JESS THRISTAN – ‘WORSE THAN ME’
We are delighted to begin this week’s new release picks with the latest release from UK artist Jess Thristan. Jess has teamed up with songwriter/producer Kaity Rae for a powerful message to those who doubt themselves.
She’s making an appearance at this year’s Long Road Festival next week, having performed at this year’s C2C.
LAINEY WILSON – ‘WATERMELON MOONSHINE’
It’s the latest release from her second album ‘Bell Bottom Country’, which will be released on October 28th, and it’s the follow-up to ‘Heart Like a Truck.’
The song was written with Jordan Schmidt and Josh Kear, and Lainey has co-written all of the 14 tracks that appear on the album.
She’s currently on the road opening on Jon Pardi’s ‘Ain’t Always the Cowboy’ Tour in the US, and she has been cast in a role for the upcoming ‘Yellowstone’ 5th season, due to air in November.
ANNA VAUS – ‘KINDA DON’T EVER’
A definite early-Taylor feel to Anna Vaus’s latest single, which coincides nicely with the news coming out of Music Row this week that Anna has signed an exclusive songwriting agreement with Big Machine.
We’ve been championing her music since her early releases, and it seems that her career is beginning to find traction in Nashville.
Her last single ‘Didn’t Even Date’ was co-written with Steve Moakler and Mark Trussell. Her third EP, ‘Younger Version of Myself,’ is due to be released later this year.
PARMALEE – ‘GIRL IN MINE’
It’s been a wild couple of years for Parmalee, who had their first #1 single with ‘Carolina’ in 2013 and top 10 singles in 2014 and 2015, but nothing of any significance until their collaboration with Blanco Brown in 2019, ‘Just The Way,’ which was certified platinum and returned them to the top of the charts.
They followed it with another smash last year, ‘Take My Name,’ and are looking for the hat-trick with ‘Girl In Mine’ which continues the Country/R&B vibe.
It has potential to be another huge radio hit with its infectious chorus, and it has had 1.8 million TikTok views already.
ASHLEY COOKE – ‘GETTING INTO’
It’s a strong week for the ladies this week, and Ashley Cooke’s new single ‘Getting Into’ will be featuring on many playlists. She’s on the up, following a successful collaboration with Brett Young, ‘Never Til Now,’ she and recently performed the song on ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’.
That song continues its march up the charts, having gained huge radio exposure, and we reckon ‘Getting Into’ has the potential to maintain the momentum.
Her breakout album ‘Already Drank That Beer’ was well-received, and she will be finishing 2022 supporting Cole Swindell on his ‘Back Down To the Bar’ Tour.
RACHEL WAMMACK – ‘LIKE ME’
Rachel’s signed with RCA Nashville / Sony Music Nashville, and ‘Like Me’ is her first new release for 18 months.
“It’s a very personal song for me and a very important message. I have always dealt with my own insecurities and comparison. I hope that people who have experienced similar struggles will be able to relate to it and know that they don’t have to change who they are to be liked.”
Artists felt the effects of the pandemic in different ways, and she decided to take a complete break from the industry, but she’s now back and recently debuted this song at Darius Rucker’s ‘Darius and Friends’ benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium.
CALEB CAUDLE – ‘FORSYTHIA’
Another artist who deeply felt the effects of the pandemic is Caleb Caudle, who released an album ‘Better Hurry Up’ just as the lockdowns were taking hold. His tour to promote the record was cancelled, and he decided to relocate from Nashville to his native North Carolina.
His enforced solitude was spent hiking in the woods, where he planned another album that he thought might be his last. ‘Forsythia’ is the first preview from it, and he describes it as “the most autobiographical song I have ever written”.
TYLER RICH – ‘TRUCKS DON’T LIE’
Another radio-friendly single from Tyler Rich, whose ‘Trucks Don’t Lie’ breaks down the appeal of country music’s favourite mode of transport.
“A truck can tell you a thousand stories. It can tell you someone’s favorite teams. The color and build can tell you about their personality. Memories within a truck can tell you over and over again when someone is gone … and so much more,” says Rich.
He has been performing it at his concerts for some time and has recognised the fans’ reaction to the song. He’s also recently been in the studio with The Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnson, who co-wrote recent hit ‘A Little of You’ and has been producing his recent output.
MORGAN WADE – ‘CROSSING STATE LINES’ (ACOUSTIC)
Morgan’s released a 5-track acoustic EP, appropriately titled ‘The Acoustic Sessions,’ which will resonate with those of us who enjoyed her live performances for the first time at this year’s C2C.
The project strips back 5 of her songs – essentially it’s Morgan and a guitar, and a chance to appreciate her unique voice without added production of instrumentation.
The 4 other featured tracks are ‘Flower,’ ‘Kelly’s Drive,’ ‘Last Cigarette’ and ‘Wilder Days.’
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