We have always embraced the chameleon flavour of Country Music when highlighting the new releases. ‘Country’ tends to be a very global term these days. However, the crop of new music here is probably the most traditional that we have seen for some time. Is this the start of a trend? We shall see.
WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN – ‘WHISKEY KINDA NIGHT’
Fast becoming the UK’s favourite adopted cowboy, William Michael Morgan has released his best song since his ‘Vinyl’ album back in 2016. It’s George Strait-esque and steeped in country traditions. Boy loses girl and indulges in whiskey to drown his sorrows.
He’s just made his 70’th Opry appearance, and will be returning to the UK in May for his second appearance at Buckle & Boots Country Festival.
ERIK DYLAN – ‘JJ’S MARKET’
Eric’s emotive lament about the current trends in country music is capable of becoming the traditionalists’ anthem. He’s an independent artist who hails from Kansas but now works in Nashville. We can only assume that the location for the former ‘JJ’s Market’ was music city.
He’s a prolific music row songwriter and wrote ‘Wild Ones’ and ‘Comeback Kid’ for Kip Moore, ‘What You See Is What You Get’ for Luke Combs, as well as tracks for Brantley Gilbert, Trisha Yearwood and the Eli Young Band.
BRANDY CLARK – ‘I’ll BE THE SAD SONG’
Her album will be with us in March and based on the samples released to date, it’s shaping up to be a contender for album of the year. We are happy to nominate Brandy as the best female voice in country music and desperately need to get her back to C2C.
This one’s an absolute stunner.
HAYDEN HADDOCK – ‘RED DIRT TEXAS’
The title track from Texan Hayden Haddock’s new album. It’s a foot-stomping cowboy song that literally does what it says on the tin. A description of cowboy life in Texas.
Picture yourself at a Hayden Haddock live gig at the Galveston County Fair listening to this with a red solo cup in your hand. You know it makes sense.
RECKLESS KELLY – ‘I ONLY SEE YOU WITH MY EYES CLOSED’
They are intending to release two albums shortly. ‘American Girls’ and ‘American Jackpot’. This the first track from the ‘American Girls’ album.
The band was formed by Willy and Cody Braun with drummer Jay Nazz in 1996, but has recently incorporated Ryan Engleman, of Turnpike Troubadours.
ASHLEY MCBRYDE – ‘HANG IN THERE GIRL’
Ashley’s new album is set to be released on 3rd April, and this track concludes the ‘Revenge Saga’ that featured 3 videos, all with a linked story line.
“Hang in their girl, it’s gonna be alright”
Ashley simply does not release average records, and this continues that trend.
JONBOY STOREY – ‘FIVE MILES ABOVE’
We said that this week’s selections reflect the traditional side of country. Here’s the latest from Jonboy Storey, who is beginning to make waves in his hometown state of Alabama.
A good, solid country song to add to the playlist.
THE PANHANDLERS – ‘THIS FLATLAND LIFE’
The Pandhandlers are William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, Josh Abbott and John Baumann.
All have pedigree in West Texas. Cordero was recently with Flatland Cavalry. They have come together and retained the sounds of the pedal steel, fiddle, banjo and dobro, and this is a taster from their new album that will be with us on 6th March.
They are billing themselves as the ‘Texas Country Supergroup’. We look forward to the new album.
ELIJAH OCEAN – ‘BEHIND THE TIMES’
We usually highlight tracks that are released from forthcoming albums. This is slightly different as his album ‘Back To The Lander’ was released at the beginning of December last year, and this song wasn’t on it.
Elijah Ocean’s music is always seriously Country with a honky-tonk vibe, and this one’s no exception.
IAN MUNSICK – ‘MOUNTAIN TIME’
We said that this week’s selections are very much traditionally-based and we conclude with a country knees-up from Dayton, Wyoming’s Ian Munsick, who moved to Nashville in 2013.
This one and ‘Solo’ have been released from his forthcoming album, ‘Coyote Cry’. Plenty of fiddle and thigh slapping – a real country foot-stomper!