TWINNIE – ‘WELCOME TO THE CLUB’
We start this week’s pick of the new releases with UK singer-songwriter Twinnie who has released a song that was written in Nashville with Phil Barton and Lydsay Rhymes. It’s her first release of the year and the first since her debut album ‘Hollywood Gypsy’.
She’s intending to release a collection of new songs that she has been working on during the pandemic, and these will be released during the spring and summer.
DYLAN SCOTT – ‘CAN’T HAVE MINE’
Dylan released this song on TikTok and the reaction has led to it being selected as his next official single. He’s looking to be busy with the release of new material this year, with an album planned for 5th August.
The ‘mine’ referred to in song title is his high school sweetheart Blair, who is now his wife.
The album ‘Livin’ My Best Life’ will be the long-awaited follow-up to his self-titled debut album, which was released in 2016.
COLBY ACUFF – ‘ONCE IN A LIFETIME’
Colby’s a traditionalist who spent his early years listening to old country vinyl, particularly Merle Haggard and Don Williams, and ‘Once In a Lifetime’ was written after he had a dream about Waylon Jennings.
He released his debut album in 2019, ‘Life of a Rolling Stone,’ shortly after his college graduation in Idaho, but his career development and the ability to perform and tour has been drastically reduced over the last couple of years due to the pandemic.
One for the Sturgill Simpson/ Tyler Childers fans.
JAKE OWEN – ‘FISHIN’ ON A RIVER’
It’s described as a break-up song. The guy who was intending to spend his day fishing on a river, but instead spent his day at the bar nursing a broken heart.
It’s his first release of the year and is a track that will be featured on a new studio album that he is currently recording for Big Loud Records.
MAT KEARNEY – ‘TIMES LIKE THIS’
Another country artist who has been forced to take time off for the last couple of years is Mat Kearney, who returns with a track recorded with Devon Gilfillian.
He released an album ‘January Flower’ in May last year, a project that he began back in 2019, but is only now able to perform live due to the restrictions.
‘Times Like This’ isn’t on the album. It’s dedicated to the staff employed in the medical industry and in particular to the workforce at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
MICHAELA ANNE – ‘WHO YOU ARE’
Michaela’s no stranger to UK country fans. She’s toured with Sam Outlaw as well as performing her own shows. It’s been almost three years since she released her last album ‘Desert Dove,’ but she’s back with new music.
‘Who You Are’ is the first preview of a new project, but no release dates are available yet. In the meantime, she’s back out on the road for 12 dates in the US with The Milk Carton Kids.
JON PARDI – ‘LAST NIGHT LONELY’
Jon Pardi has not been prolific lately. He released his last album in 2019 and has kept a low profile, apart from spasmodic appearances as guest vocalists on other artists projects.
He was featured on HARDY’S ‘Hixtape’ collection and was also a co-vocalist on Lauren Alaina’s ‘Getting Over Him’. However, it seems that this is about to change. ‘Last Night Lonely’ is the first preview of a new album that is currently in the works.
SCOTT TYLER SCHWARTZ – ‘YOUNG AND OLD’
He’s the frontman of ‘The Shadowboxers,’ a trio who are based in Atlanta, Georgia. His first solo single ‘Guinea Pig’ was released at the end of 2021 and he’s now back with an addictive track that will build his reputation as a solo artist.
The band have been out on the road with high profile atrists including Justin Timberlake, and recorded their debut album in 2019, but it was during the lockdown that Schwartz decided to expand his career by going it alone.
JESSICA WILLIS FISHER – ‘GONE’
She released her debut solo single ‘Fire Song’ in January and she’s back with a up-beat fiddle-dominated song, ‘Gone.’
She was formally a member of her family band The Willis Clan, who found fame on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and thereafter landed their own TLC reality show, which came to an end in 2016 after the well documented revelations regarding Jessica’s father.
She’s been rebuilding her life and career, and the track will feature on her forthcoming album ‘Brand New Day.’
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