New Release Round-Up: April 2nd

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JORDAN DAVIS – ‘DETOURS’

It’s been an interesting musical journey for Jordan Davis. He was signed by Universal Nashville in 2016 and his image and persona led the traditionalists to anticipate an artist that they would embrace. However the initial releases ‘Singles You Up’ and ‘Take It From Me’, whilst very successful in terms of breaking him into the mainstream charts, veered more towards the pop side of the genre.

His album ‘Home State’ was also a commercial success, was certified gold, and his appearances supporting Old Dominion gained universal plaudits. There was obviously more to Jordan Davis than the pop-country vibes of his early singles, and it’s a great pity that we were deprived of the opportunity to savour his appearance at C2C. He recently released ‘Cool Anymore’, a duet with Julia Michaels, and now we have another killer tune, ‘Detours’, which is arguably our record of the week. 

CODY JINKS – ‘FAST LANE’

Not a new song, but never released before – certainly not this version. Back in 2015, ‘Adobe Sessions’ was released, and became Jinks’ 5th studio album. ‘Fast Lane’ didn’t make the cut and was excluded. There are precious few benefits of the current medical pandemic, but artists are delving through their back catalogues to provide something new for their fans to listen to.

Having now heard this track, it’s hardly ‘cutting room floor’ material. We guess that speaks volumes for the quality of Cody Jinks as a country artist.

CRAIG MORGAN – ‘GOING OUT LIKE THIS’

Craig Morgan has a new album out on 22nd May, ‘God, Family, Country’. He describes the songs as being based upon everything that has happened in his life and career. The album has 5 new songs and 5 remastered versions of older songs that he has recorded over his career.

‘Going Out Like This’ is the first of the new songs that has been released, and it’s been eagerly embraced by his many fans.

CAROLINE JONES – ‘ALL OF THE BOYS’

Originally released in 2019 as part of her ‘Chasin Me’ EP, this high energy pop-country track was the culmination of a writing session that Caroline had with Zac Brown.

Her association with Zac dates back to 2017 when she opened for the band on their US tour, and you may recall her collaboration with Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and Lukas Nelson, ‘Gulf Coast Girl’, which we featured last year.    

RANDY ROGERS & WADE BOWEN– ‘HOLD MY BEER’

Another release from their soon-to-be-released collaboration album. This time it’s the title track, and it’s the final track on the album ‘Hold My Beer Volume 2’, which will be with us on May 8th.

It’s a raucous foot-stomping rocker from the Texan music makers. The new record will be the first release from the duo since their live album ‘Watch This’, which was released in 2016.

BUCK TWENTY – ‘ALL I CAN DO’

Here’s one for dancing around the living room. Buck Twenty from Ontario, Canada win this week’s award for the lock down dance tune of the week.

This would sound great on the radio. Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold  are Buck Twenty, and ‘All I Can Do’ is their first single in 4 years.

 

WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN – ‘BABY DON’T GET HOOKED ON ME’

It’s looking certain that his forthcoming visit to the UK for Buckle & Boots 2020 will fall victim to the pandemic, so we have to rely on new music from one of our favourite country singers. 

This was originally recorded by Mac Davis in 1972, and William’s version stays pretty close to the original. We look forward to hearing his album of classic covers, which is currently in the works.

THE SPRINGS – ‘I’M GONNA LOVE YOU’

Holly Helms and Stewart Halcomb from Alabama first met when they were both booked to play at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They hooked up, married, formed the duo and have since opened for FGL, Eric Church and Little Big Town.

‘I’m Gonna Love You’ is a very personal ballad which captures how they approach their relationship.

THOMAS RHETT FT. REBA McENTIRE, HILLARY SCOTT, CHRIS TOMLIN AND KEITH URBAN – ‘BE A LIGHT’

New music from Thomas Rhett and a few of his famous friends.

‘Be A Light’ was written with Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem last year, but has now been released as a inspiration for the ongoing fight against coronavirus, and the emotional and economic toll enacted.

“I hope it puts a smile on your face in this crazy, crazy time”

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