CORY MARKS – ‘MY WHISKEY YOUR WINE’
If you were amongst the many thousands who spent part of your Sunday night this week watching Destination Country’s presentation of Canadian Cory Marks performing with his full band, you will be aware of why there is a growing buzz for his music.
His debut album ‘Who I Am’ was released on Friday. It has a hard rock edge and the guitars take country stage. He seems to have the country and rock fans on board, so he should be able to maximise the commercial angles to the full.
We have featured one of the tracks that he pre-released. The slightly more laid-back, melodic ‘My Whiskey Your Wine’.
TUCKER BEATHARD – ‘I AIN’T WITHOUT YOU’
Tragedy struck the Beathard family in December last year when Clayton Beathard was fatally stabbed outside a Nashville bar. Clayton Beathard was Tucker’s younger brother.
‘I Ain’t Without You’ was written with his father, Casey Beathard in the days that followed the incident. It will be the final track on his forthcoming album, ‘King’, set to be released on August 21st.
The title is a tribute to Clayton’s middle name, and the video that accompanies the song was recorded at the Grand Ole Opry.
PRISCILLA BLOCK – ‘JUST ABOUT OVER YOU’
Priscilla Block has 330,000 TikTok followers but is unknown in the wider country community. That’s about to change. ‘Just About Over You’ was released to social media last Wednesday and quickly advanced to the top of the all-genre charts.
Bobby Bones invited her onto his show, and major labels are forming an orderly queue. This song is certainly going to be big!
TIM MCGRAW – ‘GOOD TASTE IN WOMEN’
Tim’s new album ‘Here On Earth’ will be with us on August 21st, so not long to wait. This is another taster from the album, and we love it.
Written by Jaren Johnston, Bryan Simpson and Nathan Spicer, it’s a definite party anthem.
‘Here On Earth’ will be Tim’s first solo album for 5 years, and is the follow-up to ‘Damn Country Music’. It’s also his first album for Big Machine Label Group, who he re-joined in February.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER – ‘ALL BROKEN HEARTS BREAK DIFFERENTLY’
Grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter released her first album in 4 years last Friday.
‘The Dirt And The Stars’ was recorded here in the UK at New World Studios in Bath. The studios are owned by Peter Gabriel, and acclaimed producer Ethan Johns was also hired.
She’s a massive fan of the UK and has recorded her last two albums here with the same crew. ‘All Broken Hearts Break Differently’ is soothing and lyrically emotive.
BRIAN CALLIHAN – ‘HOMETOWN BOYS’
We all know that Country music has many strings to its bow. However at heart, you can’t beat the traditional fiddle and steel, and a singer who remains true to the genre’s roots, and Brian Callihan is that singer.
Originally from South Georgia but now based in Nashville, he wears his hat with pride and loves to light up the front porch with his traditional flavours.
‘Hometown Boys’ is his follow-up to ‘Broke It Down’, which has had over 200,000 Spotify streams. His new album is due later this year.
KREE HARRISON – ‘THAT’S HOW HEARTS GET BROKEN’
We featured ‘Chosen Family Tree’ last month, which is a track from Kree’s album of the same name. The album was originally due for release on January 24th but was delayed and will be with us August 21st.
However, ‘That’s How Hearts Get Broken’ has now been released, which provides us with an opportunity to enjoy another country artist that appears to be embracing the traditional roots.
TYLER BRADEN – ‘LOVE IS A DEAD END ROAD’
Warner Music Nashville’s next big push is going to be directed towards Tyler Braden. He released his debut single ‘Brother’ earlier this year, a cover of Need To Breathe’s original.
He’s now back with the powerful and melodic ‘Love Is a Dead End Road’, written with his pals Chase Rice and Brock Berryhill. The ‘dead end road’ is a reference to the dirt track that led to his sister’s new home, and he wrote the track on the same day that he signed his record deal.
He’s promising more music later this year, and he’s definitely one to keep close tabs on.
CHARLES ESTEN – ‘SWEET SUMMER SATURDAY NIGHT’
This is a track that has been around for a little while, but we now have a studio-recorded version and it’s been officially released as his new single.
The sun is shining in the UK and this track is perfect for the times.
We look forward to welcoming Charles back to the UK when these depressing non-live music days are beyond us.
JERROD NIEMANN – ‘TEQUILLA KISSES’
Jerrod’s ‘Lost And Found’ album will be with us soon, and he has released two tracks from it. This one, and ‘Ghost Rider’.
‘Tequilla Kisses’ is described as his first acappella track, written with Lee Brice and Jon Stone. It’s unusual because it features 50 separate vocal parts, all sung by Jerrod and overlaid in his home studio.
It’s a tribute to the recording style adopted by Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys back in the 60’s and 70’s, and he even mimicked the sound of instruments with his voice.