CAYLEE HAMMACK – ‘LORD, I HOPE THIS DAY IS GOOD’ FEAT. ALAN JACKSON
Check out the interview with Caylee on our site. Her debut album ‘If It Wasn’t For You’ will be released on 14th August, and we have been treated to a gorgeous cover of Don Williams’ #1 song from the early 80’s. It is also a very welcome return for the legendary Alan Jackson, who, apart from ‘The Older I Get’ in 2017, hasn’t been in the recording studio since his last album was released 5 years ago.
We can understand why Capital Records Nashville have such high hopes for Caylee, who is clearly a star in the making.
LOST FREQUENCIES – ‘ ONE MORE NIGHT’ FEAT. EASTON CORBIN
We didn’t envisage featuring Belgium DJ Felix De Laet in our weekly list of new releases, but it’s always good hearing new music from Easton Corbin who we had the pleasure of chatting to last month.
They have collaborated before. In 2015, Easton recorded ‘Are You With Me’ which was very successful in the world of EDM. Lost Frequencies are releasing an EP, ‘Cup Of Beats’, shortly and this is a preview from it.
BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI – ‘HAPPY ANYWHERE’
Blake’s collaboration with partner Gwen Stefani ‘Nobody But You’ recently hit the top spot on the country charts, and the follow-up ‘Happy Anywhere’ is a simple song of domestic contentment that is destined to repeat the assault on the charts.
Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne and Matt Jenkins weave their commercial magic dust over yet another gem that seems familiar from the first listen.
Can we now class Gwen as a bona fide country singer?
JOJO MASON – ‘CHEMICAL’
In our summary of top tunes from 2019 that ‘got away’, JoJo’s ‘Better On You’, penned by Mitchell Tenpenny, was top of the tree. We are convinced that that song had the potential to be a huge hit, had it been given exposure.
Canadian JoJo is back with a new track for 2020. ‘Chemical’ has the familiar pop/R&B-Country vibes that we have come to expect from JoJo, and it’s a real grower.
RON POPE – ‘MORPHINE’
Nashville singer-songwriter Ron Pope has released a track that he excluded from his latest ‘Bone Structure’ album, which was exclusively directed at his daughter.
It was obviously not suitable for that project, hence the separate release, and is the first of a project he calls ‘The Builder’, where he releases a new song every two weeks for the next twelve months, so Ron Pope fans are in for a treat.
CHARLEY CROCKETT – ‘DON’T CRY’
Make sure you keep your diaries clear this Sunday evening for Destination Country’s exclusive live showcase with Charley Crockett, who is fast becoming country music’s hottest new prospect. His new album ‘Welcome To Hard Times’ is out this Friday, and we have another sneak preview from it with ‘Don’t Cry’, the third pre-release from the new project.
He once spent time busking on subway cars and living on the streets, before his fortune changed and he was signed with Thirty Tigers.
The video is a series where he plays the same character. Don’t miss Sunday’s performance at DC – it will certainly be worth watching.
COLTER WALL – ‘COWPOKE’
Sticking with the traditional side of country music, Colter Wall has a new album ‘Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs’, coming 28th August via Thirty Tigers/LaHonda Records.
We featured the title track last month on our weekly lists, and we now have an equally iconic western gem featuring that has already had millions of listens from a previously released live performance video.
Who said Country & Western was dead?
BAILEY HEFLEY – ‘GOTTA FIND OUT’
We must include the new single from Little Rock, Arkansas singer Bailey Hefley, who hasn’t featured before on YLIAS.
She’s been based in Nashville permanently since 2012, having previously studied at Belmont University, and is gearing up for the release of her debut album ‘Forever 20 Something’ this Autumn.
‘Gotta Find Out’ is a perfect song for pop radio programmers, and another tune that could break through with the exposure.
BRETT JAMES – ‘SOUTHERN SOUL’
We featured Brett’s previous release, ‘Tell The People’, a few weeks ago on our list and we are happy to highlight his latest, ‘Southern Soul’.
You will be familiar with his songs. He wrote Carrie’s ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ and Dierks’ ‘I Hold On’, as well as Kenny Chesney’s ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, ‘Flip Flop Summer’ and ‘Out Last Night’, and about 40 tracks for various others. His discography is worth delving into.
He’s now in front of the mic, and we wonder why he has kept that awesome raspy voice under wraps for so long.
MICKEY LAMANTIA – ‘ANOTHER ROUND’
We finish this week’s highlights list with a touch of Outlaw Country from ex correctional worker Mickey Lamantia. He spent 20 years guarding prisoners in Rhode Island, but found time to play in his Uncle’s country band, who opened for Willie Nelson and Tanya Tucker.
‘Another Round’ is a track that features on his soon-to-be-released 4-track EP, ‘Honky Tonk Confessions Chapter Three’