NASHVILLE, TN (April 14, 2023) -Storytelling singer/songwriter and recording artist Mary Heather Hickman has released her new single, “Small Town Saturday Night.” Hickman’s ability to weave a compelling tale, complete with a cast of intriguing characters, proves to be right on target once again with this new song. “Small Town Saturday Night” is available for streaming and digital download at https://ffm.to/stsn.
Grounded by a punchy backbeat and loads of outlaw energy, “Small Town Saturday Night” takes an unflinching look at the gritty underside of rural life. Filled with eerie guitar licks and the kind of fiddle playing that would give the Devil a run for his money, Mary Heather Hickman chronicles the story of several down-and-out characters. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the song packs a sinister punch without losing its mainstream appeal.
"I'm so excited to finally be able to share the studio version of 'Small Town Saturday Night' with fans of my music. The enthusiasm and encouragement I've received online and at live shows to release this one has been truly amazing,” said Mary Heather Hickman. “I'm very thankful there is a space and appreciation from country music listeners for this type of dark and edgy, story-driven song."
“When Mary Heather and I wrote ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ a few years ago, I knew we had something special. I think it’s equal parts funny and macabre and definitely highlights our shared sense of humor - I can’t think of anyone else I could have written this with,” shared co-writer Stefanie Joyce.
“This is one of my favorite songs of Mary Heather’s that we’ve cut together, and I really think it personifies her. I love the mood and feel that we were able to convey,” explained producer Tyler Bell.
“...Parker’s makin’ more money than he did at the mill
Since he got himself a girl with a script for pills
My my, he’s got the goods tonight
Mama always said he was a no-good kid
Now she calls him up when she needs her fix
My my, she’s waitin’ on him to stop by
Fake nails flickin on an ashtray
Keepin’ 3/4 time
Nowhere to be, now it’s payday
So she’s gonna get real high
It’s a small town Saturday night
Another small town Saturday night...”
“Small Town Saturday Night” was co-written by Mary Heather Hickman and Stefanie Joyce. The song was produced by Tyler Bell and recorded at Station West in Nashville. It was engineered and mixed by Kyle Manner and digital editing was done by Austin Stanley. The impressive team of studio musicians included Jerry Roe(drums and percussion), Craig Young (bass), Ilya Toshinsky (acoustic and resonator guitars), Sol Littlefield (electric guitar), Justin Schipper (pedal steel), Jenee Fleenor (fiddle), Luke Moseley (synth) and Josh Schilling (background vocals).
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About Mary Heather Hickman:
Bold and unflinching, Mary Heather Hickman songs tell stories that pack a punch. From no-holds-barred confessionals about her questionable taste in men ("Treasure") to tongue-in-cheek accounts of illicit teenage love ("Baptist Parking Lot") to modern-day murder ballads ("Ouachita River"), her songwriting is both personable and edgy, delivered with a sly dose of tongue-in-cheek humor. While her music has radio-friendly polish, Mary Heather never loses her down-home drawl; the characters in her songs feel like the type of old friends you'd finish a bottle of tequila with. This is evidenced by her growing fan base; with over half a million TikTok followers and counting, Mary Heather Hickman proves there is an audience for the gritty, unapologetic style of songwriting she specializes in.
Born in El Dorado, Arkansas, and raised just outside Dallas, Texas, Mary Heather has traditional country roots. She has spent the past five years penning songs on Nashville's Music Row, bringing the best of red-dirt music and Nashville commercial appeal into an undeniably entertaining package. She has honed her live show over the years, opening for artists such as Justin Moore, Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, Eli Young Band and Whiskey Myers, and playing high-profile venues such as the AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys) and the Oklahoma Music Festival. She was also a contestant on Season 6 of NBC's hit show, The Voice.
In 2021, her original song "Treasure" went viral on TikTok, debuting on country radio and amassing millions of streams across digital platforms. It was featured on The Bobby Bones Show, Women of iHeart Country, and hit the Top 30 on the MusicRow Country Breakout chart and Billboard Indicator chart
Since then, she has continued to work with producer Tyler Bell on more music. She has also been touring and working as a songwriter, garnering cuts from various up-and-coming artists.
You can listen to her latest single, "Britches," on all streaming platforms. Her new single, “Small Town Saturday Night” has a release date of April 14, 2023.