Send It Slam Artist Feature: Abby Hamilton
Third of a series: GoWild Cofounder, CEO, Brad Luttrell is sharing the stories behind how GoWild came to work with each Send It Slam artist.
My Friday mornings start with coffee and checking Spotify to see what albums were released while I was sleeping. This ritual leads me not only to new music from favorite artists, but often I’ll stumble onto songwriters I’ve never heard of before.
That’s how I found Abby Hamilton back in 2020.
Funny enough, I clicked on her song “50s’ Dream” because I thought it was a Whitney Rose track, who had become a favorite of mine over the last year. While surprised to hear a different voice, I was far from disappointed.
Abby’s presence is big time, which, funny enough, “Big Time” is one of my favorite songs of hers. As Justin Wells said in his cover of the track on TikTok, “Abby Hamilton is as monster of a songwriter as we have in Kentucky right now.”
After discovering Abby, she became a regular for my speakers. A natural storyteller with a velvet voice, Abby’s lyrics have a familiar comfort. Tracks like “Fast” feel so familiar, in fact, you’ll swear you’ve heard them before. This song is a great nod to Abby’s classic and timeless sound—the hook, the melody, the bridge—it’s all timeless.
Her track “Just Like Me” is one of the most raw and real break up songs I have ever heard. I think this song alone could have cured my high school heart breaks, had only I had the antidote in time. The song is unashamed of its spite, which is just perfect for the rage of a lost lover.
Much of the attention for Kentucky’s songwriters lately has been on finding the next Tyler Childers. It’s a futile search, not because there’s only one Tyler Childers (OK, that part is also true) but because what makes Kentucky musicians so great is the unique adversity they’ve faced. If you listen well, you’ll hear a wise view of the world’s challenges in Abby Hamilton.
And if I were a betting man, I’d be willing to say in a few years, people will be searching for the next Abby Hamilton. She has everything necessary to put Kentucky once again on the country music map. You won’t need a map legend to find her—just look for the star shining from the middle of the state, or just come on down to Send It Slam to see Abby and her full band. You won’t regret it.
About the Author
Brad Luttrell is the Cofounder, CEO of GoWild. His career has taken him through journalism, advertising, technology and the outdoor industry. All along the way, he’s had a guitar in his trunk and a song in his head.
Photo by Elizabeth Withers