KEITH URBAN – ‘NIGHTFALLS’
We are counting down the days here in the UK for Keith Urban’s tour, which begins in Birmingham on 28th April. He’s currently performing in Las Vegas where he announced the release of a new track ‘Nightfalls,’ which embraces his signature Country/R&B vibe.
It’s a song that encourages everyone to let loose and embrace the positives of life, despite the current issues affecting us all.
After his UK appearances, he returns to his Vegas residency before beginning a huge 50-date US tour that will keep him busy until November.
LYLE LOVETT – ’12TH OF JUNE’
Lyle’s released the title track of a new album, his first for 10 years. He’s also preparing to embark on a US tour which will take in iconic venues including Red Rocks in Colorado, Greek Theatre in LA and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
The 11-track album will feature a mix of self-penned originals and interpretations of classics by Nat King Cole and Dave Frishberg. He’s also planning a number of co-headlining gigs with Chris Isaak.
COLBY ACUFF – ‘LAST BUFFALO’
Colby’s releasing an album later this year and ‘Last Buffalo’ is the second single released from the collection. He’s from North Idaho but embraced southern culture, and has been compared to Cody Johnson and Tyler Childers.
He’s already released two albums, ‘Life Of a Rolling Stone’ in 2020 and ‘If I Were A Devil’ last year, so for those who favour ‘outlaw country,’ Colby Acuff is likely to be your man.
CAITLYN QUISENBERRY – ‘THE DRILL’
Rising country artist Caitlyn Quisenberry has released a track that pulls on the heartstrings. She’s assisted by top producer Sal Oliveri, who has already been Grammy-nominated and created #1 tracks with Chris Stapleton and Pink.
She’s a Colorado native who is now based in Nashville, and released her first single ‘Blue’ in 2020. Her plan for 2022 is to release singles every three weeks, so we may be hearing much more from Caitlyn.
CAITLYN SMITH – ‘DREAMIN’S FREE’
A highlight of this year’s C2C, Caitlyn Smith has released a new album ‘High’ on Monument Records. It’s her third studio album following ‘Starfire’ in 2018 and ‘Supernova’ in 2020.
‘Dreamin’s Free’ was written with top Nashville songwriters Lori Mckenna and Shane McAnally, and it’s top notch. She’s currently out on the road in the US with ‘The High and Low Tour’ which runs until the end of May.
KARLEY SCOTT COLLINS – ‘TATTOOS’
Karley’s from Florida and in her early years she was a child actor appearing in ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time,’ before deciding that her future career was to be a Country singer.
She moved to Nashville and signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, and has now also become part of the Sony Music Nashville roster, having agreed a deal at the end of last year.
Her debut track for the label was ‘Heavenly’ earlier this year, and she now follows up with ‘Tattoos,’ a song that she wrote at the start of the pandemic with Brett James and Brock Berryhill.
CLAYTON MANN – ‘GOOD AS GOSPEL’
Another new Nashville-based artist that we are happy to highlight is Clayton Mann, who has released a track that is fast becoming a favourite of ours at YLIAS. He’s been based in Music City for three years, having played the circuit in his native Chicago.
He’s released three singles to date and is part of the up-and-coming batch of Country singers striving for stardom in the ultra-competitive pool of talent.
He supported Luke Combs in 2021 and the reviews from his live gigs are very positive. We might just be hearing more good things from Clayton Mann.
JASON ALDEAN – ‘GOD MADE AIRPLANES’
A break-up song written by Jessi Alexander, John Morgan and the Warren Brothers, it’s a twist on the norm in that the place to drown your sorrows is 30,000 feet in the air.
It’s a track featured on Jason’s double album ‘Macon, Georgia’ which has only been partially released at this point. ‘Macon’ was released last November and ‘Georgia’ will be released on April 22nd.
COLE SWINDELL – ‘STEREOTYPE’
Written with Michael Hardy and Jordan Schmidt, this is the title track to Cole’s new album, out now.
The album features previous hits ‘Single Saturday Night,’ ‘Down To The Bar’ and his #1 hit with Lainey Wilson, ‘Never Say Never.’
It’s his first album for 4 years and features 13 tracks, 7 of which have been penned by Swindell. Other songwriters credited include Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley and Dustin Lynch.
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