New Release Round-Up: April 16th

Here we are with our latest update. It’s been a good week for UK artists and we have separate features on the latest releases from Ward Thomas,  Morganway and Saltbush Six (featuring UK artist Darcy) on the site. Here are some other great new tracks that you need to know about…

THE SOUTHERN COMPANION – ‘CIGARETTE ROW (FIVE O’CLOCK  FREEDOM)’

This new track from The Southern Companion is featured in the movie ‘Wild Rose’, which opened in UK cinemas on Friday.

Darren and the boys will be appearing at Black Deer and Buckle & Boots this year. We cannot wait to hear this one live.

HOLLOWAY ROAD – ‘LIGHTNING’

Jack and Rob have wound down the tempo for their latest single ‘Lightning’. They are out on tour shortly and we are delighted to welcome the guys to the Kitchen Garden Café here in Birmingham for their first appearance at ‘Nashville Sounds in the Round’ on May 22nd.

SEAFORTH – ‘LOVE THAT’ EP

Seaforth are Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson from Sydney, who have now made their home in Nashville. The Sydney suburb where they grew up was called Seaforth, hence the name.

Long story, but they attracted interest from Sony Nashville and they have been added to the label’s roster.

It’s impossible not to compare these guys to Dan and Shay. That has to be a huge compliment. This is their first EP release, although it contains two tracks that were released earlier. We are genuinely excited to feature Seaforth for the very first time on YLIAS. We are sure that it won’t be the last time. Seriously guys, check this one out. They are going to be big.

SMOOTH HOUND SMITH – ‘LIFE ISN’T FAIR’ / ‘SECOND HAND NEWS’

Another band building a huge reputation in the Americana circles is East Nashville duet Smooth Hound Smith, comprising of “one man band” Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle, who tour extensively in the US. You may remember them opening for Frankie Ballard on his UK run back in 2016.

‘Life Isn’t Fair’ is an original. ‘Second Hand News’ is a cover of the classic Fleetwood Mac track from back in the day.

MUSCADINE BLOODLINE – ‘GIRL FROM MISSISSIPPI’

Country music from Alabama. Gary Stanton and Charlie Muncaster have collectively been performing as Muscadine Bloodline since 2016. They have been opening for Kip Moore in the States which is good enough for us.

If ‘Girl from Mississippi’ is anything to go by, these guys have a huge future ahead of them.

MARTY HEDDIN – ‘A LITTLE LESS LONELY’

We always say that you can tell a good song by the first few seconds of the intro. Check this one out. Traditional country music in the style of William Michael Morgan or Midland – Marty Heddin has absolutely nailed this one.

Texas country music at its best.

JESSIE JAMES DECKER – ‘ROOTS AND WINGS’

Jessie has celebrated her 30th birthday by releasing ‘Roots and Wings’ and starting a US tour, her first in two years. She has her own fashion line, acts, writes books and is married to Eric Decker, a wide receiver in the NFL. The only thing missing from her CV is a top 30 US country single, and this might be just the track to tick that box.

It’s an instantly likeable ballad that should garner radio support.

BRANTLEY GILBERT – ‘NOT LIKE US

It’s been a while since Brantley Gilbert last had a top 10 US country single. 2016’s ‘The Weekend’ to be precise.

Following the release of ‘What Happens In A Small Town’ with Lindsay Ell, Brantley has now released a typical up-beat guitar pounder ‘Not Like Us’ which will delight all you country rockers out there.

KEITH URBAN – ‘BURDEN’

If you had the pleasure of watching last week’s ACM Awards show from Las Vegas, you will have seen Keith Urban performing this track supported by Charlie Worsham on lead guitar. Unfortunately the lighting didn’t highlight Charlie’s appearance and he would have gone largely unrecognised by the masses, but it’s good to see him attracting the A-listers even from a supporting role.

The song was penned by Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance, and Keith’s cover has now been released.

THE CADILLAC THREE – ‘CRACKIN’ COLD ONES WITH THE BOYS’

Brand new music from The Cadillac Three is usually exciting news and we knew that this was going to be awesome. It has a seventies ‘Glitter Band’ sounding drum pattern which is pretty cool for us old rockers. It will sound amazing live.

They are just about to hit the road supporting Luke Combs in the States. Now that would be a nice way to spend an evening!   

Graham Wharton