PARKER MCCOLLUM – ‘HANDLE ON YOU’
Here’s another break-up song that is so synonymous with country music. Written with Monty Criswell, McCollum states “I know I have written quite a few songs about heart break and drinking. So here’s another one”.
He’s recently crossed off another of his bucket list entries, having opened for George Strait in Kansas City, and he seems destined to build upon his impressive career stats having already achieved two #1 singles, ‘Pretty Heart’ and ‘To Be Loved By You.’
IAN MUNSICK – ‘MORE THAN ME’
Warner Music Nashville have high hopes that Ian Munsick will continue his rise, and his new single ‘More Than Me’ may just be his big solo breakthrough after his collaboration with Cody Johnson on ‘Long Live Cowgirls.’ Ultra radio friendly and very easy on the ear, it’s a song that was inspired some time ago.
“The title hit me when I attended my friend’s wedding in Tennessee a few years ago,” Munsick shared. “Like any good songwriter, I stole it from the groom after he said, ‘I love her because she loves Jesus more than she loves me.”
BEN RECTOR FT. THOMAS RHETT – ‘WHAT MAKES A MAN’
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ben Rector has teamed up with Thomas Rhett on this gem of a song.
Rector, who released his latest album ‘The Joy Of Music’ in March, will be making his Grand Ole Opry debut on August 9th.
The song questions the characteristics of what makes a man, and is written as a reflection on Rector’s upbringing with his own father.
“I’ve always been a fan of Ben’s, so when he reached out wanting to collaborate, I jumped at the opportunity to work with him,” Rhett stated.
JADE HELLIWELL – ‘WOMAN I AM’
Jade’s been recognised as one of the leading lights of UK country music, as a regular on our festival circuit, and she’s just released her first single of the year.
It was written with Laura Oakes, and is the first release from her crowd-funded new EP which is scheduled for release later this year.
Jade’s had a busy few months, opening for Tenille Arts on her UK tour, and will be headlining her own tour in October, beginning in Newcastle and concluding in Brighton.
MAE ESTES – ‘YOUR HANDS’
A regular on our weekly lists, Nashville-based Mae Estes has released a new track that she describes as her “first love song”.
Her recent releases have included ‘Thinkin’ about Cheatin’ and ‘I Quit Smoking.’
She’s from Arkansas where she was recently awarded their ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ award, and she has also attracted the national attention of The Boot who exclusively premiered her last music video.
STEVIE O’CONNOR – ‘THAT DOG CAN HUNT’
Few can match the energy and emotional input that Stevie puts into his live performances.
He’s a past British Country Music Entertainer of the Year recipient, and those of us making the journey up to Millport for the festival later this month will be relishing the chance to see him performing with his superb band again.
‘That Dog Can Hunt’ is a typical Stevie up-tempo toe-tapper, reminiscent of the Williess and the Waylons of the world.
BRELAND FT. LADY A – ‘TOLD YOU I COULD DRINK’
At the end of the memorable weekend that was C2C back in March, Breland became a firm favourite amongst the UK fans. The foot count at his numerous appearances grew by the day, as word of mouth built the excitement, and his infectious personality and talent shone through.
Since then, he’s risen fast through the ranks, with performances at the Opry, Nissan Stadium and Good Morning America, just to name a few.
He has teamed up with Lady A for his new single, having performed with them at CMA Fest. The track was written with Charles Kelley and Zachary Manno.
SEAFORTH – ‘WHAT I GET FOR LOVING YOU’
Another new name for many at C2C, Seaforth also made a huge impression on those who caught their sets and attended Sunday’s after party.
They will be returning to the UK later this month for The Long Road Festival, and have released the first track from their new EP which will be released on August 26th.
They will also be supporting Chris Young on his UK tour, which begins in Glasgow on August 25th.
CRAIG MORGAN – ‘HOW YOU MAKE A MAN’
It’s the lead track from Craig’s upcoming album ‘God, Family, Country (Deluxe Edition),’ coming on November 11th and coinciding with his headlining Ryman Auditorium appearance.
His profile in the US has significantly risen due to him starring in the CBS series ‘Beyond The Edge’ alongside fellow country artist Lauren Alaina and four other celebrities. They trade their worlds of luxury to live the jungles of Panama, which sounds like the US equivalent of our ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.’
The hard-hitting new track ‘How You Make A Man’ is well worth a spin.
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