CHRIS BUCK BAND – ‘A LITTLE MORE TIME’
We often highlight Canadian Country artists who operate in the shadow of their contemporaries across the border. We highlight them because the standard of Canadian Country Music is such that the geographical differences are irrelevant to the end product.
Chris Buck Band hail from Vancouver. They have released two studio albums but nothing since 2017. They have been in the studio, and are preparing to release their third album. ‘A Little More Time’ is a preview track from the album.
MARK LEACH – ‘THE OTHER GUY’
Originally from Ohio, but now relocated in Nashville, Mark Leach is another immense talent pushing for a breakout hit.
‘The Other Guy’ is his latest release, and is a follow up to a deeply personal song ‘Another Shot’ that we also recommend that you check out.
RANDY ROGERS & WADE BOWEN – ‘RHINESTONED’
We have featured previous releases from their new collaboration album before, but this is the best of the snippets that we have heard so far. ‘Rhinestoned’ is as country as it possibly gets. Great songwriting and vocals that are faultless.
Certainly one for the line dancers, and this would sound great on the radio.
JANA KRAMER – ‘UNTOUCHABLE’
The release has been brought forward to coincide with the covid lock down. Jana was moved to expedite the release as she is strongly affected by what everyone is presently having to endure. It’s a song that she wrote 10 years ago when she was single, but the subject matter didn’t fit with the themes of her two previous albums.
She is now happy to share an uplifting message in these uncharted times.
RUSTON KELLY – ‘BRAVE’
He’s obviously well know due to being Mr Kacey Musgraves, but we all know that Ruston Kelly is very capable of being a country music star in his own right. ‘Brave’ is the first new music that Kelly has put out since the terrific ‘Dying Star’ in 2018, and it’s a purely acoustic number that seems appropriate for the present time.
The subject matter is deep and personal, and deals with his addictions and the solace that he gained from loved ones at his darkest times.
MORGAN WALLEN – ‘MORE THAN MY HOMETOWN’
Morgan is hot property in Nashville these days, and this will extend his occupancy in the country charts. It’s from his upcoming new album, and will be a huge hit. No doubt. He penned it with Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith and Ryan Vojtesak.
Had we not been in the grip of this infernal virus, we would have been looking forward to his debut UK tour, which has now had to be cancelled.
WALKER MONTGOMERY – ‘SAVING FOR A RAINY NIGHT’
One of the unique aspects of this extended lockdown is the lack of contact between boyfriends/girlfriends, and here’s a song that focuses on that. Walker’s another budding star on the fringes of Nashville’s hierarchy, having relocated from Kentucky.
Walker is the nephew of Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, and the son of country singer John Michael Montgomery.
BRETT ELDREDGE – ‘GABRIELLE’
The first single from Brett’s ‘Sunday Drive’ album. It’s a real grower, featuring an upright piano forming the bulk of the instrumental backing.
Written with Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, it’s a very promising introduction to his 5th album.
TRISTON MAREZ – ‘FORGET ABOUT YOU’
Pedal steel and fiddles seem to be heavily featured on this week’s list, and Houston, Texas native Triston Marez is a worthy entrant.
An ex-ranch hand and bull rider, he is a regular on the Texan country music live circuit, and cites his influences as Aaron Watson and Cody Johnson, so it’s going to be very traditional country.
KIP MOORE – ‘SOUTHPAW’
Another release from Kip’s highly-anticipated new album, ‘Wild World’, and probably the most straight-talking, Kip-esque track we’ve heard so far. Soaring electric guitars throughout and those signature killer vocals; it’s another sign of the quality to expect from the new project.
Is there a more consistent artist out there right now?