New Release Round-Up: August 18th

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MORGAN WALLEN – ‘7 SUMMERS’

Soulful and dreamy, and a definite mega-hit in the making, Morgan Wallen continues to smash it out of the park, No one will be surprised to hear that this was written by Wallen, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, who seem to create masterpieces at will.

It’s a preview from Wallen’s second album, the follow-up to ‘If I Know Me’ which launched his career last year. This song is going to be huge.

KALSEY KULYK – ‘WHO I WAS’

Kalsey’s from Hudson Bay, Canada and is signed with Anthem Entertainment. She released a debut self-titled EP last August and has been building her profile in Canada.

‘Who I Was’ is her new single and stands out from the crowded release batch of new music. We love it.

DEVIN DAWSON – ‘I GOT A TRUCK’

It’s been a while since Devin Dawson’s ‘Dark Horse’ album introduced us to his music in 2018. ‘All On Me’ and ‘Asking For a Friend’ were absolute classics, and we have been pining for more.

His prowess as a songwriter has been utilised by Blake Shelton, who had a number 1 hit with Devin’s ‘Gods Country’, and we now have another hit in the making with ‘I Got a Truck’, which was written whilst touring with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on the couple’s Soul2Soul tour.

Tim related that he essentially started his career on the back of finance obtained as a loan when he offered his truck as collateral. We adore the drum patterns on this tune which builds to another Dawson classic.

LAUREN LUCAS – ‘BURNING DOWN THE DARK’

It’s been such a hot week for new releases, and we love this new track from a South Carolina native who spent three years as part of Farewell Angelina, but has recently been involved in musical stage songwriting and production on Broadway, and also in film and television.

‘Burning Down the Dark’ was penned with Chuck Jones and Sara Beck, and was a song that she performed as a solo artist in writing rounds and with the band. It was also recorded by Risa Binder previously, but it has now been released by Lauren in its maiden full production state.

MAMADEAR – ‘HOLD ON’

Kelly Bradway, Dan Wilson and Parker Bradway are collectively MamaDear, a three-part harmony trio based in Tennessee. The lockdown has prevented artists from performing with their talented musicians on stage, but we get the impression that these guys have found it less onerous than others.

MamaDear have the talent and harmonies to pitch up on anyone’s front porch or tailgate and weave their musical magic. Simple is often best, and ‘Hold On’ is a delight.

JAMES BARKER BAND – ‘THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT’

We make no apology for highlighting these guys again. It was only two weeks ago that we told you about ‘Mama’s Cooking’, but here we are again with another track from their ‘JBB-Sides’ project where new music is scheduled to be released on a weekly basis.

‘That’s What I’m Talking About’ is this week’s addition, and it’s another one that we couldn’t overlook. The Canadians are on a roll this week.

JONATHAN TERRELL – ‘NEVER MAKES A SOUND’

We try to avoid comparing independent artists to established superstars, no matter how much their music reminds us someone else. However, we make an exception with Texan Jonathan Terrell. His own website describes him as a “bold lyricist and explosive frontman with SpringSteenian prowess”.

‘Never Makes A Sound’ has the drive and energy that is synonymous with ‘The Boss’, and if your country leanings are very much rock and roll, this is definitely for you.

RILEY ROTH – ‘CAME HERE FOR THE BEER’

We all need a catchy singalong summer song to tap our feet and nod our heads, and we have to say that this delight from Riley Roth fits the bill perfectly.

We’ve featured her music on a couple of occasions previously, and never fail to be impressed by just how infectious her music sounds. Surely it’s only a matter of time before radio play listers in the States take a chance and play her music.

TIM MCGRAW – ‘7500 OBO’

7500 OBO might just be a registration plate that Tim McGraw fans will be fixing on their trucks.

It’s a track from Tim’s soon-to-be released album ‘Here On Earth’, which is shaping up to be an album of the year contender if the pre-release tracks are anything to go by.

This is classic McGraw, who relates the loss of his beloved truck, sold because of its connection with a lost love. The truck, not the lost love, was a 2006 Ford F-150. We don’t know too much about the lost love! 

BO ARMSTONG – ‘HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID’

Dallas-born and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Bo Armstrong is gearing up to the release of his album ‘Chasing Ballads’, and has been releasing preview tracks over the last couple of months.

‘Here’s Looking at You Kid’ is the latest to drop, and we just had to include it here.

It’s a song that he wrote back home Dallas in his childhood bedroom whilst visiting his parents on the way to gig in Austin. It was written with his long standing pals from his time in his home town. It’s a song that is dear to his heart.

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