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Country Release Round-Up: Miranda Lambert, Everette, Caitlyn Smith & More

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MIRANDA LAMBERT  – ‘STRANGE’

C2C headliner Miranda Lambert has shared a track from her forthcoming Palomino album, written with Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, who was part of this year’s CMA Songwriters Series.

He is credited as a songwriter on no less than 9 tracks out of the 15 that will feature on the album, which is scheduled for release on April 29th.

EVERETTE  – ‘GONNA BE A PROBLEM’

C2C is the perfect showcase for US artists wishing to improve their profile in the UK, and this year’s crop of talented performers included Everette, who received a great reception at the Town Hall Stage on the Sunday. They also received a standing ovation at the Grand Ole Opry recently when they made their debut.

Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia are supremely talented guys and their new single features Jordan Davis on backing vocals.

BRELAND FT. THOMAS RHETT – ‘PRAISE THE LORD’

The C2C crowd embraced the talents and all-round vibrancy of Breland, who packed out venues whenever and wherever he appeared. This guy is going to be a huge star, and we were fortunate to see him close up and personal before his elevation to bigger venues.

He is a relative newcomer and is releasing his first album Cross Country in the summer. He has teamed up with Thomas Rhett for a gospel-tinged stomper that he performed recently at the ACM Awards.

CAITLYN SMITH – ‘DOWNTOWN BABY’

Continuing the C2C theme this week, we have to include the new single from Caitlyn Smith who was also part of the CMA Songwriters Series.

Her album High will be released on 8th April and the new single ‘Downtown Baby’ is now available. The track was written with Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Erin Decilvio

Her performances in London won her huge acclaim and she has now returned home to begin a US headlining tour, beginning in Minneapolis on 1st April.

ELI YOUNG BAND – ‘BREAK UP IN A BAR’

Eli Young Band regularly appear in our weekly lists. Their output is regularly top draw and ‘Break Up In A Bar’ continues the trend.

The track will feature on the forthcoming Love Talking album, coming 3rd June. It’s also a song unusually not written by the band. Writing credits go to Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and Hunter Phelps.

JIMMIE ALLEN – ‘DOWN HOME’

It’s the lead single from Jimmie’s forthcoming third album, co-written with Cameron Bedell, Rian Ball and Tate Howell. It’s a tribute to his late father who passed away in 2019 and deals with the loss and grief caused by the passing of a close family member.

The annual debate about the make up of next year’s line up for C2C 2023 has to include Jimmy Allen, who is a good call for a main stage slot.

THE RECKLAWS FT. JAKE OWEN – ’11 BEERS’

Canadian due The Recklaws have enlisted an A-Team for their new single ’11 Beers’.  The songwriting line up is Ashley Gorley, reigning ACM songwriter of the year Michael Hardy and Hunter Phelps, and for good measure, Jake Owen adds vocals.

The result is a catchy, up-beat foot-tapper that may just propel them into the country charts.

The Recklaws are brother and sister duet Jenna and Stuart Walker who won two awards at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2021.

SHAELA MILLER – ‘TIDAL WAVE’

Shaela Miller’s first release of 2022 and the first since the release of her sophomore album Big Hair Small City. It’s a stand alone track that was omitted from the album.

“Tidal Wave was recorded during our album recording session in February 2021 at the Rebeltone Ranch with engineer Scott Franchuk. The album was going to be eleven tracks, but I cut Tidal Wave in the end because I felt like the song stood on its own”

CHRIS BANDI – ‘CAROLINA BLUE’

This new track from Chris Bandi was written during the pandemic lockdown via a Zoom session with Matt Willis and Jason Massey.

‘Carolina Blue’ was one of the first writes that we did over zoom after the world shut down,” states Bandi. “There are very few things in life that can take you back to a certain place or time. It could be a song that brings you back to 18 hanging out with your best friends or a white Jeep that reminds you of an ex. This song is about seeing that certain shade of blue that always brings back the memory of a flame that burnt out too soon.”

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