The year’s coming to a close and the torrent of new releases have slowed to a trickle. Here’s our last round up of the year.
We’ll be back before New Year with our best of 2019!
BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI – ‘NOBODY BUT YOU’
The A-list writing team Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James have teamed up again. ‘Nobody But You’ sees two people expressing their love for each other, and ‘The Voice’ judges Blake and Gwen provide the vocals and the love interest.
Will 2020 be the year they tie the knot?
RANDALL KING – ‘BURN IT AT BOTH ENDS‘
We have highlighted Texan Randall King’s music previously, and he’s back with new music including this mid-tempo traditional country song ‘Burn It Both Ends’.
He’s determined to keep it country and there are many in the States who think he will be one to watch out for in 2020.
TENILLE ARTS – ‘NOTHING TO SEE HERE’
Another artist that we have been appreciating here at YLIAS is Canadian artist Tenille Arts. Great voice and hugely impressive output.
She appeared at Bush Hall in October during Country Music Week 2019 and is also due to appear at C2C in Berlin next March, so she seems intent upon making a name for herself across the pond. Definitely one to watch out for.
KESHA FEAT. STURGILL SIMPSON, BRIAN WILSON & WRABEL – ‘RESENTMENT’
This is an interesting one. Kesha isn’t someone who would be attracting the attention of the country music circle. However she has country music heritage. Her mother wrote ‘Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle For You’, a song that Dolly Parton made popular in 1980.
Kesha has mainly focused her career in the pop and rock market to date.
This is the third release from her new album ‘High Road’ which will be with us at the end of January 2020, and this song has country music leanings. not least with Sturgill’s involvement as a backing singer.
PARMALEE FEAT. BLANCO BROWN – ‘JUST THE WAY’
From the opposite end from the country spectrum, Parmalee have teamed up with Blanco Brown for this massively commercial country radio-friendly foot-tapper
Blanco is hot property, riding high with ‘The Git Up’ and he’s good mates with the Parmalee guys. It made perfect sense. Good song.
ADAM DOLEAC – ‘NEON FOOLS‘
Probably a new name to most of us here in the UK. He’s signed to Sony Nashville and is due to tour early next year with Mitchell Tenpenny and Scotty McCreery.
He’s another of the ever-increasing talent pool in Nashville who are looking to be the next breakout artist. This is R&B flavoured country with huge radio appeal.
DEMUN JONES – ‘DREAMS OF MINE’
OK, this is a first for our highlights list. A country-flavoured rap song. Not something that we would immediately be drawn to here at YLIAS but sometimes you just have to go with your ears, and this is so damn catchy.
Demun won’t be receiving too many Christmas cards from the traditionalists but he’s as redneck as it gets. He mixes country-inspired lyrics with hip-hop grooves, and has just released ‘Dreams Of Mine’ featuring backing vocals from his two daughters.
BRAD PAISLEY FEAT. ADDIE PRATT – ‘ALIVE RIGHT NOW’
Brad’s back with another TUNE.
Featured on his recent ABC TV special ‘Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special’, this features cancer survivor Addie Pratt. She’s not a seasoned country music artist, just someone who can sing this song with heartfelt meaning and a very personal connection. Great song, and typical Brad Paisley.
CARLY PEARCE – ‘IT WON’T ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS‘
This will, we predict, be a song that we will be hearing a lot of in the early part of 2020.
Her self-titled new album will be released on February 14th and next year will be a big one for Carly. She’s determined to remain true to her country roots. No one graces the stage more at the Grand Ole Opry than Carly, and she’s has just launched a new video series with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
She’s currently riding high with her duet with Lee Brice, ‘I Hope You’re Hapy Now’. Her impressive catalogue of music is growing all the time.
MADDIE WILSON – ‘BLACK SHEEP’
It’s a pleasure to highlight someone who doesn’t have the exposure of her peers, but shares their talent.
Maddie Wilson is very much a rising artist in Nashville and is awaiting that big break – check out ‘Black Sheep’ which highlights her strong vocals and a super catchy country-pop melody.
A good way to close what has been a great year for new country music.