Country Release Round-Up: Runaway June, Chris Janson, Kane Brown & More!

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CHRIS JANSON – ‘BYE MOM’

There has been a deluge of new releases in recent weeks, and the task of highlighting our favourites has seldom been harder. However, it would be impossible to overlook the new release from Chris Janson. ‘Bye Mom’ has the attributes to be a country music standard.

It was written with Brandon Kinny, who had had recently lost his mother, and this song is for mothers everywhere, epitomising just why we all love country music.

AARON GOODVIN – ‘ABOUT MEXICO’

We said that the quality was super high this week, and Aaron Goodvin’s new release easily makes our list.

Aaron’s from Alberta, Canada and has become a regular in the Billboard Canadian Country charts, including a #1 in 2018 with ‘You Are’.

He’s been performing ‘About Mexico’ live for some time in his live shows, and his fan club members were showing so much love for the song that he decided to cut a studio version.

CHRISTINA TAYLOR – ‘DESTINATION’

The summer in the UK has barely appeared and we are already closing the curtains earlier and working out our Autumn schedules. Christina Taylor has alternative plans, and ‘Destination’ is definitely one for the late summer jams!

She’s been on our radar since we included her in2018’s list of new artists to watch, and it’s surely a matter of time before this North Carolina native breaks into the country charts.

JESSIE JAMES DECKER – ‘SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER’

Ok, it may have been focusing on fashion and Jessie James Decker’s clothing line ‘Kittenish’, but it’s rare to see an article in The Daily Mail about a country artist.

However, her performance of ‘Should Have Known Better’ attracted the national press when she showcased her new single at her flagship clothing store in music city.

This is a fabulous new track that has every chance of propelling Jessie James Decker onto the radio charts.

JOJO MASON – ‘BROKEN UMBRELLA’

We absolutely loved JoJo’s single ‘Better on You’ in 2019 which we included on our yearly ‘best of’ list.

He’s back with another up-beat, feel-good tune that he hopes “puts a big smile on your face and a little bounce in your step”.

He’s based in Vancouver and has been laying low during the pandemic. ‘Broken Umbrella’ is his first release of the year and will feature on a EP, due on 22nd October.

KANE BROWN – ‘ONE MISSISSIPPI’

Kane Brown looks set to be heading back onto the country charts with ‘One Mississippi’, written with Jesse Frasure, Levon Gray and Ernest K Smith, and produced by Dann Huff.

Levon Gray is a new songwriter who tagged Brown in a post with a sample of his music. He decided that Gray would be someone that deserved a chance, and signed him to his new publishing company.

‘One Mississippi’ was the song that was written at a songwriting session that Gray was invited to partake in. “It was his audition” is how Brown describes it. He passed with flying colours!

LOGAN MIZE – ‘IT’S ABOUT TIME’

Back in the distant days when US country artists could make the trek across to appear in the UK, Logan Mize was doing UK tours and making appearances at C2C, Nashville Meets London and The Long Road.

Fast forward to summer 2021, and he’s about to release a new album Wecome To Prairieville on 1st October.

‘It’s About Time’ is the sedond preview from the new project, written solely by Mize.

JAIME WYATT – ‘NEED SHELTER’

It’s been a while since we heard new music from Jaime Wyatt. She released her last album ‘Neon Cross’ in May 2020 but she makes an appearance on a new project celebrating the life and career of late songwriter and performer Neal Casal, who died in August 2019.

‘Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal’ is a 41-track collection that includes contributions from artists across the musical spectrum.

‘Need Shelter’ was featured on Casal’s 2012 album ‘Sweeten the Distance’. The album isn’t available until November 12th, so expect more previews between now and then.

RUNAWAY JUNE – ‘BACKSTORY’ EP

Runaway June are currently touring with Luke Bryan, and the ‘backstory’ EP is a prelude to a full album that is in the works, featuring new band member Natalie Stovall.

The girls narrowed 60 songs to the three that appear on the new project, and they all share a common theme whilst showcasing the different facets of the trio’s output.

We have featured ‘Down The Middle’, the highlight of the EP.

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