Country Round-Up: 20th July

Here’s your round up of all the latest country news!

Brad Paisley/C2C:

We were checking our twitter feed earlier this week and noticed a tweet from Rob Beckham, who some may know is part of Brad Paisleys management team. The common rumour when Brad cancelled his UK shows was that he would be part of the line up at C2C next year.

It now seems that this is not the case. Rob’s tweet was “Not C2C. Great announcements coming for that though! We are planning a great tour..more to come!”

So the rumours were unfounded. The guessing game starts soon for the big C2C line up announcement. Who do you think we’ll see? Who hasn’t appeared? YLIAS spoof odds:

11-8   Blake Shelton

3-1     Keith Urban

5-1     Brett Eldredge, Cam,

8-1     Jon Pardi, Jake Owen

25-1   Kenny Chesney

30-1    Garth Brooks (perhaps a little optimistic!)

These are artists that haven’t been here before. We think that Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker might be back and we would expect Mr Stapleton to be considered again.

Chris Lane:

Chris Lane’s debut album ‘Girl Problems’ is set to be released on August 5th. He has enlisted the support of numerous Music Row songwriters including Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson. We will be interested to see the direction that Lane intends to take with his music. His single ‘Fix’ seems to have been around forever and is still heavily played on country radio despite the recent criticism of the drug connections in the lyrics. The track list and composers are listed below:

  1. “Fix” (Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure, Abe Stoklasa)
    2. “For Her” (Matt Dragstrem, Kelly Archer, Sarah Buxton)
    3. “Let Me Love You” (Kameron Houff, Shaffer Smith, Scott Storch)
    4. “Who’s It Gonna Be” (Nick Bailey, Kevin Fisher, James “JHart” Abrahart, Ryan Ogren)
    5. “Back To Me” (Cary Barlowe, Josh Thompson, Rob Persaud)
    6. “Maybe” (Jacob Hawkes, David Pramik, Charlie Snyder, Eben Wares)
    7. “Her Own Kind Of Beautiful” (Rodney Clawson, Barry Dean, Matt Dragstrem)
    8. “All The Time” (James “JHart” Abrahart, Jordan Evans, Chelcee Grimes, Tayla Parkx, Tinashe Sibanda)
    9. “Circles” featuring Mackenzie Porter (Steph Jones, Joey Moi, Danny Parker, Sno, Emily Warren)
    10. “Saturday Night” (Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
    11. “All About You” (Andy Albert, Chris Lane, Jordan Schmidt)
    12. “Girl Problems” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear)

Tim McGraw:

Good to see authentic country songs and previous YLIAS favourites doing so well. Tim McGraw’s ‘How I’ll Always Be’ is the current highest increase on the airplay charts in the US.

Tim seems to have turned his back on his bro-country experimentations. ‘Humble and Kind’ was a huge hit for him and he seems to be sticking to real country music. Check out the new single, it’s the real deal. Pedal steel, snare drums and acoustic guitar. Stand by for another TM smash.

Kane Brown:

By way of contrast have you checked out Kane Brown? Interesting career development. He tried X Factor and American Idol but didn’t get very far. He then decided to post himself covering country songs on social media.

This seems to have been rather more successful and although there are reports that the numbers are exaggerated he built up a huge Facebook following and enabled him to raise funds on Kickstarter to release a six song EP.

The EP was a moderate success but his single ‘Used To Love You Sober’ raised his profile further. It attracted a major label and he signed a contract with Sony Music Nashville in January of this year.

Since then he has supported Florida Georgia Line and is now embarking on his own headlining US tour in November.

The ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ tour will actually hit 30 US cities! Not bad for someone who describes himself as the Justin Bieber of country music. It basically shows that there are more ways to get ahead than paying your dues by endless bar shows.

Anyone with a desire for the traditional side of our music should stay away. Brown makes Sam Hunt sound like George Strait, but he’s certainly one to watch.

FSA Fest:

Don’t forget that we have another stellar music festival upcoming here in the UK. The 2016 FSA Fest is taking place at Newark Showground between 29 – 31 July featuring a whole host of top UK country music artists.

We have some serious talent in this country and we should do what we can to support them. It’s our first FSA festival this year and hopefully we will see you there. Tickets available HERE

New Releases:

It’s been a rather quite period for mainstream albums over the last couple of weeks apart from the excellent David Nail ‘Fighter’ album.

Things start to get back into gear in earnest on July 29th when we have new album releases from Hillary Scott and the Scott Family ‘Love Remains’, Jake Owen ‘America Love’ and Lori McKenna ‘The Bird And The Rifle’.

Until then, there are a batch of new singles to check out:

Chase Rice – ‘Everybody We Know Does’

Eric Pasley  – ‘Angels In This Town’

Jana Kramer – ‘Circles’

Jason Aldean – ‘A Little More Summertime’

Randy Houser – ‘Chasing Down A Good Time’

Luke Bryan:

We see that Luke Bryan is also releasing ‘Move’ as his next single. This is the fifth track that he has released from his album ‘Kill The Lights’.