JOHN DRISKELL HOPKINS – ‘LONESOME HIGH’
John is a founding member of Zac Brown Band. He’s famous for his top hats, exceptional skills on the guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonies, and has now stepped forward to release his own 12-track solo album.
It’s been a few years in the making, interrupted by his commitments to the band and the onset of Covid, but it’s been worth the wait. If you are a fan of ZBB, we know you are going to love this.
We have featured the title track here, which has guitar backing from fellow band member Coy Bowles, but in truth we could have selected one of many other highlights. Highly recommended.
KAITLIN BUTTS – ‘HOW LUCKY AM I’
Kaitlin’s from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and released her debut album Same Hell, Different Devil in 2015.
She has a publishing deal in Nashville but has been quiet recently with regards to new music, no doubt due to taking time off to marry Flatland Cavalry’s frontman Cleto Cordero.
Her new single ‘How Lucky Am I’ was conceived as a result of a bet with her husband-to-be, the first writer of a song with the word ‘Honeywine’ included, Honeywine being the drink they were both consuming at the time. She lost the bet. Cleo wrote FC’s ‘Honeywine’, which they recorded shortly afterwards.
CHARLEY CROCKETT – ‘LESSON IN DEPRESSION’
We featured Charley’s recent remake of Billy Swan’s ‘I Can Help’ at the start of the year, and that is now making serious waves in the Americana charts.
He’s back with another take on a classic. This time it’s a cover of James Hand’s ‘Lesson In Depression’. It’s a tribute to the career of James Hand, who passed away aged 68 last June, having not begun his musical career until he was 47.
Crockett met up with Hand in Memphis a few years ago at a Dale Watson showcase and the appreciation for the veteran’s artistry began. The track is from Hand’s 2012 album Mighty Lonesome Man.
TENILLE ARTS – ‘GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT’
A year ago Tenille Arts released one the best albums of 2020, Love, Heartbreak and Everything in Between, which didn’t receive anything like the acclaim it deserved initially, but ‘Somebody Like That’ has been climbing the radio charts for some time and now finds itself at #12.
She describes her new song ‘Give It To Me Straight’ as a pre-breakup song – “you know when you just want someone to cut to the chase and tell you why you’re REALLY breaking up”
We would describe it as another example of why this Canadian singer-songwriter should be one of the mainstays on your playlists. This is pretty cool and very radio-friendly.
JON RANDALL – ‘KEEP ON MOVING’
We are loving the new song from Jon Randall. ‘Keep On Moving’ is his first single in over 15 years.
In the meantime, he has kept himself busy writing hits for other artists which have attracted 4 Grammy, 5 ACM and 6 CMA nominations. These include ‘Tin Man’ (Miranda Lambert), ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ (Brad Paisley) ‘The Mountain’ and ‘Up On The Ridge’ (Dierks Bentley).
He’s previously released 4 studio albums, and is signed with RCA Nashville.
ASHLEY MONROE – ‘DRIVE’
It’s been three years since Ashley released ‘Sparrow’, an album with extensive orchestral backing and production. She’s back with a taster from her fifth studio album, ‘Rosegold’, which has an entirely different, ethereal vibe.
‘Drive’ was penned with Mikey Reeves and Niko Moon, and she describes it as a song that she could imagine her singing on a desert highway.
The album will be released on 30th April and will be independently released, following three albums for Warner Music Nashville.
LORETTA LYNN FT. MARGO PRICE – ‘ONE’S ON THE WAY’
Loretta Lynn is set to release her fiftieth studio album Still Woman Enough, and we have a taster , the remake of the title track from her 1971 album.
‘One’s On The Way’ was recorded at Cash Cabin Studio’s in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and the subject matter is birth control and woman’s rights in Country Music, which Loretta feels is as relevant now as when it was first recorded.
The album also features collaborations with Tanya Tucker and Reba McEntire, and will be released on March 19th.
DILLON CARMICHAEL – ‘SAWIN’ LOGS’
We featured Dillon’s version of ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ back in July, and we love his traditional country twang that is also prominent on his new song ‘Sawin’ Logs’, which is full of innuendo.
He’s teamed up previously with Jon Pardi on his last single ‘Hot Beer’, and Pardi is back on production for this song, which was written by Brandon Kinney, Brice Long and Wynn Varble.
A list that has featured its fair share of traditional country flavours ends on a high!