Maren Morris's song "80s Mercedes" may be one of the best summer jams for driving, with its undeniably catchy beat and neon imagery. So when the American singer, songwriter and record producer made a recent stop in Toronto on her tour with Sam Hunt, we jumped on the opportunity to ask for her summer road-trip playlist.
This past year has been quite the ride for Morris, who picked up her first Grammy Award for best country solo performance and just got engaged to her singer-songwriter boyfriend Ryan Hurd. We can imagine the two have spent some time on the road celebrating with the windows rolled down and the volume cranked up, listening to these songs.
Maren Morris, '80s Mercedes'
The inspiration for this song came from Morris's love for old cars and summer scenes. "My co-writer and I tried to capture that feeling when you're going out on a Saturday night. We wanted everything to be vibrant and colourful. It really gets stuck in your head."
Lady Antebellum, 'You Look Good'
"It's just such a summer jam. It evokes a lot of nostalgia and has this really jazzy beat." Morris's fiancé, Ryan Hurd, is the writer behind this song, but she promises she'd be a fan of the song regardless of her personal connection.
"Kehlani's record is amazing, I have it on repeat. I have been on a six-month kick with her album. My favourite song changes every week but right now I'll go with 'Distraction.'"
Sam Hunt, 'Body Like a Back Road'
"I get to see him play it every night on this tour that we're on. He's figured out the perfect summer country pop song."
Alessia Cara, 'Stone'
"Right now I'm really loving Alessia Cara a lot. I think she's so awesome. I did a cover shoot with her and I think she's a real game changer. I'm obsessed with her recently."
RUSH, 'Tom Sawyer'
When we asked Morris for her Canadian connections, she said the thing she thinks of first is legendary Canadian band Rush. "My parents were rock kids so I grew up listening to a ton of Rush. The song I remember most is 'Tom Sawyer.'"
Let us know what's on your summer roadtrip playlist! We're only weeks away from the Canadian Country Music Awards on CBC-TV at 8 p.m. local (8:30 NT).