DILLON CARMICHAEL – ‘HOSE WATER’
We are loving the new track from Dillon Carmichael. ‘Hose Water’ was the liquid refreshment after a hard day’s recreation in native Kentucky in his formative years.
Written by Rhett Atkins, Scooter Carusoe and Paul DiGiovanni, it was produced by Jon Pardi and Ryan Gore, which showcases the company that Carmichael keeps these days.
His well-received EP was released in May, and a full album is next on the agenda.
CHARLEY CROCKETT – ‘ROUND THIS WORLD’
He’s releasing his 10th album in 6 years and his second this year on 17th September. ‘Music City USA’ is the title and ‘Round This World’ is the second track that has been previewed from it.
It’s a banjo-driven tale about the extensive travels that Crockett has made all around the world as a touring musician. He was given an old banjo after his guitar was broken in Greenwich Village, and he began to learn how to play it in the months that followed.
He writes a lot of his songs on the banjo that are eventually recorded with a guitar.
JAKE OWEN – ‘BEST THINGS SINCE BACKROADS’
Jake’s new single is the follow-up to his #1 single ‘Made For You’ and looks set to maintain his chart momentum. It’s the most-added song to this week’s country radio playlists in the States, so it seems that another top 10 single is on the way.
The song, written by Ben Johnson, Jordan Minton, Hunter Phelps and Geoff Warburton, is made for the open top wind-in-your-hair vibes that we get to experience very infrequently here in the UK!
CARTER WINTER FT. ALLIE COLLEEN – ‘LOVE LIKE I DRINK’
It’s good to see that there is an abundance of country traditionalists emerging on the Nashville scene, and Ohio native Carter Winter certainly fits into this category. His new single ‘Love Like I Drink’, which features Allie Colleen, has a lovely retro feel with the pedal steel and stellar vocals.
Winter has released 2 EPs and an album ‘Temptation’ in 2018. He’s preparing a follow-up album.
LUKE BRYAN – ‘SONGS YOU NEVER HEARD’
Luke’s been busy recently. He’s dropped a new track to coincide with the release of his docu-series, ‘Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary’. It’s a song that has significant meaning as it’s a tribute to his late brother Chris, who was killed in a road accident in 1996 aged 26.
He penned the song with Josh Osborne and Luke Laird, and it looks back at the times when he would listen to new country music tunes with Chris on the radio. The docu-series is available to view on IMDB TV.
WHITNEY DUNCAN – ‘ME, MYSELF AND THE HIGHWAY’
Whitney’s a Tennessee native who signed a record contract when she was at High School. She wrote and recorded ‘My World is Over’ with Kenny Rogers and appeared on ‘Nashville Star’, ‘Survivor – South Pacific’ and ‘The Amazing Race’. She has released 3 studio albums and 3 EPs.
Her new single ‘Me, Myself and the Highway’ is a great road trip tune written with Jonathan Singleton and Reid Isbell.
LEAH MARIE MASON – ‘I WISH’
We featured Leah’s last single ‘Far Boy’ which featured Austin Burke last month, and we now turn our attention to her latest release ‘I Wish’.
It’s a stripped-back production featuring acoustic guitar and fiddle, and draws parallels with early Taylor Swift material. Never a bad thing!
COLTON VENNER – ‘SUNDANCE SQUARE’
The power of the internet and social media plays a crucial role in the promotion and development of new artists, many of whom we highlight on our weekly round-ups.
However, some prefer their music to take the acclaim rather than the profile, and Colton Venner definitely appears in the second category. He’s from Dallas, Texas and writes and performs quality music. ‘Sundance Square’ is well worth a listen.
CARLY PEARCE – ‘DEAR MISS LORETTA’
Carly released ’29’ back in February as a 7-track EP, but it will now be expanded into a full album titled ’29: Written in Stone’, released on 17th September.
‘Dear Miss Loretta’ featuring Patty Loveless is a traditional country song with a healthy mix of fiddle and steel and reinforces the strongly held belief that Carly is the prime mainstream artist for traditional country right now.
Her roots were in Bluegrass and she seems determined to revisit the genre that helped her become the artist that she became.