RAELYNN – ‘I LOVE MY HOMETOWN’
One of two new songs from RaeLynn. She’s also released ‘If God Took Days Off,’ about experiencing God’s love through another person.
‘I Love My Hometown’ is an up-beat, jaunty homage to her hometown of Baytown, Texas.
She’s certainly proud of her roots. Her 2021 album was also titled ‘Baytown,’ and she recently tweeted that “your girl ain’t done singing about hometowns and Jesus”.
ALANA SPRINGSTEEN – ‘TRUST ISSUES’
It’s a high-power breakup song which Alana wrote with Sasha Alex Stone, Jessie Jo Dillon and Nick Bailey, and was a song that she had put off writing but needed to get out there.
The subject matter is personal. The guy who broke her heart was untruthful and made out to be someone he wasn’t. She said the writing room was akin to a therapy session as her co-writers had had similar experiences.
She’ll be making her CMA Fest debut next month in Nashville.
AMERICAN AQUARIUM – ‘WILDFIRE’
The guys have been releasing teasers from their forthcoming ‘Chicamancomico’ album, which will be with us on June 10th, and ‘Wildfire’ is this week’s treat.
We’ve featured tracks previously in our weekly picks, and the theme of the album deals with loss and isolation expressed through the songwriting prowess of front man BJ Barham, following the loss of his mother and grandmother.
The album will be the North Carolina-based band’s 9th studio album.
COLBY ACUFF – ‘BAD DAY TO BE A BEER’
Colby’s from Idaho, and is fast becoming one of the names to watch in the independent country music arena.
‘Bad Day To Be A Beer’ has the twang and will certainly get those toes tapping.
It seems that his best mate is none other than Miller Lite, which “makes him feel good tonight.”
ELLE KING FT. DIERKS BENTLEY – “WORTH A SHOT”
Elle King follows her duet with Miranda Lambert, ‘Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home),’ with a song that has radio hit all over it.
Dierks is on hand to repeat the collaboration that brought us another smash hit, ‘Different For Girls,’ in 2016, which hit #1 on the Country charts and won a CMA Award.
On that occasion it was Dierks who was introducing Elle to country music, and as she is now firmly at the top table, she invited him to be part of her first country album.
INGRID ANDRESS – ‘SEEING SOMEONE ELSE’
It’s another taster from Ingrid’s upcoming sophomore album, and was written with Derrick Southerland and Jesse Frasure. It deals with the emotions experienced when someone is growing out of their current relationship.
She was due to accompany Keith Urban on his UK tour but had to pull out of those gigs, so we didn’t get the chance to see her perform, sadly. She is, however, joining Keith for his US gigs which kick off in June.
ROSS COPPERMAN – ‘MYSTERY’
Ross Copperman’s songwriting catalogue is legendary. He has amassed 29 #1 radio hits on the Country charts and has been nominated for Grammy Awards. Keith’s ‘John Cougar, John Deer, John 3-16’, Luke’s ‘Strip It Down’ and Kenny’s ‘Get Along’ are all classics penned by Copperman, and his Wiki discography is long.
He’s released a number of tracks as a solo artist over the last year without finding traction. It’s surely a matter of time before he finds the formula, and we reckon ‘Mystery’ might be it.
MAE ESTES – THINKIN’ ‘BOUT CHEATIN’
The song was exclusively premiered on The Boot, so it seems that one of Nashville’s brightest new talents may just be on the cusp of breaking through to the masses. We’ve been keeping tabs on Mae since we had the pleasure of seeing her perform at The Listening Room in Nashville.
The song was written during a Zoom write with Autumn McEntire and Alex Kline in March 2021. An instant classic.
DREW PARKER – ‘LITTLE MISS SATURDAY NIGHT’
He’s fast building a powerful reputation as a songwriter in Nashville, helped enormously by the support of Luke Combs who included a number of Parker’s tracks on his ‘What You See Is What You Get’ album.
Those included the smash hits ‘1, 2 Many’ and ‘Forever After All’. He also wrote ‘Homemade’ for Jake Owen.
He’s another songwriter who wants to perform his own songs, and he’s teamed up with Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins and Andrew DeRoberts for the up-beat ‘Little Miss Saturday Night.’
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