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New Release Round-Up: April 1st

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ABBY ANDERSON – ‘GOOD LORD’

Fresh from her C2C appearances (check out her interview with us), ‘Good Lord’ is Abby Anderson’s latest radio-friendly single release. Pop country with a bounce and even a hint of banjo to keep it real.

If this gets traction that it deserves, it could be her first major commercial hit.

MACKENZIE PORTER – ‘ONE MORE WHISKEY SONG’

It’s a refreshing change to start our list with strong songs from the ladies. Canadian Mackezie Porter splits her time between acting and singing. She’s now based in Nashville and seems to be mixing with the in crowd.

She’s with Big Loud Records and this is one of 5 new tracks that she’s released recently, showcasing her latest project. She’s out on the road soon with Jake Owen.

ELIJAH OCEAN – ‘BRING THAT BAKERSFIELD SOUND’

Here’s one that should satisfy the traditionalists – singer songwriter Elijah Ocean’s new tune. A homage to the days when Country and Western music was mainstream on US TV and the Bakersfield Sound was originating in Bakersfield California. It was heavy on electric instrumentation and a defined back beat, so you can pretty much guess which way this one’s going…

SAM OUTLAW – ‘LOVE IS ON A ROLL’

Talking of Californian country music artists, new music from Sam is always welcomed with open arms. This is the first song that he has recorded in Nashville following his relocation last year, and it’s a cover of Don William’s ‘Love Is On A Roll’.

Don’t forget that Sam will be appearing at The Long Road this September!

LUKE BRYAN – ‘KNOCKIN’ BOOTS’

The first of the heavy hitters this week – Luke Bryan is back with another certain chart-buster.

‘Knockin’Boots’ will have your feet tapping and your fingers clicking and it’s as infectious as it gets. It’s also lyrically questionable, but that won’t stop its charge up the charts. When has Luke Bryan ever given two hoots about all that?! 

THOMAS RHETT – ‘THAT OLD TRUCK’

The new album ‘Center Point Road’ will be released on the 31st May and is said to cross the musical boundaries. No surprise there, but the taster ‘That Old Truck’ is certainly Thomas Rhett at his country best.

It’s written by Rhett with Julian Burnetta , Kamron Kimbro and Ryan Tedder, and it’s easily his best since ‘Beer With Jesus’. Superb. Definitely an early contender for song of the year.

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – ‘MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN’ ACOUSTIC EP

A four-track EP with four songs from Courtney’s recent album. The title track ,’Took You Up’, ‘Rough Around The Edges’ and ‘Border’. All stripped back and featuring that signature voice in its raw glory.

BART CROW – ‘WEAR MY RING’ (NEW VERSION)

It’s always our mission here at YLIAS to spread the word about artists that are not yet on the radar. Texan Bart Crow has a sizeable following in his native state and has released a new version of a song that he has been performing live and released last year.

It’s country, guys. Real country. Take a listen…

RANDY ROGERS BAND – ‘CRAZY PEOPLE’

The new album ‘Hellbent’ is set to be released on April 26th. ‘Crazy People’ is the single release and this is a track that the guys have been hammering in their live shows.

Dave Cobb has been enlisted for production duties on the album, which was recorded at the iconic RCA Studio A in Nashville.

MIDLAND – ‘MR LONELY’

When the guys toured the UK last December it was obvious that they have more than a passing interest in the classic country sounds. Their shows were a throwback to the Texas dance hall days when boogie guitar mixed with a dash of pedal steel inspired thousands to dance.

It’s been almost a year and a half since their debut album was released but the guys are back with a song that they penned with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The line dancers are going to love this one…

BLAKE SHELTON – ‘GOD’S COUNTRY’

A slightly off-piste one for Blake Shelton here. Written by
Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson, ‘God’s Country’ is an anthemic foot-stomper that will go down a treat with his patriotic fan base.

Definitely one recorded with the live shows in mind, it’s a more gritty, rocky sound that will initially take you by surprise…

Graham Wharton

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