Despite the current predicament and the inability of our favourite music creators to weave their magic in a recording studio, it seems that there is still enough ‘in the can’ to satisfy demand!
ERIC ETHRIDGE – ‘ BREAK YOUR HEART’
1 of 5 tracks on Eric’s new EP ‘Forever With You’.
Another huge talent from the Canada. He has relocated to Nashville and has been working on a batch of new songs that he is releasing in 2 parts. This 5-song EP is the first batch. He was due to go out on tour with fellow singer and partner Kalsey Kulyk, until the covid pandemic struck.
They will be doing a ‘Live In Your Living Room’ show for us at Destination Country on May 14th.
RECKLESS KELLY – ‘LONESOME ON MY OWN’
Based in Austin, Texas, Reckless Kelly have a new album released on 22nd May, ‘American Girls’, and this is the first single from it. Willy Braun, the founder of the band, collaborated with Jeff Crosby last year on tour and they came up with this steel guitar-flavoured gem.
The band have been performing together for the best part of 25 years, and this year seems to be extremely productive with 2 new albums promised.
MAE ESTES – ‘RECYCLED’
We have kept a close eye on the career development of Mae Estes since we saw her performing at ‘The Listening Room’ in Nashville in 2018. She is the epitome of kind of singer-songwriters who start small and end big, although the latter chapters haven’t been written yet.
Small town girl with a dream leaves home and moves to Nashville. Works as a waitress before meeting fellow songwriters with similar dreams. It’s an evolving story.
She penned this one with Autumn McEntire, Hannah Baylock and Josh Matheny.
LAINEY WILSON – ‘ROLLING STONE’
Another young lady who moved to Nashville chasing a dream. ‘Rolling Stone’ was written with Jay Joyce and is the follow up to last months ‘What Would Dolly Do’
It’s already been a productive 2020 for Lainey having made her Grand Old Opry debut and various accolades in the country music press.
LEVI HUMMON – ‘FAST CAR’
We don’t normally feature covers, but decided to make an exception here. Levi Hummon has been recording songs that he grew up on, and Tracey Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ has always been one of the greats.
Levi puts an acoustic country slant on it that works just fine. He’s also just released ‘The Story’, which was originally recorded by Brandi Carlile.
RYAN HURD – ‘EVERY OTHER MEMORY’
Another quality release from Ryan Hurd, who is on the brink of a serious breakthrough. He almost hit the top 30 in 2018 with ‘To a T’.
New single and new baby, so it’s been a busy time for Ryan who was due to go out on tour this summer with Mrs Hurd, Maren Morris. We guess there are a few reasons why that won’t be going ahead.
TAYLOR ACORN – ‘PAPER AIRPLANES’
It’s been a good week for the ladies. Taylor Acorn has been featured by Bobby Bones, and was part of the ‘Women Of iHeart Country’ streams together with Carly Pearce and Shania Twain. This is the follow-up to ‘Red White’, and is the title of her forthcoming debut album.
WILL HOGE – ‘THE CURSE’
Another of our favourites at YLIAS. Will Hoge has improvised his touring schedule and has embarked upon his ‘My House To Your House Tour’, with dates through to June.
‘The Curse’ is the first release from Will’s forthcoming album ‘Tiny Little Movies’.
WALKER HAYES – ‘TRASH MY HEART’
This week, ‘You Broke Up With Me’ was certified double platinum. That’s some achievement for a breakthrough artist.
His follow-ups haven’t quite lived up to the levels that he set in 2017, and maybe country music has moved on a little since then. However, you can’t ever doubt the instant catchiness of his rhymes and rhythms, and ‘Trash My Heart’ is a typical Walker Hayes product.
He’s a very likeable guy, went down a storm at C2C a couple of years ago, and this one may just get him back into the charts.