Hannah Bethel’s ethereal vocals and universal storytelling are at the heart of her new song “Rhinestone Rodeo.” A tale about chasing her dreams and never giving up, Bethel’s soothing vocals coupled with delicate fingerpicking and soaring pedal steel flesh out the track.
The singer-songwriter had the title for “Rhinestone Rodeo” several years before it was written. While Bethel pitched the song about navigating a life in the music business to several co-writers, it wasn’t until a writing session with Tiffany Goss and Farewell Angelina’s Nicole Witt that the idea came to fruition.
“I was tired, burned out and unsure of where to go next,” Bethel tells Billboard of the song. “Everyone chasing a dream has a ‘mountain’ to climb. For me, Nashville has been my ‘mountain.’ There have been many seasons during my 10 years in Nashville, some beautiful highs and terrible lows, but I am grateful for every experience that has made me stronger, wiser, more certain of who I am as an artist and a human, and more determined than ever to move forward with great joy and optimism in my heart.”