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“You brought it on yourself // and now it hurts like hell.”

With that line from “Black Cherries,” the opening track of Hello Delaware’s My Mistake, Dana Beeler sets it all out clearly: There will be no more of these shenanigans. Or, as she tells it, this new album is “a little edgy, a lot pissed off, a lot done with stupid boys and their stupid shit.”

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, as detailed on “One Horse Town,” Beeler’s environment practically dictated her beginnings as a solo country music artist. After one record, some cross-country touring, and a terrible break-up, Beeler was ready to branch out into new sounds. Enter Hello Delaware. “Being a band allows me to really let down my wall on stage and become the person I want to be,” she says. “I can be weird and honest and outpouring and abrasive, and not worry about how people will react.”

Beeler followed Halifax peers like Jenn Grant and Heather Green in amongst the trees of Echo Lake Studio to craft My Mistake with two-time ECMA producer of the year Daniel Ledwell. “Danny blew my mind and expectations on this album,” she says. “He played basically all the instruments, save drums and a few guitar parts, and created dynamic and beefy musical hooks that really make these songs everything I wanted for them.”

The result sounds like a Jenny Lewis who grew up in small-town Canada—less Hollywood, more trees—but emerged just as heartbroken, and as insightful about it. It’s Americana with shades of *Red*-era Taylor Swift, the elemental pop of Gwen Stefani while a splash of country seeps across the whole affair, as Beeler’s voice bends into a twang with lyrics like “there’ll always be one horse you can’t tame.”

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