DIERKS BENTLEY FT HARDY & BRELAND – ‘BEERS ON ME’
Dierks kept a low profile during the pandemic but then reappeared with a #1 single ‘Gone’ and seems destined to return to the peak with his new track ‘Beers On Me’.
It has the classic Bentley laid back vibes and instantly catchy chorus that will be played incessantly on country radio. The track was penned with Hardy at a writers retreat in Colorado, and Breland was enlisted to add vocal support later.
The song title is the name of Dierks Bentley’s forthcoming tour, which begins mid-August. We reckon he will be well on the way to celebrating another number one single before the tour wraps in October.
ELIJAH OCEAN – ‘THE ICE MACHINE’
Elijah Ocean is about to release a new album ‘Born Blue’ on 13th August and ‘The Ice Machine’ is a pre-release track that he has shared from it.
It’s about a man who talks to an ice machine in a confessional manner, so a little removed from country music’s regular tag lines. However Ocean has never been a stranger to adapting traditional country music values into his own style.
He describes the album as “Second Wave Neotraditional Country and Western Music” which modernises 80’s and 90’s styles without sacrificing the steel and fiddles.
FRANK RAY – ‘COUNTRY’D LOOK GOOD ON YOU’
Frank Ray has been working the Texas music scene successfully as an independent artist but has now signed a deal with Stoney Creek Records.
This single is a follow-up to ‘Streetlights’ which he released at the beginning of the summer with a Spanish vibe.
‘Country’d Look Good on You’ has a more traditional feel and continues the career path for the former New Mexico police officer who turned to music full time after opening for Keith Urban.
LAINEY WILSON – ‘TWO STORY HOUSE’
Lainey has already achieved a feat that many of our weekly picks yearn – a breakthrough song. ‘Things a Man Oughta Know’ is inching its way ever closer to the #1 spot.
She’s already looking to the follow-up, and ‘Two Story House’ is a personal reflection on her upbringing with her sister who shared a room in her parents’ home in Louisiana. The room was located in a portable building that annexed the house to increase its size.
She’s been playing the song at writers rounds over the last few years and she descibes it as a “special one”.
KAREN JONAS – ‘SUMMER’S HARD FOR LOVE’
The song will feature on her 4-track EP ‘Summer Songs’, which will be released on 20th August, the same date as her book of original poetry ‘Gumballs’.
She penned the song “years ago just after I got divorced and was entering the dating scene for the first time” .
Her songwriting time has been shared with her poetry sessions. She describes writing over 60 hard scenes from her life as vignettes that she has decided to share with the world.
CORT CARPENTER – ‘SOUNDS OF MY HOMETOWN’
Cort’s been making a name for himself in and around Nashville as an independent artist, and prior to the pandemic had completed a 150-date ‘Electricity’ tour.
His lockdown streaming performances kept him going throughout the dark days of 2020, but he’s now back with a powerful new single ‘Sounds of my Hometown’ that easily merits inclusion on this week’s highlights list.
The song title is also the title of his forthcoming tour which kicks off in Lexington, Alabama on 7th August.
RYAN HURD – ‘COAST’
The duet with his wife Maren Morris, ‘Chasing After You’, is hovering around the top 20 on Country Radio, but Ryan’s new release ‘Coast’ may well become his breakthrough solo hit.
He has been a prominant songwriter, penning singles for Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. We all recall Blake’s ‘Lonely Tonight’ and Luke’s ‘Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset’.
‘Coast’ was penned with Aaron Eshuis, who also produced the track.
LAUREN ALAINA – ‘IT WAS ME’
Lauren’s album ‘Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World’ will be released on 3rd September and ‘It Was Me’, written with Hillary Lindsey, is the lead track from it.
The album is her third release for Mercury Nashville and Lauren co-wrote 14 of the 15 songs with prominent Nashville songwriters including Lindsey, Liz Rose, Emily Weisband and Lori McKenna.
LOGAN MIZE – ‘GEORGE STRAIT SONGS’
His new album ‘Welcome To Prairieville’ will be released on 1st October on Big Yellow Dog Music.
‘George Strait Songs’ plays homage to his roots, highlighting the aspects of Middle America that shaped his career to date. It’s a song that has already been featured on Bob Harris’ country show on Radio 2.