THOMAS RHETT – ‘SLOW DOWN SUMMER’
It looks like 2022 will be a busy year for Thomas Rhett, who has just announced that he intends to release two albums next year. His sixth studio album ‘Where We Started’ will be with us first, although no firm release date has been announced yet.
The lead track from the new project is ‘Slow Down Summer’, featured here. It’s a sentiment that most of us can resonate with when we seeing the leaves turning brown and the days becoming shorter!
He’s also announced that he will be a headliner at this year’s ‘Rockin New Years Eve’ TV event at the XCEL Energy Centre NYC.
CHARLES WESLEY GODWIN- ‘TEMPORARY TOWN’
The top table of artists coveted by the traditionalists has welcomed another entrant. Charles Wesley Godwin’s second solo album ‘How The Mighty Fall’ has been released to rave reviews.
It’s the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Seneca’ and was written and created during the lockdown last year which prevented him from undertaking his massive spring 2020 tour.
He was due to perform at 53 arranged gigs to promote the ‘Seneca’ album but the pandemic intervened. The year at home with his wife and new-born son resulted in an earlier-than-expected follow-up album, and we have featured ‘Temporary Tow’ from the collection.
GABBY BARRETT – ‘PICK ME UP’
Gabby’s already had two #1 hits with ‘I Hope’ and ‘The Good Ones’, and she’s received praise this week from Luke Bryan who first met Gabby as a judge on series 16 of ‘American Idol’, where she finished in third place.
Her career in country music has gone from strength to strength since, and she was nominated for 4 awards at this week’s CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year.
‘Pick Me Up’ is one of four new tracks on the deluxe version of her ‘Goldmine’ album, coming November 19th.
KAMERON MARLOWE – ‘STEADY HEART’
This song is about Kameron’s parents’ 30 year relationship, and was written with Jessi Alexander and Dan Isbell.
He appeared on series 15 of ‘The Voice’ and went on to sign with Columbia Nashville.
His debut single ‘Giving You Up’ was a critical and commercial success and he has recently made his Opry debut. We are definitely going to hear more from Kameron Marlowe.
MICKEY GUYTON – ‘HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME’
Originally written and recorded in 1987 by John Hiatt, this was featured on his breakthrough ‘Bring The Family’ album and has been covered extensively, including a version by Dolly Parton.
Mickey Guyton says that she has been listening to the track since she was a child and it’s taken on a new meaning as she became an adult.
The track is featured on a Campbell Soup food and music campaign, which will also highlight other artists who share a love for music and cooking.
BLAKE SHELTON – ‘WE CAN REACH THE STARS’
This is a song that Blake wrote and performed at his recent wedding ceremony, and is dedicated to his bride Gwen Stefani. It’s also a track that will feature on his ‘Body Language Deluxe’ album.
The agreement between them was that each would write their own vows, but Blake decided to write a song instead and performed it as a surprise at the reception in July. The album has four new tracks and will be released on December 3rd.
RENEE BLAIR – ‘DOWNTURNED UP’
We’ve featured Renee Blair’s music regularly in our weekly lists. She’s been working the Nashville music circuit for over ten years and has now released her debut album ‘Seventeen’, which is a collection of songs that is the culmination of her songwriting match-ups over the last couple of years.
‘Downturned Up’ has just been released to country radio but we recommend the whole album. It’s a great mix of country/pop with a fair few R&B influences as well.
TEDDY ROBB – ‘CIGARETTES’LL KILL YA’
Teddy’s a definite rising star, having opened for Luke Combs and The Brothers Osborne. He’s also appeared on The Today Show in the US and has a huge streaming count.
His new single, written by Peter Good, Matt McGinn and Ben Stennis is the follow-up to ‘Whiskey Can’t’.
ROSS COPPERMAN FT. CAM – ‘EVERYTHING CHANGES’
Ross Copperman has recently returned to performing as a solo artist alongside a very lucrative songwriting career. His Wiki page is worth checking to see the collection of tracks that are almost a soundtrack of popular country songs over the last few years.
He’s now collaborated with Grammy-nominated performer Cam on a song that deals with a deteriorating relationship.
Those of us who had the pleasure of attending the CMA songwriters evening at C2C in 2019 will recall that they both appeared on stage together at that event, and it seems that this appearance indirectly led to them towards recording ‘Everything Changes’ together.