CAITLYN SMITH – ‘SUPERNOVA’
She’s becoming a regular on our new release highlights list. This is the title track of her highly-anticipated album, which will be available on 13th March. She’s currently supporting Little Big Town before she’s back out on the road with Maren Morris.
Her music is becoming a fixture on an increasing number of playlists.
BUNT FEAT. AUSTIN JENKES – ‘EVERY DAY IS A SONG’
Austin Jenkes is likely to be a huge breakout artist at this year’s C2C. BUNT is the collective name for German producers Levi & Nico, and we are intrigued as to how this collaboration came about.
It’s country EDM with an overdose of banjo and piano, before the electronic beats kick in and take this to another level. One for DJ Hish’s playlist at the C2C after parties!we reckon!
KEITH URBAN – ‘GOD WHISPERED YOUR NAME’
A new Keith Urban song is always hotly-anticipated, but the divergence in styles has not always sat well with the traditionalists over the last couple of years. We cannot see how anyone could possibly have any gripes with this one. It’s destined to be a huge hit.
He’s currently residing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and has been named as the host of this year’s ACM awards at the MGM Grand on April 5th.
THE SHIRES – ‘ABOUT LAST NIGHT’
Ben and Crissie will be very busy in 2020. Their album ‘Good Years’ is set to be released on 13th March and the extensive tour kicks off in Weymouth on 27th April.
We have been treated to another pre-release from the album. ‘About Last Night’ is their new single and stands up against anything released from Nashville.
They will having an album playback and a Q&A session at the upcoming C2C festival.
CAYLEE HAMMACK – ‘SMALL TOWN HYPOCRITE’
Caylee Hammack is signed with Capital Records Nashville and has released a song that may just be the breakout hit of early 2020.
Her profile is very much on the up, and she has been nominated for ‘New Female Artist of the Year’ at the upcoming ACM awards. She’s out on tour with Reba McEntire in the spring and with Luke Bryan in the summer. She’s also fitting in an appearance at next week’s C2C so don’t miss her.
RANDY ROGERS & WADE BOWEN – ‘RODEO CLOWN’
Country music from Texas. ‘Hold My Beer Volume 2’ will be with us soon. It’s been 5 years since Volume 1.
‘Rodeo Clown’, written by Chris Dubois and David Lee, is the lead single from the project, which is described as a “comedic take on heartbreak” and is the latest output from a collaboration and friendship that extends back over the last decade.
GABE LEE – ‘EMMYLOU’
Nashville native and up-and-coming singer songwriter Gabe Lee is due to release his second album on 13th March, which is shaping up to be a great week for new albums.
‘Honky Tonk Hell’ is the title, and to date we have been treated to 2 tasters from it. The title track came out a couple of weeks ago, and we now have the piano-based, soulful ‘Emmylou’ to keep the anticipation high.
He’s receiving high praise from the US country press who see him as a huge prospect.
FILMORE – ‘BLUE SKIES’
He made his UK debut at Buckle & Boots a couple of years ago. We have featured his music an our highlights lists previously, and have expressed surprise that he hasn’t yet made the breakthrough that he should have made in the US.
‘Blue Skies’ is another track that has commercial radio-friendly hooks and vibe, and is massively easy on the ear. He’s performing at C2C before 6 dates supporting Twinnie, beginning on 17th March.
ERIC ETHRIDGE – ‘DREAM GIRL’
One for the pop-country crowd. Dan + Shay wrote the song, and Canadian Eric Ethridge is another new name to check out.
He’s been releasing music for the last 5 years, splitting his time between country music and medicine. He’s also a doctor.
‘Dream Girl’ has the Dan + Shay familiar instant likeability and summer feel.
ASHLEY MCBRYDE – ‘FIRST THING I REACH FOR’
Her album is going to be huge and her appearance at this year’s ‘The Long Road’ will be very special. This is arguably the most ‘country’ that Ashley has ever been. Loretta Lynn or Patsy Cline could be singing this one.
Those of us who have followed her career over the past couple of years have been privileged to see her perform in small intimate venues. This isn’t going to last, guys.