Our first look at the new releases for 2020, and it’s clear that the music industry means business with a healthy crop of new additions for us all to enjoy.
Happy 2020 to one and all! Here we go…
BRANDY CLARK – ‘WHO YOU THOUGHT I WAS’
We just had to start the new year with the lady who continues to amaze us with the quality of her music. Brandy’s new album ‘Your Life Is A Record’ will be released on 6th March, and this is the first cut from the project. Co-written with Jessie Jo Dillon and Jonathan Singleton.
She’s out on the road in the Spring promoting the new album.
RALEIGH KEEGAN – ‘THE COVER’
Raleigh Keegan is a singer songwriter from Cincinnati and was playing jazz trombone until he heard Zac Brown Band’s ‘Uncaged’, and became hooked on country music. He moved to Nashville in 2017, sold his house to pay for his first record and became ingrained with the songwriters on music row.
He’s released a couple of EPs, but this track could be the one to take him to the next level.
TAYLOR RAY HOLBROOK – ‘JUST YOURS’
Another small town country boy in the States who is producing high quality country music. Independent artist Taylor Ray Holbrook was on the cusp of a breakthrough with ‘Steal My Kiss’ last year and released his ‘Backroads’ EP in 2017.
He’s now back with an up-beat country-rock breakup song to start the new year.
DUSTIN HUFF – ‘IF THAT AIN’T COUNTRY’
Continuing with the theme of US country singers who are striving for recognition, we introduce Dustin Huff.
As the title suggests, this is a song that the traditional camp will celebrate, and was penned in his native Indiana. Dobro guitars and lyrics that describe his childhood, ‘If That Ain’t Country’ needs to be heard.
JESS AND THE BANDITS – ‘RIDING SHOTGUN’ EP
New music for 2020 for our favourite adopted Texan!
It’s the first substantial release for JATB since their ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ album in 2017, and has 5 songs that were recorded in Nashville.
Co-writers on the project include Laura Oakes on ‘Riding Shotgun’, and there has been some heavyweight Nashville names involved including Josh Osborne, Kelleigh Bannon and Emily Shackelton.
THE CADILLAC THREE – ‘HARD OUT HERE FOR A COUNTRY BOY’
We are counting down the weeks to seeing these guys hitting the main stage at the O2 for this year’s C2C, and the new music keeps coming.
We have seen the more mellow side to these guys recently, but we are now back to what they do best. Up-beat, raucous, singalong, good time bangers that will have everyone on their feet in March.
The new album ‘Country Fuzz’ will be released on February 7th. We can’t wait.
AMERICAN YOUNG – ‘SOME GIRL’
Kristy and Jon are regular visitors to the UK and are the current holders of the BCMA International Touring Artists award.
‘Some Girl’ is their first release of the new year and features Jon’s vocals predominately. No news yet of a tour or album project – fingers crossed!
THE STEELDRIVERS – ‘BAD FOR YOU’
The first release and the title track from The Steeldrivers’ fifth album project, which will be released on 7th February.
It’s their first release since ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’ in 2015, an album that won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. It’s been a while since we heard new music. The main reason was the need to replace lead vocalist, Gary Nichols, who parted company with the band.
He replaced Chris Stapleton. The new guy is Kelvin Damrell, and we think you will agree that his vocals are very much stylised on their original lead singer.
CURTIS GRIMES – ‘RIVER ROAD DREAM’
Texan Curtis Grimes is a past winner of the Texas Country Music Association Male Vocalist Of The Year award, and his brand of country music is influenced by releases by Alan Jackson and George Strait, which probably tells you all that you need to know.
‘River Road Dream’ will be heavily rotated on the line dancing playlists. Traditional honky-tonk music at its best.
Curtis came to the UK for Buckle & Boots a couple of years back – let’s hope he returns for another visit soon!
COREY COX – ‘GROW UP TOMORROW’
We love the drum pattern on this one. Corey describes this as an escape song; an escape from the adversities that we as humans face daily.
Great lyrics and a great song.