KENNY CHESNEY & OLD DOMINION – ‘BEER WITH MY FRIENDS’
For those of us who were at The Long Road last weekend and watched Shy Carter’s set on the main stage, ‘Beer With My Friends’ will be very familiar. He released his version in 2019 with David Lee Murphy and Cole Swindell.
It was always an absolute party classic and a future country anthem, but the song will be elevated to a whole different level with Kenny and OD on board.
Carter wrote the song with David Lee Murphy and Bryan Simpson. It’s Kenny Chesney’s first collaboration with Old Dominion, who have been regulars on his live tours over the last few years.
FLATLAND CAVALRY – ‘MOUNTAIN SONG’
This was written by lead singer Cleto Cordero and Stephen Constancio in 2017 whilst they were out on the road in New Mexico and were inspired by their natural environment.
It was on the back-burner until the band decided to resurrect it and record it in Bruce Robinson’s studio The Bunker in Lockhart, Texas.
The band are currently embarking on an extensive tour in the US with 31 dates, culminating in a show in Arkansas mid-December.
MICKEY GUYTON – ‘SOMETHIN’ BOUT YOU’
Mickey wrote this song with Tyler Hubbard and David Garcia, and she said the song was a result of some time that she spent this summer focusing on creative efforts. She also said that her new song was an up-beat celebration of everything she loves about falling in love.
It’s the first of three new songs that she intends to release before the end of the year, and she appeared on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ last week to promote it.
HARDY FT. LAINEY WILSON – ‘WAIT IN THE TRUCK’
A song that has impressed the mainstream country fans and traditionalists alike, and a song that inspires contemplation from its listeners.
Hardy composed the song with Hunter Phelps, Renee Blair and Jordan Schmidt, and it tells the story of domestic abuse and murder, as only country music can.
Many media outlets are describing this song as a potential career-changing song for the two artists, and Hardy himself described ‘wait in the truck’ as one of his favourite songs he’s ever written. The video is surely a contender for video of the year.
CHEAT CODES & RUSSELL DICKERSON – ‘I REMEMBER’
Russell’s touring the UK in October and will be building on the positive vibes following his performance at this year’s C2C. His live shows have always featured more than their fair share of party bangers, and ‘I Remember’ will certainly fit right in.
Cheat Codes is a US EDM DJ trio consisting of Kevin Ford, Trevor Dahl and Matthew Russell, who had a hit with Demi Lovato, ‘No Promises,’ in 2017.
NOAH HICKS – ‘MAKING UP MY MIND’
Another Hunter Phelps composition, this time with Will Bundy, Jeremy Stover and Hicks.
It’s a track from his forthcoming ‘Tripping Over My Boots ‘ EP that will be released by Red Creative Records on September 30th, and follows on from his recently-released ‘I Can Tell You’re Smalltown’ EP.
He’s supporting Ernest on his ‘Sucker For Small Towns ‘ Tour which kicks off in Birmingham, Alabama on 6th October.
JOSH MELOY – ‘YOU HERE TONIGHT’
It’s been a week that demonstrates the diversity of 21st century Country Music more than most, and Josh Meloy offers the gritty vocals and acoustic guitar-based variety that will always be welcome.
He’s from Oklahoma and is at the beginning of his career, but is beginning to attract building support.
The song deals with the struggle to overcome the loss of a former partner.
KIP MOORE – ‘IF I WAS YOUR LOVER’
It’s unusual for us to focus on the music video more that the song itself, but the inclusion of Morgan Wade, who appears as his love interest, has generated media attention.
Kip stated that “a close friend and incredible musician Matt Bubel came over during the initial lockdown. We started playing music late into the night and that’s when he started playing the opening keys riff “
It was produced by The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnson.
He begins his ‘Fire On Wheels’ Tour on September 8th and the expectation is that he will tour the UK again next year.
SARAH ALLISON TURNER – ‘JOHN DENVER’
We finish this week’s picks with a song from West Virginian Sarah Allison Turner, who moved to Middle Tennessee State University because of it’s close proximity to Music Row, and she states that she was there more than she was on campus.
She’s waited tables at Nashville’s Loveless Café’ and slowly developed connections that led to her first publishing deal with Horipro in 2015. Her compositions have been recorded by Tyler Farr, Alan Jackson and Gretchen Wilson.
She’s now signed with Kobalt Music and we are loving her new song ‘John Denver,’ whose song ‘Country Roads’ inspired her throughout her career.
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