WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN – ‘PLEASE COME TO BOSTON’
In a perfect world, William Michael Morgan would be returning to our shores soon to perform for his growing UK fan base. Sadly this won’t be possible just yet, but we are able to highlight a track that will feature on his forthcoming acoustic classic covers album.
‘Please Come To Boston’ was a top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for singer songwriter Dave Loggins (cousin of Kenny Loggins) in August 1974. It’s been covered since by a batch of country singers, including Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks and Glen Campbell.
AJ KROSS – ‘IT CAN WAIT’
A new name for our weekly list. AJ Kross is certainly one of the artists to watch in 2021. He’s from Oregon, born into a musical family who toured the Pacific Northwest performing Gospel music. AJ’s passion was country music and he chased his dream by moving to Nashville aged 21, and began to develop his songwriting and singing career with his peers.
He has released a debut EP entitled ‘People Gonna Talk’, and his new single ‘It Can Wait’ will definitely help to raise his profile.
ERIC DODD – ‘RIGHT WHERE YOU LEFT IT’
The talent pool in Nashville is overflowing. Another aspiring country star is Eric Dodd from Greensboro, Georgia, who had the enviable choice of pursuing a career as a golf pro or country artist. Fortunately for us, he chose music, but we reckon he could give Darius and Charles a run for their money on the golf course!
He was a CMT discovery artist in 2016 and has already opened for Sam Hunt, Old Dominion and Jake Owen. ‘Right Where You Left It’ is described as a song that deals with coming to a crossroads in a serious relationship.
JULIA COLE – ‘MY HOME TOO (MY VOICE TO)’
Julia Cole is self-described as “Shania Twain meets DIPLO”, which seems pretty accurate to us. Soulful, mainstream pop-country which seems to be right at home on country radio.
She’s originally from Houston, Texas and has opened for Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney, so is definitely moving in the right circles. Julia’s already made it across to the UK, too. She appeared at ‘Nashville Meets London’ at Pizza Express in Holborn alongside our very own Jake Morrell in March 2019.
TRISTON MAREZ FT. RONNIE DUNN – ‘WHERE THE NEON LIES’
Triston Marez is gearing up to release his debut album on April 16th, and we are treated to a taster featuring the legendary Ronnie Dunn.
Marez says that he grew up in Texas on a diet of Brooks & Dunn on the local radio, and it was a dream to sing a duet with his hero. ‘Where the Neon Lies’ is a song with a traditional flavour, penned with Chris Dubois and Lyn Hutton.
The 12-track album will feature songs written by Chris Stapleton and Gabe Lee, and is one of the most highly anticipated of the year.
RONNIE MILSAP – ‘WILD HONEY’
Ronnie released his first album in 1971 and has been at the forefront of country music, particularly in the 70’s and 80’s. 6 Grammy Awards and 35 #1 hits on the country charts. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is still releasing new music and taking centre stage aged 78.
‘Wild Honey’ is a an up-beat foot tapper that proves the country legend isn’t ready to leave the spotlight just yet.
ALLISON PONTHIER – ‘COWBOY’
Many artists make the move from Texas to Nashville, but Allison Ponthier had intended to move to New York City, which forms the backstory for her debut single, released on Interscope Records. It’s a very dreamy country-pop track that becomes a real grower.
The video is also pretty bold and memorable, directed by Jordan Bahat who has worked previously with Christine and the Queens.
JACK INGRAM, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JON RANDALL – ‘TIN MAN’
Miranda’s won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album, and is about to release a new acoustic project titled ‘The Marfa Tapes’ with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
‘Tin Man’ was originally featured on her sixth studio album ‘The Weight of These Wings’ and was penned by Ingram and Randall, so it’s natural that it features as a lead track on the new record. It was recorded in Marfa, Texas outdoors and Miranda said that “you could hear the wind blowing and the cows mooing”.
The 15-song collection will be released on May 7th.
SEAN STEMALY – ‘HELLO, YOU UP’
Sean Stemaly was added to Big Loud Records’ roster in August 2019 and has been opening for his more established label mates including Morgan Wallen, Hardy and Chris Lane. He’s from Kentucky, and took the well-trodden road to Nashville where he has been honing his craft and writing songs.
‘Hello You Up’ is his latest release and his first single to hit #1 on the iTunes country chart.