ALEXANDRA KAY – ‘SKIP THIS PART’
Country fans in the US who attended the recent Tim McGraw tour will know that Alexandra Kay was his opening act. She’s had a year to remember, having just tied the knot with husband Indiana Touchette, and released a bunch of new songs that are helping to raise her profile.
She draws inspiration from country and pop artists, and the new release ‘Skip This Part’ contains what she describes as “the most Taylor Swift-inspired bridge” she has ever written.
ZACH BRYAN – ‘BURN BURN BURN’
He’s definitely the hot ticket in country music these days. His 34-song album ‘American Heartbreak’ is continuing to dominate the charts, and he followed that with an EP ‘Summertime Blues’ last month.
He’s now released another new track, ‘Burn Burn Burn,’ which follows the same laid-back acoustic style that has found favour with country fans worldwide.
His capacity to continue delivering quality music in such quantity is pretty amazing.
BO ARMSTRONG – ‘WHICH WAY’S HOME’
A new cut from Bo Armstrong is almost certain to make our weekly list. His output is consistently excellent, and ‘Which Ways Home’ continues the trend.
He’s due to release a new album ‘If Your Tired Heart Is Aching’ on November 18th, and we have we been treated to two previews to date.
He describes ‘Which Ways Home’ as autobiographical, and the writing process with Colton Venner as cathartic.
“We had tackled the last twenty years of my life, put them in a four-minute song, and I had the concluding track for my album. Then I went and picked up my son from school. What a day…”
BRANDON RATCLIFF – ‘TALE OF TWO TOWNS’
A new one from Cotton Valley, Louisiana native Brandon Ratcliff, and a change of style with a banjo-driven track that deals with the change of lifestyle caused by the move from a small town to Nashville.
Pre-pandemic, his career seemed to be on the cusp of a breakthrough with opening slots for Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, but the lock down saw him returning home for reflection and a writing surge that has now led to a reboot of his career.
Hopefully this is just a glimpse of what we can expect on his next album.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – ‘THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS’
Another of our favourites who has been touched by the effects of the pandemic is Courtney Marie Andrews, who is preparing to release her latest album ‘Loose Future’ and has shared the third preview from it .
‘These Are The Good Old Days’ is a saying that her uncle would say to reflect the beauty of today. “I tend to always live in a constant state of hindsight being 20/20, and I wanted to write this as a sort of mantra to honor my family’s sentiment. I also genuinely wanted to write a feel-good song after such a dark few years. Even in the saddest of times, there are little moments you’ll always look back on with a fondness that don’t seem so sad after all — they seem perfectly placed.”
JULIE ROBERTS FT. JAMEY JOHNSON – ‘MUSIC CITY’S KILLING ME’
The country music traditionalists will be heartened to hear that Jamey Johnson has again returned to the studio, this time with singer-songwriter Julie Roberts.
His output over the recent years has been sparse, apart from tracks with Brantley Gilbert, Alison Krauss and the very recent contribution with Zac Brown on ‘Stubborn Pride’.
The theme of the song is a familiar one . The weight of Music City is so heavy that the incentive is to give up and leave. It’s a track that is featured on Julie’s sixth studio album, coming 28th October.
RANDY HOUSER – ‘RUB A LITTLE DIRT ON IT’
Randy Houser is about to release his sixth studio album. His project ‘Note To Self’ arrives on 11th November, and we have another preview from it.
It states that whilst times are tough, they are generally temporary, and ‘Rub A Little Dirt On It’ is a saying used to alleviate minor issues.
The album’s title track was released as a single earlier this year, and was his first release since 2019.
DUSTIN LYNCH – ‘WOOD ON THE FIRE’
A reminder that the nights are drawing in and the summer is becoming a distant memory. Dustin Lynch is already urging us to put ‘Wood On The Fire’.
It’s a mellow diversion from the man who predominantly trades in party songs. His current single ‘Party Mode’ is building nicely and is just outside the Top 10 Hot Country Singles.
He’s touring with Kane Brown later this year and will also appear with Luke Bryan at 2023’s ‘Crash My Playa’ event in Mexico.
MATT JORDAN – ‘THE GAMBLE’
A track that premiered on Taste Of Country last week, and the title of his new album, coming 28th October.
Written with Justin Dukes and Jarrett Hartness, he said that the track is the most country song on the album.
“I have an incredible circle of co-writers that bring ideas in and that’s helped my creative immensely in the last year or so.”
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