Maren Morris is a self-described “workhorse,” and it’s hard to argue with her assessment.
Maren is slated to be onstage at the Houston Rodeo on March 7, just a couple of weeks before her due date. When Maren and husband Ryan Hurd’s little boy arrives, Maren plans to take two months before she gets back on the road for her first performance, which is scheduled for the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on May 24 in Napa Valley, Calif.
She will follow up that performance two weeks later at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York on June 7.
As Maren told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, “it’s kind of nice to have a goal” of getting back onstage.
“I don’t want to take a year off,” says Maren. “I don’t want to, like, be away from my fans for that long. I’m still, at my core, a workhorse, and I love performing. I love being onstage, and I love to sing, so my turnaround after I deliver is pretty short. It’s only two months and I have another gig, but mentally and emotionally—and I could change after I have my baby—but I think that it’ll be good for me to have an endpoint because if it’s just open-ended, I’m gonna be, like, [having] cabin fever, going stir-crazy in the house, like, taking care of this kid . . . It’s kind of nice to have a goal to be like, ‘Okay, I have two months,’ to not put pressure on myself but to get it back together, bring him on the road with me ’cause that’s gonna be the reality. He’s gonna be a tour bus baby, so it makes me feel like I can do motherhood and my career and not have to compartmentalize them.”
Maren’s current single, “The Bones,” is No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart for the second consecutive week. A solo female artist had not accomplished back-to-back weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” in October/November 2012.
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com