KELSEY BOVEY – ‘NOT SCARED ANYMORE’
It’s always a pleasure to highlight an up-and-coming UK Country artist, and Bristol-based Kelsey Bovey is a worthy addition to this week’s list.
‘Not Scared Anymore’ is the second track to be highlighted from her EP of the same name, and follows ‘Magnetic’, which she released as a single in May.
RUSSELL DICKERSON – ‘ HOME SWEET’
Russell’s new single ‘Home Sweet’ would be an ideal show opener in a large arena. It inspires crowd participation, and we may have to wait a while for that experience.
It’s another song that touches upon Dickerson’s family life and follows on from the messages that were prominent in his last single, ‘Love You Like I Used To’. ‘Home Sweet’ is another autobiographical tune that deals with the first couple of years of his marriage to Kailey, and the news that she was pregnant with their first child.
It’s a track from his upcoming second album, and the video was shot at home in Nashville.
TEDDY ROBB – ‘HEAVEN ON DIRT’
We have featured Teddy Robb’s music previously on our weekly lists. He’s an artist who has been firmly knocking on the door for acceptance into country music’s premier league for the last couple of years, and has the backing of Nashville’s top songwriters including Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.
He’s appeared on the ‘Today Show’ in the States and released his debut EP, ‘Really Shouldn’t Drink Around You’, in April this year.
‘Heaven On Dirt’ is his next chapter towards chart success, and we reckon you will be hearing lots from Teddy Robb soon.
CASSADEE POPE – ‘LET ME GO’
It’s been a while since we heard new music from Cassadee Pope, but we are pleased to report that her new album ‘Rise and Shine’ will be released on 7th August. We have a taster from that album, as she has released two tracks, ‘Built This House’ and ‘Let Me Go’ (the latter featured below).
She’s released a lyric video which features herself sitting alone on stairs strumming her guitar.
We understand that the album will be an 8 track acoustic album and is the follow up to ‘Stages’
DILLON CARMICHAEL – ‘WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL’
The world probably doesn’t need a new version of the classic country hit ‘When You Say Nothing At All’, unless it features Dillon Carmichael.
The song was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, but is synonymous with Keith Whitley, unless like us you live in the UK where Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating took it to the top of the pop charts in 1999.
Dillon Carmichael has teamed up with Logan Murrell for this cover version, and we think that they absolutely nail it. Maybe the guy/girl mix adds something to the vibe. Check it out.
LIV LAWRENCE – ‘RIVER WALK’
Another new UK country singer. Liv is from Essex, and her debut EP ‘Anymore’ was released in September 2019.
She has been steadily building her portfolio, and her new single ‘River Walk’ has already received plays on her local BBC and commercial stations.
Also, despite the restrictions, it’s great to see one of our local artists promoting her songs with a video. Check it out here.
KREE HARRISON – ‘CHOSEN FAMILY TREE’
She finished as the runner up on season 2 of ‘American Idol’, and ‘Chosen Family Tree’ is the title track from her forthcoming album, produced by Kree with Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson.
She describes this song as a love letter to the LQBTQ community, and her chosen family of all different colours and backgrounds. Indeed anyone who offers mutual love and support hence the title ‘Chosen Family Tree’
RUSTON KELLY – ‘RADIO CLOUD’
We featured the second track, ‘Brave’, from his new album two months ago, but couldn’t overlook this one.
‘Radio Cloud’ will feature on ‘Shape & Destroy’, available on 28th August via Rounder Records, and features Kacey Musgraves on backing vocals together with Gena Johnson and Abby Kelly.
JOSH MARTIN – ‘COLD AGAIN’
Country music from Kentucky, courtesy of Josh Martin. ‘Cold Again’ has a haunting quality and excellent instrumentation, behind a voice that has a unique flavour.
He released an album, ‘Nothing Holding Me’, in November last year which is also well worth checking out for those of us that adore rootsy, mountain inspired music.
LINDSAY ELL – ‘WANT ME BACK’
This is likely to be a huge single for Lindsay Ell. Her album ‘Heart Theory’ will be released on 14th August, which features lead singles ‘Want Me Back’ and ‘I Don’t Love You’.
She’s utilised the downtime as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic by launching her online ‘lifestream’, ‘Living Well w Ell’, as well as basking in the success of her collaboration with Brantley Gilbert on ‘What Happens In A Small Town’, which reached the top of the Hot Country Tunes chart.
She reckons that in a normal year, she plays approximately 250 live gigs, so the change of lifestyle in 2020 has obviously been dramatic!