It seems that the releases may abate somewhat over the next few months as artists and record companies re-schedule in the face of the ever-increasing global pandemic. There’s also a downturn in sales and streaming stats, which is surprising with ever-increasing home and non-work time.
The heavy hitters are noticeably absent from our release lists this week, but that doesn’t mean that the quality is degraded. The artists may not be household names, but the music that they produce deserves to be exposed and this would appear to be the time when it’s right to do so.
EMILY ANN ROBERTS – ‘HOW’S THE CAR RUNNING’
‘The Voice’ has provided a showcase for aspiring US country artists, many of whom have chosen to be mentored by Blake Shelton. Emily Ann Roberts from Knoxville, Tennessee posted a YouTube video in early 2015 of her singing Carrie’s ‘Something In The Water’. It was seen by a casting producer on ‘The Voice’, and she was invited to audition.
She performed Lee Ann Womack’s ‘I Hope You Dance’ and she chose Blake. She did well; very well. She finished runner up to Jordan Smith. It opened doors including the Opry, and she has struck a deal with Starstruck Records.
‘How’s The Car Running’ is the latest release, and it’s superb.
CRAIG CAMPBELL – ‘IT’S ABOUT TIME’
Bigger Picture Music Group artist Craig Campbell’s new single, ‘It’s About Time’, is his first for two years and it’s been worth the wait.
He’s also collaborated with Cyprus Hill and Demun Jones, on a song called ‘Take Me Back’ in the last few days, but we are happy to highlight his country track.
It’s been seven years since he released his last album ‘Never Regret’ .
ALANA SPRINGSTEEN – ‘THINK ABOUT YOU’
Alana Springsteen from Virginia Beach is another of the aspiring female country singers in Nashville waiting for the breakthrough. Her new single featuring Filmore, who many will recall from his 2018 appearance at Buckle and Boots, is a quality piano ballad.
She released her debut EP in June, and her music is attracting the heavy-hitters, with this single being featured in Billboard.
EMILY HACKETT – ‘MY VERSION OF A LOVE SONG’
And the quality keeps on coming. A perfect, uplifting tune for a home lockdown. Emily Hackett has released this alongside ‘Hangovers and Heartbreak’.
Nashville has such a talent pool especially ladies of country music, and Georgian Emily Hackett is surely poised to break through.
LONESTAR – ‘LOVE LIVES ON’
You may recall Lonestar’s huge world hit, ‘Amazed’, back in 1999.
They have now released a song which is a homage to US Servicemen and have teamed up with Vince Gill who appears with Billy Ray Cyrus and John Rich. The song appears on a 10-track album which honours the lives and dedication of all servicemen and women, and the sacrifice of fallen military heroes.
THE HOBBS SISTERS – ‘NEVER FIND ANOTHER’
Another new name to many, we guess.
Hannah and Lauren Hobbs from Pittsburgh are twin sisters and have already opened for Charlie Daniels and Lady Antebellum…
TRACE ADKINS – ‘BETTER OFF’
Written by high-profile songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Corey Crowder and Liz Rose, this is Trace’s first single on new label Verge Records. He seems to be reinvigorated and raring to go.
His upcoming tour was due to kick off mid-April in the States, but that has now fallen victim to the outbreak. The video for this song was filmed hours before the tornado hit Nashville just a few blocks away.
TEDDY ROBB – ‘ME ON YOU’
You may recall ‘Really Shouldn’t Drink Around You’ which was written by Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Teddy Robb is back with ‘Me On You’.
He’s another who has had to cancel his upcoming tour in the States, so the exposure for his new music emanates from social media only.
GRETCHEN PETERS – ‘WHY YOU BEEN GONE SO LONG’
This one’s taken from her album ‘The Night You Wrote That Song’, a tribute to the songs of the late Mickey Newbury, which will released on 15th May.
Gretchen Peters is one of country music’s eminent singer-songwriters and her 2015 ‘Blackbirds’ album was voted International Album of the year and Song of the Year.
Mickey Newbury is another Hall of Fame songwriter and has influenced the works of many of our Nashville favourites.