LUKE BRYAN – ‘DRINK A LITTLE WHISKEY DOWN’
One of six new songs that will be added to Luke Bryan’s recent album. ‘Down to One’ has become his 26th Country Airplay #1 and he has just started another season as a judge on American Idol.
Luke’s following the modern trend of injecting new life into already-released albums with a ‘Deluxe Edition’. His ‘Born Here, Live Here, Die Here’ album contained a bunch of excellent songs that were not released as singles, and may have not been given the exposure they deserved. A collection well worth checking out.
LIDDY CLARK – ‘IF THERE WAS NO TRAFFIC IN L.A.’
Liddy Clark is no stranger to our weekly lists. We loved her previous singles ‘Wrapped Up In Roses’ and ‘Sorry Mom and Dad’. Written by someone who lived very close to a freeway in Los Angeles, this one is a song that Liddy considers to be “semi-autobiographical”.
She’s from Plano, Texas but has spent time in Florida before moving to the West Coast. The single is a taster from her forthcoming debut album, which is in the process of being finalised. Should be worth waiting for.
MIDLAND – ‘COWGIRL BLUES’
The first release from their new documentary, ‘Midland: The Sonic Ranch’ .
Heavily reliant on a percussion, the song is about a cowboy who is always moving from place to place. The film, which premieres on March 19th, will tell the story of the band’s beginnings, their meeting in Wyoming, and their first attempts to create music in El Paso, Texas.
A companion soundtrack album will be released to complement the documentary.
MATT JORDAN – ‘LIKE THE MOON’
We premiered Matt Jordan’s single ‘Never Look Back’ last year, and he’s back with another tune, ‘Like the Moon’, which makes this weeks list.
He’s born and raised in Missouri and he’s been compared to Bruce Springsteen. The streaming numbers are growing healthily, and we reckon you’ll be hearing a lot more about Matt Jordan in the future.
ROB MAYES – ‘GREATEST THING I EVER DID’
We are loving this new track from Rob Mayes.
He’s got a distinguished acting career with roles in a bunch of US TV series, but he is also developing a reputation as a country singer. He released a tonne of standalone singles last year, and he’s back with another gem, titled ‘Greatest Thing I Ever Did’.
TRAVIS TRITT – ‘SMOKE IN A BAR’
It’s easy to overlook the influence that Travis Tritt had on the country music scene in the 90’s and early 2000’s. 9 top 10 albums and 5 number one singles. However, the music stopped in 2007 with the release of ‘The Storm’ album, and he hasn’t released anything since.
‘Smoke In A Bar’ is his first release for 13 years, and is the first from his new album ‘Set In Stone’, coming May 7th. The song reminisces about times when “music sounded like it did” and times where we “didn’t have so many things to worry about and stress over”.
ASHLEY COOKE – ‘SUNDAY MORNING KINDA SATURDAY NIGHT’
The new medium for breaking artists is undoubtedly TikTok, and Ashley Cooke appears to be on a trajectory that may lead to radio and chart success.
‘Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night’ has the hooks and production that would sound pretty cool on country radio, but also has a vibe that would work in a live setting.
She’s another that learnt her craft at Belmont University, and has been making waves in Nashville since graduation. The song was penned by Craig Wiseman and Matt Roy, and has already hit #1 on the iTunes Country Chart and #15 on the all-genre chart.
JASON BENOIT – ‘A LOT ABOUT A LITTLE’
We are sure the aforementioned Travis Tritt would approve of newcomer Jason Benoit’s ‘A Lot About a Little’ which is a throwback to the days when music sounded “like it did back then”. A definite dance hall line-stepper that would sound great at our festival after parties.
Benoit, from Newfoundland, Canada, has been gradually rising through the ranks in the Canadian Country Music Scene since winning the Discovery Atlantic Award at the CCMAs in 2015.
THE STEEL WOODS – ‘ALL OF YOUR STONES’
The title track from The Steel Woods’ third album, which will be released on May 14th.
They lost the co-founder of the band, Jason “Rowdy” Cope, in January aged 42, and the track co-written by Cope serves as a tribute to his influence on the remaining members, and his song writing prowess. He co-wrote six of the ten tracks on the forthcoming release, and formed the band with Wes Bayliss in 2016.
They are one of Nashville’s premier southern rock and outlaw country bands who now comprise of singer Bayliss, bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Isaac Senty.