Kristy Lee Cook wasn’t loving the lack of true cowboys and cowgirls in today’s country music. So she decided to do something about it. Her most recent single, “Lookin’ for a Cowgirl” and is exactly that. A track that Rolling Stone Country said,” [Paints] a picture of a woman who isn’t planning on laying seductively in the back of her bro-country boyfriend’s pickup truck. She’s going to drive the thing herself, full-throttle,” shows Cook’s true cowgirl side. We talked to the BBR Music Group singer about that song, what’s coming next, and her thoughts on the lack of women in today’s country music.
What can you tell us about the story behind your new single “Lookin’ for a Cowgirl”?
It’s pretty simple. One of my good friends Bridgette Tatum (writer of Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country”) and I want people to get back to the whole cowgirl thing. I can’t remember the last time somebody sang about a cowgirl, especially coming from a woman. And that’s just who I am. Everyday I’m out on the ranch, so I’m a cowgirl, but I’ve never really been able to make that song until now.
I was really excited to be able to write this song with a girl who’s also a cowgirl. We’re like long lost sisters, she’s a great writer, artist, and person. And we just seem to click when we write. We wanted to write a song that said you can get this kind of girl or that kind of girl, but if you want a girl that’s up for adventure and wants to have fun then you’re looking for a cowgirl. We wanted to make a track that tells people this is who I am and there’s a lot of women out there that want a song like that. I think it’s been a while since we’ve had a cowgirl anthem so I’m hoping this will be it.
The whole cowgirl thing ties is perfectly to you because you’ve been around horses your whole life right?
Yeah I’ve been around them for a really long time. Even though I didn’t have horses of my own until I was around ten, I was always riding friends horses and learned there. So I fell in love with horses when I was really little – the first time I got on a horse I was two.
You took that love a step further when you started a charity around horses. How has that been going?
It’s hard because I don’t get to do as much with it as I’d like because it’s so time consuming. I was really active in it when I came off of American Idol and was living in Oregon. But now I’ve had to put it on hold because of everything that’s going on. So it’s challenging to be able to tend to it, but every now and then I’ll get a horse in that I really fall in love with and I’ll tend to it. But it’s definitely not as much as I’d like to.
Moving back to the music side of things, I know you’ve been in the studio recently what can you tell us about new music?
We actually have a whole album that’s done.It’s sort of a waiting game to see how the single is going to do and we’re definitely hoping for the best.
Obviously you co-wrote “Lookin’ for a Cowgirl” is that the case with much of the album too?
Most of the stuff that should be on there is stuff that I co-wrote. Then there’s a few others that I wrote by myself. It’s pretty neat to be able to get stuff that you wrote onto an album because there’s so many great songs to pick from. But to get one on there is pretty exciting.
We’re definitely looking forward to hearing it. If we go back a couple years you worked with Randy Houser on a track called “Wherever Love Goes.” What was that experience like?
It’s interesting how that song worked out because we both ended up cutting it. I think we thought that it was such a good song that it needed to be released as a single, but unfortunately it didn’t do quite what we had hoped it would do charts wise.
But Randy’s an incredible singer. He can sing notes around pretty much anybody. But he’s a fun guy and one of my good friends. He’s a true cowboy.
Speaking of true cowboys, that’s something that’s lacking in country music today. And even more so, women are few and far between on the radio. What do you make of the fact that there aren’t as many women in country and that “bro-country” has taken over?
I’m pretty honest on the this topic. I’m kind of tired of the whole “bro-country” thing. It’s not a man’s world, obviously they do a ton of stuff, but us women do a lot too. I feel like we’ve been kicked to the curb in a way and haven’t been given a fair chance. Regardless, of me or anyone else, if there’s a good song it should be played. It seems to me that there’s a trend people are following, rather than people actually listening to the songs. I’m happy for everyone who’s been successful through the “bro-country” thing, but at the same time I think women can be just as successful if given the chance. So we’re just waiting for that opportunity.
I definitely agree with you there. It’s almost become that your name gets your songs played, regardless of the quality of the song and that’s not something we as a genre should be moving towards.
Yeah. I’m okay if people don’t like my songs because that’s just how it is sometimes. But it’s hard to have a song that people are liking and wanting to hear, but it’s not being played. It’s frustrating because music used to be all about the song for both women and men and that’s why we had more female country singers. If they had a good song and it was unique it would be played. And I think it’s becoming less and less like that today.