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Country Release Round-Up: Kelsea Ballerini, Erin Kinsey, Zac Brown Band & More!

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KELSEA BALLERINI  – ‘LOVE IS A COWBOY’

A major highlight of this week’s new releases, ‘Love Is A Cowboy,’ is a preview track from Kelsea’s forthcoming ‘Subject To Change’ album.

The title may be an indication of the direction that she is taking with this new music. Her career to date has been built on a foundation of quality pop-country, but the indications are that she is steering herself towards a more traditional vibe.

The track was penned with Jesse Frasure and Parker Welling, and we are loving the steel guitar and fiddle that forms the bedrock of the production. The album is due on September 23rd.

ERIN KINSEY – ‘VEGAS’

Someone who is just starting her musical journey, Erin Kinsey, has released a new single which describes the long-held tradition of getting married in a Vegas chapel.

The song was the result of a writing session with Brinley Addington and Barrett Baber.

“When we went in the writing room, I had this idea about just getting married in Vegas. I had started on the melody, which ended up being the chorus. And by the time it was done, it turned into one of the most fun writing sessions I’ve ever been a part of.”

SUNNY SWEENEY – ‘EASY AS HELLO’

Another preview from her new album ‘Married Alone,’ and another gem, penned with Lori McKenna and Heather Morgan. The album will be released on Thirty Tigers Records on September 23rd.

Sunny will be making a visit to the UK in August with appearances at Millport Festival and The Long Road, together with a date the O2 Acadamy Islington on August 30th.

CHRIS COLSTON – ‘BOY LIKE ME’

Songwriters typically draw from life experiences when creating their works of art, and nothing compares to the inspiration and the joy of having your first child.

Texas singer-songwriter Chris Colston’s new song takes us on a journey from learning about his wife’s pregnancy, revealing the news to their families and the birth of their baby Emersyn Ruth last month.

Chris released his debut album ‘Bombs Away’ in 2020.

LILY ROSE – ‘IN MY DRINKS’

She was recently nominated for ACM’s Best New Female’ and also made an appearance at CMA Fest at the Nissan Stadium, so it’s fair to say that she is ticking a few boxes in Nashville.

She’s been out on the road with Sam Hunt and will be touring shortly with Dylan Scott.

‘In My Drinks’ was written by Jamie Davis, Jordan Gray and Rob Pennington. The song tells the all too familiar tale of those who use alcohol to escape the misery of the break-up of a relationship.

ZAC BROWN BAND FT. CODY JOHNSON – ‘WILD PALOMINO’

If anything could be described as the dream collaboration, this would surely be it.

‘Wild Palomino’ was always a stand-out track from ZBB’s ‘The Comeback’ album, but the inclusion of Cody Johnson has taken it to a new level.

It will be featured on the reissue of the album, which includes the newly-released contribution from Blake Shelton on “Out In The Middle”. The deluxe album will be released on September 30th.

WADE BOWEN FT. VINCE GILL – ‘A GUITAR A SINGER AND A SONG’

Another stellar collaboration and another track previewed from Wade Bowen’s forthcoming album ‘Somewhere Between a Secret and the Truth,’ which will be released on August 12th by Thirty Tigers Records. He teamed up with Lori McKenna to write the song.

“When I brought the idea to Lori, of course she’s the kind of person that was just like, ‘oh yeah, I see what you’re talking about there.’ I’m so thankful for her friendship that helped turned this idea into the right lyrics.”

STEVE MOAKLER – ‘NUMBERED’

Of all the albums that are due to drop in the near future, one that we are particularly looking forward to is Steve Moakler’s ‘Make A Little Room’ on August 12th.

It’s his seventh studio album and it’s unfathomable why he hasn’t attained a higher profile as an artist in his own right, having had such success as a songwriter (Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” stands out).

As for the new song, Moakler recently said “it’s gonna be the last track on the album because it feels to me like the kind of song that credits could roll over at the end of a movie.”

STEVENSON EVERETT – ‘SOME HORSES’

We couldn’t compile our weekly list and overlook the latest release from Stevenson Everett. ‘Some Horses’ was written by Shane McAnally, Matt Jenkins and Trevor Rosen from Old Dominion.

It’s a song that was written some time ago but was never recorded. It might never have seen the light of day, but Stevenson heard Matt Jenkins performing it live and requested permission to record it. It’s an absolute gem.

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