Catch Of The Week: Jillian Cardarelli

Meet: Jillian Cardarelli from Haverhill, just named by Rolling Stone as one of "ten new country artists you need to know."  

This 24 year old New England girl now living in Nashville is definitely finding her wings in Nashville! And people in the industry are taking notice. This month, the legendary music bible turned pop publication, RollingStone released their list of Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know, and Jillian Cardarelli is proudly representing! You can read the full article HERE.

Jillian credits her grandfather with instilling the love of country music in her. Growing up she would visit him every Sunday and he would always be playing country at his home. From age 15 on, Cardarelli has fueled that love with her drive, working tirelessly at what she loves...playing guitar, singing and writing songs. She describes her sound as "Shania Twain/Faith Hill meets 2017 with classic country influences." And that just about nails it. There is a tenderness in her voice, giving her a deeper connection to her lyrics, combined with a strength of determination, and respect for those women who paved the way for her.

Jillian Jams

I was fortunate enough to catch Cardarelli on a recent visit back to Boston. She literally got off the plane and came to perform at our Country 102-5 Catch studio. Jillian performed her current single, "Rerun" which was written by Grammy Award winner Maren Morris, with Tina Parol and Jordan Reynolds. This is the first track released for her forthcoming EP due this Fall.


Take a listen to the official studio recording release of "Rerun." This, and all the tracks on Jillian's upcoming EP, was cut with a full-band in studio, a practice not often heard anymore. This girl is the real country deal.

Covering Cardarelli 

  • All-time favorite country song: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones
  • First country concert: Alan Jackson
  • Biggest influences: Elvis Presley, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack
  • Has opened for: Reba, Kenny Rogers, Lonestar, Lee Brice, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen
  • Other talents: Golf
  • Has a black belt in karate
  • Is a Star Wars nerd
  • Has 2 cats, Dixie and Henry

Catch Cardarelli Live

  • September 22: Opening for Jake Owen, Maine State Pier, Portland, ME
  • September 24: Opening for Jake Owen, Indian Ranch, Webster, MA

Follow Jillian



Every week, Kruser's Local Catch highlights New England’s homegrown country music talent, and tells you where to catch them locally and in Nashville. Click here to view previous catches.

The Local Catch is powered by Shiner Bock, brewed in Texas since 1909!