A bumper list of new releases this week! The quality matched the quantity, and we just had to extend the list. Nashville continues to raise the bar…..
TIM MCGRAW – ‘GOD MOVES THE PEN’
Let’s begin our weekly showcase of new releases with this future classic from Tim McGraw. ‘God Moves the Pen’ is a new track that will be included on McGraw’s ‘Here on Earth Ultimate Edition’, which will also include 6 other tracks.
He is also releasing a video edition which will include all of the 24 songs from the extended album. It reached #1 when it was originally released in 2020.
ANDREW JAMES – ‘POLAROID’
Next up is a guy who classes Tim McGraw as a musical hero – Andrew James from Smithville, Missouri.
His sound is very much geared towards 90’s country, and he has been working with producer and songwriter Brian Kennedy who has found fame with Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson. ‘Polaroid’ is Andrew James’ new single and we think it’s pretty cool.
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – ‘AIN’T THE SAME’
The new album ‘You Hear Georgia’, their follow up to 2018’s ‘Find A Light’, will be released through Thirty Tigers on 28th May.
There have been taster tracks from the album and we now have the third release, ‘Ain’t the Same’, which deals with the misconceptions that a strong southern accent can create, both in terms of religious and political beliefs.
The album has 10 tracks and has been produced by fellow Georgian, Dave Cobb.
ELLIE HOLCOMB – ‘CANYON’
Nashville native Ellie Holcomb is set to release her third studio album on June 25th, and she’s released the title track together with a promotional video, shot at Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park.
The album will be released in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group and is her first since 2017’s ‘Red Sea Road’, a top 3 album on the US Christian charts.
Co-writers on the new project include Natalie Hemby and Bear Rhinehart.
LANCO – ‘FIRST BEER’
Written by frontman Brandon Lancaster, drummer Tripp Howell and The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston, ‘First Beer’ is about the memories of your first ‘drink’ and who you were with when this occurred.
They recently appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where the band performed their last single ‘Near Mrs.’
Lancaster said that ‘First Beer’ is a song that he believes will bring back universal memories and will be fun to play for the fans when they get back on the road.
DAVID JAMES – ‘DON’T MIND IF I DO’
David James is from Winnipeg and recently won the Canadian Country Male Artist of the Year.
‘Don’t Mind If I Do’, released on Universal Music Canada, is his first release of the year. It’s a sing-along up-beat party track written by Sarah Buxton, Corey Crowder and Cale Dodds, and with a healthy dose of radio exposure, we reckon this could be a hit song.
DREW BALDRIDGE – ‘BEACH AIN’T ONE’
Another potential country radio smash is the new song from Patoka, Illinois native Drew Baldridge.
‘Beach Ain’t One’ has a cool video, shot in Cancun, Mexico and tells the story of a guy who quits his day job to head for the tropical getaway with “99 problems, but a beach ain’t one”.
The song is 4 years old. Written with Ryan Peterson and Ryan Plappert, we think the world is ready for a feel good party song, and this is certainly one of those.
JAMESON RODGERS – ‘GOOD DOGS’
We loved his collaboration with Luke Combs on ‘Cold Beers Calling My Name’, and Jameson Rodgers is back with a heartfelt tribute to man’s best friend, and the limited time that you get to spend with them.
He has a new EP due for release on 23rd April and this is the first release from that project. He’s making big strides in his career since the release of his debut single ‘Some Girls’, which hit #1 on the Country Airplay Chart in 2019.
JOSH MELTON – ‘I GET THAT WITH YOU’
We discovered Josh Melton’s music in January with the release of ‘Everyone Knows Me’, and we are loving his new single ‘I Get That With You’.
He’s relocated from Findlay, Ohio to Music City and has opened for Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, so it seems that his career is certainly on the right tracks.
KRISTEN FOREMAN – ‘BENCH SEAT’
We love the diversity of Country music, and we are loving this dancehall jam from Kristen Foreman who tips her hat to 90’s Country. She states that she grew up on 90’s country, and we can certainly feel the Shania vibes on this steel and fiddle-fronted potential line dance standard.
It’s her first release for two years, and it’s been five years since her debut album ‘Feather Tattoo’. She’s from Louisiana and is determined to keep the true heart of the genre alive.
LAUREN JENKINS – ‘LIKE YOU FOUND ME’
Lauren’s intending to release a series of self-produced tracks in the forthcoming months and will then release a vinyl compilation of those songs at the end of the year. The new release from the project is ‘Like You Found Me’, written with Blake Chaffin, and she also co-produced the song.
Lauren is bouncing back after her departure from Big Machine last year. She states that the last 13 months have been a “rollercoaster filled with difficult blows, lots of heartache and some beautiful moments too”.
MIKE RYAN – ‘CAN DOWN’
Mike Ryan recorded a favourite of ours last year, ‘Dear Country Music’, and his latest song is also a worthy entry on this week’s list. Written with Brent Anderson, Smith Ahnquist and Will Weatherly, it’s a follow up to his last two Texan Country Radio #1’s ‘Ghost Town’ and the aforementioned ‘Dear Country Music’.
He’s currently working on his 5th studio album, slightly delayed by the pandemic, and he’s now beginning to schedule live performances.
RILEY GREEN – ‘WHERE CORN DON’T GROW’
Originally recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1990 and a top 10 Country hit for Travis Tritt in 1996, Riley Green has put his own stamp on this classic. He describes it as one of his favourites growing up, and embodies the traditions of Country music.
You may recall his 2019 hit ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’, which shot the Weiner, Arkansas native to fame.
SETH ENNIS – ‘I STILL DO’
Concluding our extended list is Seth Ennis, who impressed at C2C four years ago but has had some time away from the spotlight to re-discover his love for recording. You may recall ‘Woke Up In Nashville’ which almost provided him with big chart exposure.
He worked with Little Big Town in 2018 with ‘Call Your Mama’ and he’s back with another up-tempo radio-friendly foot-tapper that just might give him the push he needs.