Sammy White Breaks Down Every Track On ‘Dirty Laundry’

26 May 2023 | 10:29 am | Mallory Arbour

‘Dirty Laundry’ is out now!

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Sammy White has been writing songs since she was 12. She released her first single in 2019, but it was her follow-up track, I Can’t Outrun You, that made heads turn and gain recognition on National Country Radio Airplay charts. The songs have kept flowing, with her 2021 release, Running Away Tonight earning her a Golden Guitar Award nomination for ‘New Talent Of The Year’ in 2022.

Today, the 2020 Toyota Star Maker has released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Dirty Laundry. The 14-track collection features co-writes with Melanie Dyer, Katrina Burgoyne, Bella Mackenzie, Travis Collins and her partner and fellow country music singer-songwriter Brad Cox. It also features the singles Running Away Tonight, Love On The Line, Friends With The Bottle, You Sound Like Me and Diamonds and Dolly.

Sammy says of Dirty Laundry, “We’ve all got it, right?! And there’s no better way for a songwriter to air it than turning churning out some songs and putting ‘em on a record. This album feels really special – like fireworks and Elton John, or a warm tea and patting a stranger’s dog on the street. I’m super proud of this record and the messy, dirty road these songs have travelled. Thanks to the good people who believe in me, my stories, and this wild ride we’re on. We’re all just odd socks at the bottom of the tumble dryer. And I love it. Here’s to Dirty Laundry!”

We’re so delighted to bring you this exclusive track by track, as Sammy White talks us through each individual track: the creation, sentiment, and everything in between.


1. Countryside

Written shortly after [fellow country singer-songwriter and partner] Brad Cox and I moved from Newcastle to our farm in Central Queensland. I love having space, a few cows to feed and being able to look up at the stars from our dam. Our little Countryside is the best.

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2. You Sound Like Me

If you’re a rough around the edges, country bumpkin who doesn’t mind letting your hair down, I reckon we’d get on pretty well. I’m all about laughing off the “whoopsies” and getting on with the show.

3. Running Away Tonight

This one’s all about escaping your problems for the night, whatever they may be, and having a good time.

4. Junkyard

For the op shoppers, dumpster divers and second-hand queens. The ones who see the beauty in imperfections.

5. Run The Show

There are so many hands that go into pulling off a gig. From the band, merch lady, stage crew, promoters, etc. the list goes on. It wouldn’t work without the whole team working their asses off. “Together we run the show”.

6. Love On The Line featuring Brad Cox

This song came about during the peak of the pandemic. Without much happening on the music front, Brad went to work during the planting season – which meant that we were apart for the first time in our relationship. We spent our time on the phone around his shifts and patchy bush service, hence love on the line.

7. Blame Game

It’s really easy to get caught up in the “who’s” and “what’s” during an argument. And it stings because it’s usually all wrapped up in love. It’s important to remind yourself of that.

8. Baby Do You Wanna

The saucy song. About skipping the fight and going straight to making up.

9. Queen Bee

Being a musician is definitely a weird and wonderful job, where a lot of opinions get thrown around. I’m all for taking on constructive criticism, but at the end of the day, you’ve gotta trust your gut. And do what you’ve gotta do.

10. Country As Cow Shit

I really wanted a tongue and cheek track on the album for the true-blue country people. The ones that get shit done (no matter how rough it is). Being on a property is a lifestyle that you can’t really understand unless you live it, and I wanted to celebrate that.

11. Friends With The Bottle

A song for the girls! A let’s sing Shania Twain at the top of our lungs while sipping on Pimms, kinda song.

12. Diamonds and Dolly

This one’s about finding your person, and just clicking with them. Like a cup of coffee on a Monday morning, homemade chutney in a mason jar, and Diamonds and Dolly.

13. Go Easy On Me

That chat that comes in the early stages of a relationship, after being burnt previously. It’s scary being vulnerable, but also really beautiful.

14. I’ll Do Me, You Do You featuring Brad Butcher

A story song, about not clipping someone’s wings. If you wanna wear a leopard print bikini and disco dance to 80’s music down Main Street – go you! Everyone should feel the freedom to express themselves.

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