18 September - 21 September

Alaska

The critically-acclaimed Nashville trio, Runaway June, brings the Harmonies to a base near you this fall.

Naomi Cooke, Natalie Stovall, and Jennifer Wayne – the singer-songwriters of Runaway June – are kicking off their AFE World Tour this September in Alaska. Be sure to catch their debut album Blue Roses, out now.

Runaway June

Runaway June is sass, heartbreak and reinvention – an identity chiseled with steadfast grit through years of perseverance amid a male-dominated country genre. With female empowerment at the forefront of their song catalog, the trio is embracing their future and are invigorated by what’s to come.

Comprised of Naomi Cooke, Jennifer Wayne and Natalie Stovall, Runaway June is a metaphor for every woman. A force to be reckoned with, the Billboard “Chartbreaker” notched their first Top 5 hit in 2019 with “Buy My Own Drinks,” the only female country group to chart that high since the Chicks in 2003.

Amassing over 149 million on-demand streams, Runaway June has been nominated for ACM Awards and CMT Awards, named a “New Face” at Country Radio Seminar in 2020 and made numerous national TV appearances such as GMA, TODAY and CMA Country Christmas.

And, with a live show as electrifying as it is captivating – the trio’s fiery bluegrass sound and high-energy, girl-power attitude is always front and center. There’s no wonder, they’ve been invited to perform at Stagecoach, C2C Country To Country, and on some of the biggest tours in country music, opening for superstars like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood.

Now, the trio’s new western-rooted three-song EP, backstory, sets the stage for how they got here.

“You take on a lot of different iterations of yourself to find who you are going to be,” Naomi said. “No story is worth telling unless there is some heartbreak and excitement.”

Runaway June co-wrote every song on “backstory,” which was produced by Dann Huff and Mark Trussell. Naomi and Jennifer are both newlyweds, and the songs were inspired by their paths to their husbands. Natalie has been happily married for years, but she only joined the trio in 2020. The women realize the new music is symbolic of Runaway June’s new beginning with Natalie — a dynamic performer, accomplished songwriter and masterful fiddle player.

Runaway June’s backstory begins in 2014, when Jennifer and Naomi first met and set up a songwriting appointment. The two women had instant chemistry. “Magic happened in the writing room, and that’s what created Runaway June,” Jennifer said.

The women described their dynamic as “perfect for a longtime,” releasing radio singles including “Lipstick,” “Wild West” and “Head Over Heels,” until the pandemic hit, and they feared they would lose everything.

“We’d been put through the ringer,” Jennifer said. “Nothing has been easy.”

But then, Naomi and Jennifer played a songwriters’ festival a few weeks before the pandemic shutdown and ran into Natalie. They hadn’t spent a lot of time together in years, but reconnecting, the women remembered how much they respected each another’s talent and enjoyed spending time together. After that, Jennifer reached out to Natalie and asked if she would join Runaway June for a few shows and see what happened.

Natalie said the decision was a no-brainer, but it didn’t come without complications, careful consideration and making sure everyone was on the same page. When she finally agreed, Naomi and Jennifer knew Natalie’s commitment to Runaway June was unquestionable.

She is a force, and that’s a big reason why Naomi and I wanted her,” says Jennifer. “This is like giving part of our baby up. It was really hard for us to give that away, but Natalie was the only person we could imagine giving it to.”

“We’re still here, and I’m here is because of the ability of this band to adapt and to evolve and to hang on and to really, really, really want it,” Natalie added.

Just as it was in the early days, the trio still stands on the magic in the writing room. Now the women have more experience – and more recognition. Jennifer earned a Song of the Year nomination from the Academy of Country Music for co-writing Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You.” She also scored cuts from Marie Osmond and most recently Keith Urban.

Jennifer and Naomi co-wrote the trio of songs on “backstory” prior to the pandemic and before Natalie joined the group, but all three felt the tracks are representative of where they have been and where they want their story to go. “Forgot About That,” “Down the Middle” and “T-Shirt” highlight the many facets of a relationship before forever comes into view.

“Forgot About That” is a romping banjo and fiddle flirtation with an ex-partner recalling all the things the person did well. The women wrote the song over Zoom with Corey Crowder and Emily Shackelton, plucking the title from their conversation and finishing in record time.

The EP takes a thoughtful, introspective turn with “Down the Middle.” Written with Hannah Mulholland, Barry Dean, Tofer Brown years ago, the mournful ballad acknowledges that one person always hurts more at the end of a relationship. The demo was more Coldplay than contemporary country and was frequently overlooked, but when the women made a few changes to the song’s production, they realized the true depth of what they’d written.

Shania Twain inspired “T-Shirt,” an up-tempo, breezy break-up anthem the ladies wrote with Adam Hambrick and Mark Trussell. “We grew up in a time where women were able to sing about breakups and make it fun and kind of sexy and flirty,” Naomi said. There’s so much power in that. It’s just so fun.”

The women spent years telling themselves the group would be OK if they could just achieve a certain number of the charts or hit a coveted milestone. Seven years into Runaway June, they recognize the power lies in their relationship with each other, their ability to craft honest songs and their tenacious determination to succeed.

Runaway June may have started at the peak of country music’s boys’ club – but they’re here for the party now. And, they bought the T-Shirt.

Tour Dates

Sat 18 Sep 2021

Ft. Wainwright, Alaska

Performance

+ Add to Calendar 09/18/2021 10:00 AM 09/18/2021 10:00 PM Runaway June

The critically-acclaimed Nashville trio, Runaway June, brings the Harmonies to a base near you this fall.

Naomi Cooke, Natalie Stovall, and Jennifer Wayne – the singer-songwriters of Runaway June – are kicking off their AFE World Tour this September in Alaska. Be sure to catch their debut album Blue Roses, out now.

Ft. Wainwright, Alaska
Sun 19 Sep 2021

Eielson AB, Alaska

Performance

+ Add to Calendar 09/19/2021 10:00 AM 09/19/2021 10:00 PM Runaway June

The critically-acclaimed Nashville trio, Runaway June, brings the Harmonies to a base near you this fall.

Naomi Cooke, Natalie Stovall, and Jennifer Wayne – the singer-songwriters of Runaway June – are kicking off their AFE World Tour this September in Alaska. Be sure to catch their debut album Blue Roses, out now.

Eielson AB, Alaska
Tue 21 Sep 2021

JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

Performance

+ Add to Calendar 09/21/2021 10:00 AM 09/21/2021 10:00 PM Runaway June

The critically-acclaimed Nashville trio, Runaway June, brings the Harmonies to a base near you this fall.

Naomi Cooke, Natalie Stovall, and Jennifer Wayne – the singer-songwriters of Runaway June – are kicking off their AFE World Tour this September in Alaska. Be sure to catch their debut album Blue Roses, out now.

JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska