SARA EVANS – ‘I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY’
Sara Evans has previously released an album titled ‘Three Cords and the Truth’, so it’s hardly surprising that Sara Evans latest release has a traditional feel. Her new album ‘Copy That’ is released on the 15th May.
This is a cover of the Hank Williams classic, featuring Old Crow Medicine Show. The new album is a covers album, and this early taster almost certainly sums up the feelings that many are feeling just now.
Sara’s been busy writing her memoirs, and ‘Born To Fly’ is expected to be released in September.
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – ‘NASHVILLE RISING’
One of the let downs of this year’s non-C2C festival was the inability to experience Old Crow live.
They were this year’s wild card in terms of cross-the-board country fans, and we reckon they would have smashed it. Sadly this has had to be delayed and we hope that they can be re-booked for 2021. ‘Nashville Rising’ is their latest release, and the proceeds from the song will be going to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Emergency Response Fund.
The song was written in response to the recent devastation caused by the Tennessee tornado. The song also features Molly Tuttle, Shelly Colvin and Skylar Wilson, and was recorded in a live setting in East Nashville.
CHRISSY METZ – ‘TALKING TO GOD’
We love ‘This Is Us’ at YLIAS. American drama at its best, it features stellar acting performances from the whole cast. Chrissy Metz’s character Kate Pearson sings part-time, and Chrissy has always displayed her long-standing love for country music.
She has now signed a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville, and her debut album will be forthcoming. Her first release, ‘Talking to God’ features Ashley McBryde as one of a number of co-writers, and is another song that fits the mood at the moment.
JOSH KELLEY – ‘LOVE HER BOY (STRIPPED)’
The original was released on 21st February, but Josh Kelley has now stripped the song back.
The opportunity to highlight the talent of Josh Kelley can’t be overlooked. His album ‘New Lane Road’ remains one of our favourite country albums ever, and his recent live streaming sessions have reinforced the fact that this guy is one of the most underrated singer-songwriters out there.
He might not be the most famous ‘Kelley’ in Nashville, but don’t let that fool you!
JIMMY BUFFETT – ‘DOWN AT THE LAH DE DAH’
A quick check on Jimmy’s Facebook and website confirms that his self isolation will be somewhat more desirable than many! A glass of margarita and a retreat in Key West seems a little more appealing than lockdown in the West Midlands.
‘I need a six month vacation twice a year’ is Jimmy’s motto, and who can blame him? He has however been working on a new album and we have the first taster from it. It’s a variation on the Margaritaville theme that has served him so well over the years, and certainly inspires us to believe that we can soon experience a little of the good life ourselves as soon as this cloud lifts.
THE ROADS BELOW – ‘SHOULD’VE BEEN ME’
Nashville-based The Roads Below are Phil Evans, Max Martilik and Drew Cottrell.
‘Should’ve Been Me’ is the follow up to ‘Good When It’s Gone’, which we featured in October, and maintains the high quality that these guys, originally from Arkansas, are producing.
ALEXANDRA KAY – ‘DIVE BAR DREAMER’
Former American Idol contestant Alexandra Kay has been building up quite a following on social media after she began posting YouTube videos of herself singing country covers. She has 11.5 million views on her ‘Jolene’ cover, and has over 200,000 Facebook followers.
She’s now preparing to release her debut album, which contains a mix of covers and original songs, and we have a taster here. She appears to be following the career path that Kane Brown initiated.
One to watch out for, we reckon.
JEFFREY EAST – ‘NOTHING NEW’
Singer-songwriter Jeffrey East’s haunting ballad ‘Nothing New’ is the latest from the Nashville-based Texan.
He recently signed a publishing deal with Harley Allen Music, and his song ‘Roller Rink’ was featured on Rascal Flatts’ last album.
He’s another on that fast growing list of emerging Nashville talent, and his back catalogue merits your attention.
TOBY KEITH – ‘WHAT’S UP CUZ’
We have highlighted songs this week that focus somewhat on the crisis that swamps us. Toby Keith takes an entirely different stance, and releases a up-beat, bouncy party song. It comes in at less than 2 minutes, but it’s a welcome addition to Toby’s growing collection of drinking songs.
He’s the producer and co-writer with long time buddy Bobby Pinson, and the song has been released on Toby’s own Show Dog Nashville label.