Country Singles To Keep An Eye On

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Here are some rising country singles to keep an eye on in the near future:

LANCO – ‘Greatest Love Story’

Arista Nashville signings LANCO have released their follow up to last year’s ‘Long Live Tonight’ which almost broke into the top 30 on the US Country Airplay charts. ‘Greatest Love Story’ is gaining momentum and may provide this 5-piece band with their first top 20 hit song.

It’s an instantly likeable pop country song with the hooks that will have you singing along. The band was formed in 2013 and the name derives from a shortened version of lead singer Brandon Lancaster’s name ‘Lancaster and Company’

They released their debut EP in 2016 produced by Jay Joyce who has pedigree with Eric Church (Mr Misunderstood) and they are developing a healthy reputation as an energetic and kick ass live band.

‘Greatest Love Story’ is likely to be the lead release from the band’s debut studio album and they have been touring with the Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley. Definitely a band to put on your watch list.

Cody Johnson – ‘Wild As You’

Texan country music veteran (at 29) Cody Johnson is back with ‘Wild As You’ which was originally included on last year’s ‘Gotta Be Me’ album. It’s the follow-up to ‘With You I Am’ from the same album that peaked just outside the top 40 country airplay charts. A significant milestone for an artist that appears to be poised to capture the attention of country fans outside his regional base.

The album debuted at No 2 in the Country Album charts and has been the most successful of his 6 studio albums to date. ‘Wild As You’ is yet to receive widespread radio play and Johnson has no major label backing, but this may be the cross-over track that he needs to bring his music to the attention of the masses.

Carly Pearce – ‘Every Little Thing’

She may be a new name but this is a single that seems to be getting huge attention and rave reviews. She recently performed the song at the Grand Ole Opry but that’s not too unusual for Carly. She has actually appeared on the hallowed stage over 30 times! She has recently signed to Big Machine so expect a huge push on this song.

The promotion has already begun with an extensive US radio tour and the single will be followed shortly by her debut studio album. I predict that Carly Pearce will be featuring on most people’s ‘Breakout New Artist’ lists at the end of this year. This is our first mention of Carly Pearce on Your Life In A Song. It won’t be the last. Definitely one to watch.

Michael Tyler – ‘They Can’t See’

Another name that might just be a little more familiar shortly is Michael Tyler. You might know him as the co-writer of Dierks’ ‘Somewhere On A Beach’ and he toured with Canaan Smith last year on the Sundown Ready Tour.

This is the first release from Tyler’s debut album ‘317’ that came out last month and will be shortly reviewed on YLIAS. It’s a infectious mid-tempo finger clicker that just might set the ball rolling for this 23-year-old Nashville based singer songwriter. It was co-written with the guys from LoCash and seems to tick all of the boxes for US country radio.

Trace Adkins – ‘Watered Down’

It would be fair to say that the last few years have been trying for Trace Adkins. His battles with the demon drink and his relationship issues have been well documented but happily he seems to have found his way again, and has released a brand-new studio album ‘Something’s Going On’ in the last few weeks.

The lead single from that album, ‘Watered Down’ is its standout track. It’s a song about a hell raiser who realises that he couldn’t keep up the pace and decides to slow down. I guess it is a song that was written with someone like Trace Adkins in mind!

You probably won’t be too surprised to hear that Shane McAnally wrote the song with Trevor Rosen and Matt Jenkins, and it has the master songwriter’s trait of being a mighty fine tune. It’s also sang by a mighty fine singer. Adkins may have sailed far too close to the wind over the last few years but his rich baritone voice was made for this song.

Big And Rich – ‘California’

This is an interesting one. You might know this song already. Tim McGraw originally recorded it with Big and Rich and it appeared on McGraw’s ‘Damn Country Music’ album. This new version without McGraw is the lead track from the guys’ new album ‘Did It For The Party’ that is due to drop in the third quarter of 2017.

It’s a single that seems to be gaining significant airplay and at the end of March was country radio’s most added song. It should return this talented duo to the upper reaches of the US country airplay charts.

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