LITTLE BIG TOWN – ‘JAMBALAYA (ON THE BAYOU)’
Little Big Town’s latest single released to country radio is ‘Wine, Beer, Whiskey’, but they have also released a version of the classic Hank Williams song that was first released in 1952 and went all the way to the top of the Country Charts.
It’s been covered by a number of artists, most notably by The Carpenters in 1973, who reached #12 on the UK charts.
LBT’s version features Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews and mixes the original country vibes with a copious New Orleans Cajun flavour. It was recorded for the ‘United We Sing’ TV special, and the proceeds will be going to charity.
JOHN KING – ‘EASY (ACOUSTIC)’
The original version was released a couple of weeks ago, and John King has now dropped an acoustic version that works so well with the laid-back feel to the song.
John’s been making country music since 2014, and co-wrote Randy Hauser’s ‘We Went’ in 2016. Originally from Demorest, Georgia and signed to Sony Nashville, he released an EP in 2015 and a number of singles since.
HUDSON MOORE – ‘THROWBACK’
Hudson Moore’s 2019 single ‘Coming Home’ was one of our favourite singles last year, and was included in our ‘Ones That Got Away’ list at the end of the year.
He consistently produces happy, radio-friendly pop-country that would massively appeal to the masses with exposure.
He’s back with another gem that has 90’s country influences. Give this guy a space on your Spotify playlists.
THE DRYES – ‘YES’
Husband and wife duo Derek and Katelyn Drye are new to us, but their new single ‘YES’ was an easy addition this week.
It’s a love song that they say is special to them as it tells their personal story.
They are starting to make waves in Nashville. They premiered this song on American Songwriter, and the North Carolina natives who have now relocated to Nashville are definitely ones to watch.
TOWN MOUNTAIN – ‘YOU CAN’T WIN EM ALL’
Sticking with music from North Carolina, we highlight the new single from five-piece Bluegrass group, Town Mountain, who have released a mellow, laid-back rootsy song with honest vintage instrumentation.
The band describe the song as the “last song on the jukebox” when everything is winding down.
They have been making roots music for 10 years, and aren’t adverse to mixing rock & roll with their native bluegrass, and have worked with Tyler Childers who featured on their last album.
CODY BRYAN BAND – ‘JUST THE WAY YOU ARE’
This is an interesting one. Texans Cody Bryan Band have covered Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’ with a real country flavour, and it works!
It’s certainly an interesting take on a classic song, and the country instrumentation gives it a fresh take.
The band are presently having to cope with the upsurge of the covid virus in Texas, and have had to cancel most of their recent shows.
SEAN STEMALY – ‘AS FAR AS I KNOW’
Another new name to check out. Sean Stemaly is signed with Big Loud and hails from Western Kentucky. He’s supported Chris Lane, LANCO and Morgan Wallen, and is currently preparing his first album.
‘As Far As I Know’ is the follow-up to ‘Come Back To Bed’, which crossed half a million views on YouTube recently. It seems that Sean’s making a name for himself.
DONOVAN WOODS – ‘CLEAN SLATE’
We first came across Donovan Woods when we heard the awesome ‘Next Year’ two years ago. It was our track of the year, and the video matched the quality of the song.
Since then, we have kept a close interest in his musical output and he is back with another gem, ‘Clean Slate’, that adds more instrumentation and a slight indie-rock feel that should increase his reach.
Woods is another that merits greater exposure. Let’s hope this will be the breakthrough.
KANE BROWN – ‘BE LIKE THAT FT. SWAE LEE & KHALID’
Kane’s never been adverse to mixing country with other genres of popular music , and here he collaborates with Khalid and Swae Lee for a typically diverse mix of styles that is certain to hit the heights.
He’s worked with Khalid previously on the remix of Khalid’s single ‘Saturday Nights’ in 2019, and this is the follow-up to Brown’s recent release, ‘Worldwide Beautiful’
JUSTIN ADAMS – ‘JOE BOUGHT A BAR’
We finish this week with a raucous party song that requires everyone to have a cold beer in their hands.
Justin Adams, recently of Nashville, Tennessee but originally from Bixby, Oklahoma, sets this week’s bar for a song that will raise spirits in the difficult time we currently live in.
We strive for the day when we can crank up these tunes and enjoy them as they were intended.
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