KEB’MO’ FT. OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – ‘MEDICINE MAN’
We have all had to endure the virtual shut down of the live music industry. In that time, we have highlighted numerous tunes that reflect the times we’re living in, but none as up-beat and compelling as this collaboration between Keb’Mo’ and the guys from Old Crow.
Keb’ states that he was taking time out with his family in California watching Dr Fauci on TV when he had the idea for ‘Medicine Man’, which he wrote in 15 minutes. He sent the song to Ketch Secor, lead singer of Old Crow, and the collaboration was born. We certainly need the ‘Medicine Man’ more than ever right now.
HUNTER HAYES – ‘IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND’
This is part of Hunter’s upcoming ‘Red Sky (Part II)’ album and follows the lead single ‘The One That Got Away’, which we featured last month in our weekly highlights list.
It’s an orchestral pop anthem with a country theme – good things come to those that wait. Check out the video with the extravagant ‘Great Gatsby’ theme, directed by Bia Jurema.
THE SPRINGS – ‘FROM SCRATCH’
We have featured husband and wife country collaboration The Springs a few times previously and have been impressed with the quality of their output. Their latest release ‘From Scratch’ is a song from the heart.
Stewart and Holly Halcomb are expecting their first child very shortly. Performed in traditional country fashion with a guitar accompaniment, they describe this as the first song about their baby boy. Congratulations guys!
FILMORE – ‘GOOD THING’
Another extremely catchy release from Curb Records artist, Filmore. It’s the first of a bunch of new songs that he is intending to release in the coming months, and will maintain momentum until the industry opens up to live performances. Written with Geoff Warburton and Zach Abend, it’s his take on the memories he shared with a former flame.
Filmore was a part of the recent ‘Hot Country Nights: Homegrown Series’ held at Ballpark Village in St Louis, the home of the St Louis Cardinals, which followed strict Covid-19 Protocol.
TYLER HALVERSON – ‘MAC MILLER’
We featured the debut single from South Dakota native Tyler Halverson last month and mentioned that he was intending to release a batch of singles to increase his profile. He’s kept his word with the release of this banjo and harmonica-driven tune that will have your feet tapping.
Don’t miss his debut track ‘Beer Garden Baby’ – this is a guy with a huge amount of promise.
DILLON CARMICHAEL – ‘LUCKY MAN’
The song was recorded my Montgomery Gentry in January 2007 and was the second single from the legendary duo’s ‘Some People Change’ album. It was written by David Corey Lee and Dave Turnbull, and became a third #1 and a Grammy nominated hit for MG.
They released a new version with Darius Rucker in 2018, but this version here is the new single from up-and-coming country crooner Dillon Carmichael. and it’s been produced by Jon Pardi.
Dillon is the nephew of Eddie Montgomery and seems destined to maintain the family country music line.
DUSTIN LYNCH FT. MACKENZIE PORTER – ‘THINKING ‘BOUT YOU’
The song was originally a duet with Lauren Alaina, and featured on Dustin’s January 2020 studio album ‘Tullahoma’. He decided to introduce a new female vocalist when it was selected for his next single release, and issued a call for auditions via his social media channels.
He didn’t seek any information about the singers and treated it as a blind audition. The process led to the collaboration with Canadian country artist MacKenzie Porter, who we featured last year with her ‘Seeing Other People’ single.
Dustin Lynch appears to have the Midas touch in relation to chart success, so it’s good to see MacKenzie getting the showcase that her talents deserve.
THE HOBBS SISTERS – ‘WHAT IF IT WAS’
Lauren and Hannah Hobbs from Pittsburgh have been steadily building a career in Nashville despite the pandemic restrictions. They had already opened for Brett Eldredge, Lady A and Charlie Daniels before the live events were shut down, but have continued to release quality music. We were impressed with ‘Never Find Another’ last March and are equally taken with their new single ‘What If I Was’, which dropped last week.
Great harmonies and production. A really nice song to boot. Keep an check on their progress.
BRELAND FT. MICKEY GUYTON – ‘CROSS COUNTRY’
It’s certainly been a week of collaborations, and we finish up with Daniel Breland’s remake of his single ‘Cross Country’ with Mickey Guyton. You may recall Breland’s single ‘My Truck’ with Sam Hunt.
‘Cross Country’ was originally released last month without Mickey’s involvement, but it was always the intention that she would be a part of the song. Her involvement in the Grammys and the impending birth of her child stifled promotional work, but the song is now released in the way it was planned.