The countdown is well and truly on towards the end of a year that we won’t want to repeat! The releases are down to a mere trickle, but the quality remains high. Here are our favourites from the bunch…
DALTON DOMINO – ‘BOTH FEET’
It’s been an up and down year for most of us, but non more so than Dalton Domino, who appeared to be implying in March that he was done with music, and then released an acoustic album ‘Feverdreamer’ a month later. Like many albums this year, it remained under the radar.
He’s fought his demons, and has announced via his Facebook page that come January 2021 he will be celebrating two years of sobriety. He also states how tough this year has been for him mentally, spiritually and emotionally, and has released a very personal song that looks back on the last 6 years, titled ‘Both Feet’
When Dalton Domino gets it right, he gets it very right. A great song.
WALKER COUNTY – ‘SOMEONE’S SOMEONE’
Walker County are sister duo Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn, who began in Nashville busking on Lower Broadway.
It paid off, as they are now signed with Warner Music Nashville and may be extending their brand of catchy pop-country into the mainstream. They obviously retain a love for the traditions, which is apparent on ‘Someone’s Someone’.
As the girls say, “it’s not about the money or fame, it’s about the people you surround yourself with and share life with”
CASH CAMPBELL – ‘GONNA BE A GOOD CHRISTMAS Y’ALL’
Not a traditional Christmas song by any means, Cash Campbell has released a song that sums up this year and looks back on the trials and tribulations that 2020 has thrown up.
He’s from Texas, but some of you may have caught his live shows in the UK last year. He’s also been out on the road with Billy Currington, Chris Lane and Granger Smith in the States.
CHAD COOKE BAND – ‘BROTHERS’
With many of the A-Listers closing for business until the new year, the stage has been left clear for us to discover new artists, and The Chad Cooke Band’s new single ‘Brothers’ is certainly one to add to your playlist.
As the title says, ‘Brothers’ is a heartfelt song that resonates with families who grow up together, but drift apart as they mature and move away.
“Some days we were best friends, some days we couldn’t stand each other…Brothers”
The band are from Texas and are usually rockin’ it up across the Lone Star State. ‘Brothers’ is very much a change of pace for the guys.
MUSCADINE BLOODLINE – ‘WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE (REIMAGINED)’
One of the highlights of this year has been the release of Muscadine Bloodline’s debut album ‘Burn It At Both Ends’ in September. It didn’t receive the attention it deserved, due to lack of promotional opportunities for the guys, but it does have strong candidates for future single releases.
‘Wrong Side Of Goodbye’ is a track that has been ‘reimagined’ with a slower, more acoustic feel to the version that appeared on the album.
They will be dropping a new song every Thursday, featuring remixes of songs from the album.
THE SPRINGS – ‘FALLING FOR YOU’
A new Christmas song from husband and wife duo The Springs. Stewart and Holly Halcomb are from Alabama, and have provided us with an up-beat holiday anthem, written whilst they were making their way back from visiting family.
We caught up with their music in April of this year when we featured another track that caught our attention, ‘I’m Gonna Love You’.
They are another family looking forward to 2021, when they are due to welcome their first child. Congratulations guys!
TYLER BRADEN – ‘PRETTY PAPER’
Another signing for Warner Music Nashville, Tyler Braden has released a festive holiday song, titled ‘Pretty Paper’.
We have been keen to follow his progress since he signed with the major label, and have been impressed with his output to date, particularly ‘Secret’ which was one of our favourites from the beginning of this month.
‘Pretty Paper’ is laid back and mainly acoustic. Another track to add to the festive playlists.
MARK LEACH – ‘AIN’T FOR SALE’
A good song from independent artist Mark Leach to close our slightly abated new release list this week. Mark describes his music as a cross between Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Eric Church.
He’s from Ohio but is now based in Nashville, honing his craft. The new song was written with Josh Withenshaw. Check it out!