About six weeks ago, I started working out every weekday.  And, to help me get motivated, I grabbed my IPod and loaded it up with what I consider to be "workout" songs.  Upbeat.  fun.  Pep in their step.  The first track on my playlist is the song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.  (It's the perfect song to run 6 mph to on the treadmill!)  You've probably heard it.  It recently reached #1 in seven countries and peaked at #4 on the Billboard chart here in the U.S.  When I first heard it, I told Jaclyn that she needed to give it a listen.  Something about "Call Me Maybe" just screamed out for a "country-fried" version and I thought Jaclyn's band could give it a cool, country-flavored twist.   Apparently, I'm not the only one who thought the tune had some bacon grease in it.  Check this out!  I found an awesome version by a young lady named Emma Rowley, who sat down with her acoustic guitar and cranked it out.  Her version of "Call Me Maybe" is my "Country-Fried" YouTube Cover of the Week . . .

Emma is a talent singer, songwriter and actress.  As a matter of fact, she played Baby Louise (alongside Patti LuPone) in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy.  In addition to having mad vocal chops and great expression in her voice and face, Emma is one heck of a guitarist.  In order to cover "Call Me Maybe," she basically had to build much of the chord structure on her own.  Here's the original version.  As you'll see and hear . . . Emma's interpretation of it is inspired!

Carly Rae Jepsen hails from Canada where she placed third in the 5th season of Canadian Idol.  And, with her debut single reaching the Top 5 here in the states, she's well on her way to making a name for herself in the U.S.  But so is Emma Rowley.  I like this girl a lot.  Check out her official website to learn more about her and hear some of her original music.  Take a listen to "The Cinderella Song" and "The Girl I Am Today" and you'll definitely hear some Taylor Swift influence.  Of course, we all know . . . that's not too shabby a role model.   

Good luck to you, Emma!