Is Another NorCal Country Act About To Blow Up?

Placer County all-female trio Auburn Road signs Nashville recording deal

By kncitom on April 2, 2019
(photo courtesy: Michael Anderson, Auburn Road and Charles Schoenberger Photography)

Jon Pardi, Tyler Rich, Devin Dawson, Cam… Northern California has been kicking out some pretty great country artists the past several years and it’s a trend that seems like it’s got momentum: The Placer County all-female trio Auburn Road just announced this past week they’ve signed a deal with Nashville recording label Powerbase Music.

The young ladies, made up of lifelong friends Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown (fishing folks may know of Kristen’s dad, local bass pro Kent Brown) have been singing since high school and since then, have performed all over the region, including performing the anthem at KNCI’s Golf and Guitars a couple years back (after which Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley purposely left his golf cart to tell them what a great job they did). They’ve also opened for Morgan Wallen, Love and Theft and some dude named Toby Keith. Biggest of all so far..? Last year they were featured on one of the stages at Stagecoach. 

Also last year they released their first official single from a forthcoming EP, a song called “Outlaw”– which is backed musically by members of Jason Aldean’s band (who also backed them on their first EP in 2016, called “Fancy”). 

Says Paulson: “Our new music has a much different feel compared to the songs on Fancy”–which they wrote in their mid-teens. “After writing the first few songs for Mustang we knew we wanted this next album to feel dusty and gritty. Now that we have had  more life experience, we can put that into our lyrics, vocals and music. The new songs take you through every emotion”.

Producer/manager Michael Anderson, whose worked with artists from Christine Aguilera to Daughtry, points out all the vocals were done “the old fashioned way”–without auto-tune or other studio special effects. After seeing them live a few different times, I can say, they don’t need any of that stuff. Listen for yourself…


It is a tough business getting your music noticed nationally if you’re not on a major label. So it was exciting for their 25,000 + followers (and anyone eager for this NorCal country music wave to continue)to  see the following tweet over the weekend

Of course, it’s still a long road with a lot of hard work ahead. But being in Nashville and getting signed are two huge steps in the right direction. We wish Auburn Road the best of luck on their road to stardom.

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