LEAVING AUSTIN FT. CASSADEE POPE – ‘AMERICAN AVENUE’
The premier 3-man vocal band in Nashville for the last two decades, Rascal Flatts, have decided to reduce their output and live shows. There will be a gap to fill, and we’re throwing Leaving Austin into the mix.
Comprised of Austin Machado, Davis Forney and Michael Stevens, hailing from Visalia, California, Leaving Austin have released two EP’s to date and have now teamed up with their friend, Cassadee Pope, for this pop-country love song.
They appeared on the Today Show last Friday to premiere this song, so it seems that they are certainly moving in the right direction.
SARAHBETH TAITE – ‘HAPPY HOUR’
Sarahbeth’s from Fort Collins, Colorado, but moved to Nashville to attend a NSAI songwriters workshop. This led to her first publishing deal with Green Hills Music Group. She moved to Music City permanently aged 17 and she has been perfecting her craft since then.
‘Happy Hour’ is her latest single, and it’s pretty cool. Check it out.
JOSH KERR – ‘ARIZONA’
We featured Josh Kerr previously when we highlighted ‘Fall In Love’. We were promised new music over the next few months, and ‘Arizona’ is the next song to be released from an album that is currently unscheduled.
His pedigree as a songwriter is impressive, and his music has been recorded by Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, amongst many others.
It appears that he is now ready to emerge into the performers’ spotlight himself.
VIC ALLEN – ‘I CAN’
You may have seen Vic Allen opening for Sarah Darling on her Wonderland tour last year, and she was also part of the ‘Write Like A Girl’ movement with Beth Keeping and Emily Faye.
She was due to appear on the Song Suffragettes tour this year, but that was obviously a victim of COVID-19.
Her new single showcases the new talent that we have here in the UK, and we just wish that we can have the opportunity of seeing these guys performing live again shortly.
ALAN FINLAN – ‘COWBOY TRUTH’
Another guy who is making waves on the UK Country scene is Alan Finlan, who you may have seen performing at British country festivals last year.
He’s just released his debut EP, ‘Big Man Small Town’, and has released ‘Cowboy Truth’ as the new single.
It’s an up-beat dance hall country foot-tapper, and we love the lockdown music video!
CRAIG CAMPBELL – ‘FLYING MY COUNTRY FLAG’
A sure-fire favourite for the country traditionalists, Craig Campbell has emphasised his commitment to the cause with this raucous anthem, ‘Flying My Country Flag’, that will resonate with his fans.
Written in 2014 with Ben Hayslip and Michael Carter, it was intended as a response to those who were saying that country just wasn’t country enough. Craig’s happy to be the standard-bearer who proclaims his love for the traditional side of the genre.
JADEN HAMILTON – ‘LONG NIGHT LETTING GO’
We love a moody love song here at YLIAS, and this track from a new country artist hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana fits the bill perfectly.
His new EP ‘Ain’t That Something’ will be released shortly, and ‘Long Night Letting Go’ together with ‘Found Myself In A Country Song’ have been released this week as taster tracks.
Another one to keep our eyes and ears on, guys.
CARVER LOUIS – ‘ROTGUT’
An unusual title for a new tune. The ‘rotgut’ referred to here is the beer that Carver Louis’ pals accuse him of drinking.
Carver’s from Tooele, Utah and released his debut single, ‘Through With You’, in 2017. He’s opened for Rodney Atkins, Travis Denning Carly Pearce, Midland and LOCASH in his short music career to date.
ERIC PASLAY – ‘HEARTBEAT HIGHER’ EP
Eric’s new EP was released this week, containing four tracks. Everyone will have their favourite, but we particularly like track four, ‘Boat In A Bottle’, which has an infectious singalong quality that will sound awesome live.
We also love Eric’s take on Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’.
He is due to return to the UK in October supporting The Shires on their nationwide tour, but our money isn’t on those dates going ahead.
KRISTINA MURRAY – ‘ THE GREAT UNKNOWN’
Any song that has a pedal steel solo has more than an even chance of making our list, and ‘The Great Unknown’ from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kristina Murray is a worthy addition.
It relates to those lazy Sunday mornings listening to Keith Whitley on the record player, and enjoying the more mundane side of life. It was written with Leo Rondeau.
If you like this, check out her album ‘Southern Ambrosia’, which we highly recommend.