HOLLOWAY ROAD – ‘BETWEEN US’
The Essex boys are back. Their first release of 2021 is a track that shows a new side to the guys, who are synonymous with up-beat country pop ‘bangers’ that light up their live shows.
The track was written by Nashville writers Ben Stennis, Jaron Boyer and Michael Tyler, who have written hit songs for Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley amongst others.
The word “moody” is rarely used for a song recorded by Jack and Rob, but that’s exactly what we have here, and it works a treat. Great to hear new music from the duo.
ADAM DOLEAC – ‘SOMEWHERE COOL WITH YOU’
Adam keeps appearing on our weekly highlights list, but we just had to include this one. He’s currently opening for Zac Brown Band in the States, so he’s clearly be attracting the attention of those in-the-know.
He’s definitely one to keep a close eye on. His 2020 release ‘Another’ is currently #1 on the SiriusXM country countdown and the fans are also craving his ‘Coulda Loved You Longer’ single, judging by the streams which exceed a million a week. This guy’s going places.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD & DAN + SHAY – ‘ONLY US’
It’s a track from the ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ movie soundtrack – a collaboration made from heaven and a great song.
The track features in the movie that will be released on 24th September, and is based on the stage show of the same name. ‘Only Us’ was produced by Dan Smyers, who also produced the duo’s latest album ‘Good Things’ released last month.
CODY JINKS – ‘ALL IT COST ME WAS EVERYTHING’
Cody’s planning to release two albums later this year. One will be a country album ‘Mercy’ and a metal album ‘None The Wiser’. He’s released preview tracks from both, and we include ‘All It Cost Me Was Everything’ from the ‘Mercy’ album in this week’s list.
He began his musical career as a member of a metal band, and the tracks for ‘None the Wiser’ were mainly penned in that era, whereas the ‘Mercy’ album tracks were created during the pandemic lockdown.
Both albums are available November 12th.
RANDALL KING – ‘BABY DO’
You wait an age for anything new from many of our favourites, whereas some have a release schedule that sees regular new offerings. Randall King falls into the latter category. He has said that he likes to release new music every few weeks, and we often highlight those releases in our weekly lists.
‘Baby Do’ is a song that he has been playing live for a while, but now receives a full release. The West Texan is launching his own festival on 6th November in Luckenbach, appropriately called ‘Randall’s King Festival’.
CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON – ‘SLOT MACHINE SYNDROME’
The title track from a new EP, produced by Brent Cobb who also penned the song.
American Idol runner-up on season sixteen, Hutchinson moved to Nashville two and a half years ago and has been establishing himself in the writers’ circle. ‘Slot Machine Syndrome’ is his debut EP and has already attracted the attention of the traditionalists.
The EP is due for release on September 17th.
RANDY TRAVIS – ‘AINT NO USE’
It’s almost a given that a new Randy Travis song should be included in our weekly list. It’s a track from ‘Storms Of Life 35th Anniversary Edition’ and has never been released in this format, despite being included as a live version on his 1982 album from The Nashville Palace.
The new compilation album will be released on 24th September and includes two other previously unheard tracks.
THE WASHBOARD UNION – ‘NEVER RUN OUT OF ROAD (ACOUSTIC)’
A really cool bluegrass-flavoured tune from one of Canadian Country’s finest, The Washboard Union.
They are currently Canadian Country’s ‘Group of the Year’ and their latest album won ‘Roots Album of the Year’. In fact, they have been winning awards at CCMA since 2015 so if they are new to your ears, you might want to delve a little into their back catalogue.
RYAN HURD – ‘JUNE JULY AUGUST’
He’s currently riding high in the country charts with Mrs Hurd, AKA Maren Morris. ‘Chasing After You’ has been a slow burner over the summer months but it is now top 10.
The question will be asked as to whether he can follow this success with a solo track, and ‘June July August’ certainly has the hooks and appeal for Country radio.
His magic touch as a songwriter can’t be questioned. He’s written #1 songs for Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Lady A and Tim McGraw, so big things are expected for his debut album ‘Pelago’, coming 15th October.