SCOTTY MCCREERY – ‘WHY YOU GOTTA BE LIKE THAT‘
He’s preparing to release his 5th studio album later this year, and this new song is a taster from it. It’s the second preview track, following on from ‘You Time’, and it was written with James McNair and Jordan Schmidt.
The song is a tribute to his wife Gabi, and he wrote the song the day after a date night.
He’s about to hit the road on his headlining ‘You Time’ tour and will also appear on selected dates of Old Dominion’s tour. The live country music scene in the US is back up and running!
ERIN ENDERLIN – ‘SOMEBODY’S SHOT OF WHISKEY’
Lockdown has meant an outpouring of new music from some of our favourites, but for others the output has been limited. Erin Enderlin is in the latter camp. ‘Somebody’s Shot Of Whiskey’ is her first release since the ‘Faulkner County’ album in 2019.
It’s a rootsy jam that heavily features fiddle and steel, and it’s the first release that she has produced and played guitar on.
Erin’s live schedule includes dates on the CMT Next Woman of Country tour alongside Tanya Tucker.
DUSTIN LYNCH – ‘PASADENA’ / ‘NOT EVERY COWBOY’
Dustin Lynch is another who has kept his powder dry in terms of new releases in the recent past. He’s now released two tracks, the first new music available since his fourth album ‘Tullahoma’ came out in early 2020.
He’s collaborated with producer Zach Crowell for both songs. ‘Pasadena’ in particular is fabulous – one of his finest releases to date.
HALEY MAE CAMPBELL – ‘SPARKS FLY’
A new name on our weekly list. Haley Mae Campbell was born in New York but was raised in South Carolina, and made her CMA Fest debut back in 2018.
She released her debut album in 2015 and has been opening for some pretty impressive A-listers such as Luke Combs, Dan + Shay and Brothers Osborne. She’s continuing to knock down doors, and we are loving her cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Sparks Fly’.
ANNIE BOSKO – ‘HONEYSUCKLE KISS’
This has been a fan favourite at her live shows over the last couple of years, but this is the first full release for a song that was written with Danny Myrick.
Annie’s becoming a regular on our weekly lists and has been knocking on the door in Nashville over the last couple of years, having made appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and also supporting the likes of Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Josh Turner among others.
SEAN MCCONNELL – ‘WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME’
Sean’s been releasing tasters from his upcoming new album ‘A Horrible Beautiful Dream’ over the last few months and we are loving ‘Price Of Love’, which came out in June.
He’s now treated us to another tune that will be added to our playlist. ‘What The Hell Is Wrong With Me’ is a collaboration with Fancy Hagood, who released his own debut album ‘Southern Curiosity’ in April.
McConnell has been a fixture in Nashville both as a songwriter and performer for an age, but there is an obvious buzz building for the release of the new album next month.
SAM WILLIAMS – ‘KIDS’
Sam Williams has recently been signed by Mercury Nashville, and his label debut album is ‘Glasshouse Children’, coming 20th August. ‘Kids’ is the first pre-release track and features Keith Urban on guitar.
Sam is the son of Hank Williams Jr. and the Grandson of Hank.
He’s certainly enlisted some big hitters on the project. Jaren Johnson from The Cadillac Three produced the track, and Dolly Parton adds vocals to another track on the album. One to watch out for.
BILLY STRINGS FT. FENCES PONDER – ‘GLOBE’
Bluegrass singer Billy Strings is no stranger to a collaboration. He teamed up with Luke Combs on ‘The Great Divide’ and rapper RMR on ‘Wargasm’.
He’s now collaborated with Fences for this haunting ballad The song was co-written by the pair and the video was created from the recording process, directed by Jesse Faatz.
DAN + SHAY – ‘GOOD THINGS’
This is the title track of their new album, coming 13th August. It’s been three years since their self-titled album propelled them into country music’s premier league, and they must be confident that this new project will be similarly received.
Dan has produced the twelve-track album which is set to contain “plenty of surprises”. They both describe it as their “best album yet”.