COMING armed with a clutch of proper old-skool, downhome country tunesmithery from the east of Glasgow, Rianne Downey is singing proud and strong on what’s only her second single drop, “Stand My Ground”, the proper rootsy pop inflections of which you can hear below. It’s as if our very own Dolly P had got her groove on in Motherwell or Airdrie, dusted herself down after a no-good broke her heart, picked up her guitar.
She’s only just turned 21 and she’s back after her debut single, “Fuel To The Flame” with this ode to female strength, belted out with smiling abandon over brushed drums.
Rianne says: “This single is about stamping out our own territory and not answering to anybody, finding out through experience that appearances are deceiving and not everybody is really your friend.
“Ultimately, it takes time and hurt to realise that you don’t need the people who put you down.”
2020 and all the privations we’ve endured showed Rianne it was time to put aside self-doubt; she began performing on socials, found a loving audience, uploaded song upon song – including takes on The Stone Roses “I Am The Resurrection”, The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” and Dougie Maclean’s’ “Caledonia”.
And she’s taking flight after sessions at Liverpool’s hallowed Parr Street Studios with The Coral’s James Skelly. Keep both eyes on her rise.
Rianne Downey’s “Stand My Ground” is out now on all digital streaming platforms.