s the loss of love, or a town, or a friendship, we all experience heartbreak. I think it’s really special that we can be brought together by things like that.”

From the breezy first notes of album opener “Leavers Leave,” to  woozy, honky-tonking title track “Heartbroken Record” to “Set My Heart On Fire,” where Watkins enlists personal icon Sheryl Crow for a roots-rocking tribute to the self-destructive nature of falling in love, to refreshing focus track “Gatlinburg,” an upbeat tribute to emotional escapism and ode to East Tennessee’s Las Vegas and its Margaritaville-like powers, Watkins centers herself as “a country superstar in the making” (Holler).

“I wanted this album to show every side of heartbreak,” she continues. “It’s a story of the good, the bad, and the ugly. One second, it’s a feel-good car jammer and the next it’s a cryin’ pedal steel waltz…and if that doesn’t describe me and heartbreak in a sentence, then I don’t know what does.”

To pair with the album’s release, Watkins let loose with the playful official music video for “Gatlinburg,” directed by Nicki Fletcher and Mason Allen, out now. Watch here.

As for what’s up next for Watkins? She’s past heartbreak and on to greener pastures, newly and happily married to songwriter / producer Will Bundy. But before the two can ride off into the sunset, the gut wrenching lessons she’s learned along the way needed to be put to bed.

“I did just marry the love of my life,” Watkins says, “but I can’t go into this new chapter without getting the past few chapters off my chest.”

This summer, the newly wed heartbreaker tours fairs and festivals nationwide before taking the stage internationally opening Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour throughout Europe, as well as gigs opening stateside tours for Maddie & Tae and Corey Kent this fall.


“There’s an effortlessly smoky quality to Watkins’ voice, with a style of direct-yet-poetic songwriting reminiscent of Kacey Musgraves or Miranda Lambert.” – Billboard

“…it all works. Smart songwriting, a raspy-twangy voice. Definitely a newcomer with a lot of promise.” 

– Marissa Moss, Don’t Rock The Inbox

“There’s a sharp humor at play here too, something the genre hasn’t seen since ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ era Kacey Musgraves…” – Entertainment Focus

“Her quiet confidence and authenticity shines through immediately; she’s an artist who has clearly soaked up her history and is an avid student of country. She’s the real deal who deserves her flowers on stage.” 


“Lauren Watkins…is reinventing the neo-traditional, retro country music of generations past.” 

– GRAMMY.com

“There’s the wit of Kacey’s wordplay, the eye-rolling sass of Miranda, the twang of Reba and the no-frills storytelling of Ashley McBryde. All those influences and many more have been combined into one enormous force of country music that has the potential to be even bigger than them all.” – Holler

“Wow. What a debut. The songwriting here is awesome, and her expressive delivery is spot-on.” 

– MusicRow

“Enter any Music Row watering hole, mention the name of Big Loud-signed singer-songwriter Lauren Watkins and watch people’s eyes alight with excitement.” – The Tennessean

“Unique, Original And Country As Hell” –Whiskey Riff


  1. Leavers Leave (Lauren Watkins, Lance Miller, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
  2. Mama, I Made It (Lauren Watkins, Rocky Block, Lauren Hungate)
  3. Heartbroken Record (Lauren Watkins, Will Bundy, Caroline Watkins)
  4. Sad Songs And You (Lauren Watkins, Lauren Hungate)
  5. Set My Heart On Fire (feat. Sheryl Crow) (Lauren Watkins, Emily Landis, Summer Overstreet, Lydia Vaughan)
  6. Stuck In My Ways (Lauren Watkins, Will Bundy, David Garcia, Emily Landis)
  7. Gatlinburg (Lauren Watkins, Jessie Jo Dillon, Carter Faith, Lauren Hungate, Ashley Monroe, Caroline Watkins)
  8. Anybody But You (Lauren Watkins, Rodney Clawson, Mark Holman, Ernest Keith Smith)
  9. Settling Things (Lauren Watkins, Lauren Hungate, Luke Laird)
  10. One Trick Pony (Lauren Watkins, Will Bundy, Lydia Vaughan, Caroline Watkins)
  11. Fly On The Wall (feat. Jake Worthington) (Lauren Watkins, Andy Sheridan, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
  12. Shirley Temple (Lauren Watkins, Nicolle Galyon, Meg McRee)
  13. Pretend You’re Coming Home (feat. Ashley Monroe) (Lauren Watkins, Ashley Monroe, Mark Trussell)
  14. Jealous Of Jane (Lauren Watkins, Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Caroline Watkins)
  15. Cowboys On Music Row (feat. Carter Faith) (Lauren Watkins, Jessie Jo Dillon, Carter Faith, Lauren Hungate, Ashley Monroe, Caroline Watkins)
  16. Burn The Bridge (Lauren Watkins, Will Bundy, Emily Landis, Mark Trussell)
  17. Too Much To Dream (Lauren Watkins, Forrest Finn, Nicolle Galyon)

All songs produced by Joey Moi


June 21 – South Greenfield, Mo. – Baker-Spain Stampede

July 5 – Worcester, Mass. – Off The Rails*

July 6 – Sidney, N.Y. – Southern Tier Music Festival

July 7 – Hampton, N.H. – Wally’s*

July 12 – Fort Loramie, Ohio – Country Concert

July 20 – Pierz, Minn. – Pierz Freedom Fest

July 27 – Plain City, Ohio – Rock The Clock Street Festival

Aug. 1 – Detroit Lakes, Minn. – WE Fest

Aug. 10 – Oro-Medonte, Ont. – Boots & Hearts Festival

Aug. 28 – Stockholm, Swe. – Friends Arena ^

Aug. 30 – Oslo, Nor. – Oslo Spektrum ^

Sept. 1 – Copenhagen, Den. – Royal Arena ^

Sept. 3 – Amsterdam, Ned. – Ziggo Dome ^

Sept. 5 – Glasgow, U.K – OVO Hydro ^

Sept. 7 – Dublin, Ire. – 3Arena

Sept. 27 – Silver Spring, Md. – The Fillmore Silver Spring #

Sept. 28 – Warren, Ohio – Packard Music Hall #

Sept. 29 – Wilkes-Barre, Penn. – F.M. Kirby Center #

Oct. 4 – Salt Lake City, Utah – RedWest Fest

Oct. 10 – Little Rock, Ark. – The Hall !

Oct. 12 – Terrell, Texas – Silver Saloon

Nov. 8 – Wichita, Kan. – The Cotillion !

Nov. 9 – Stillwater, Okla. – Tumbleweed Dancehall !

* headline date

^ supporting Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour

# supporting Maddie & Tae’s Here’s To Friends Tour

! supporting Corey Kent’s Black Bandana Tour

#  #  #


Drenched in authenticity and rife with barstool charm with an addictive, Tennessee limestone gravel in her voice, Nashville-born and bred songbird Lauren Watkins writes, breathes, and lives country music. The 24-year-old original grew up on the outskirts of Guitar Town, mesmerized by a jukebox rotation of country music, from outlaws like Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow to chart-toppers Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Stapleton. Moving back after four years at Ole Miss, Watkins’ unyielding, turn-on-a-dime lyricism quickly caught the attention of GRAMMY-nominated multi-hyphenate Nicolle Galyon, who signed her to publishing and recording contracts with Songs & Daughters / Big Loud Records almost instantly. Honing in on a sound that’s both reverent of the genre’s roots and in lockstep with where it’s headed next, she introduced her take on country music with 17-track, full-length debut The Heartbroken Record, out now, the full-circle companion to previous EP releases Introducing: Lauren Watkins and Introducing: The HeartbreakWatkins is touring fairs and festivals all summer before opening stadiums for Morgan Wallen internationally, theaters for Maddie & Tae, and dance halls for Corey Kent this fall. She’s previously toured with ERNEST, Conner Smith, Jameson Rodgers, Austin Snell, and Lily Rose.



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Lauren Watkins | Image by Brayln Kelly Smith | Download here
Lauren Watkins | Image by Brayln Kelly Smith | Download here

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