KENNY CHESNEY – ‘FIELDS OF GLORY’
Kenny Chesney would normally be going out on the road with his annual US stadium tour about now, and would have been spending the last few months rehearsing and preparing. The pandemic has put a stop to that. However, Kenny hasn’t allowed the last few months of inactivity to go to waste. He’s been writing and recording new music.
He’s now released a bonus edition of his last album ‘Here and Now’ with four new tracks. We’ve selected ‘Fields Of Glory’ as we think that this has enormous single potential, but we could have chosen any of them!
It’s classic Kenny Chesney.
ADAM SANDERS – ‘DO WHAT WE DO’
Nashville singer-songwriter Adam Sanders is due to release his new album ‘What If I’m Right’ on 21st May, and we have a taster from it. ‘Do What We Do’ is his celebration of the people who work in agriculture and more particularly, livestock farmers.
He wrote the song with Brice Long who has a pedigree with songs for Randy Hauser and Jon Pardi, but also with Jesse Heimer, who himself is a third generation livestock farmer who was able to offer real life input to the writing process.
BROOKE EDEN – ‘GOT NO CHOICE’
We had the pleasure of chatting with Brooke Eden who told us about her forthcoming releases, and we are delighted to highlight her newest track, ‘Got No Choice’
She’s describing the release as her “queer anthem”, having recently decided that she would be entirely honest about her sexuality, having feared a backlash affecting her country music career.
She had been told to “keep your career or stay in your relationship”. Thankfully, she has managed to retain both.
ASHLEY CAMPBELL – ‘HIGHWAYMAN’
This is a Jimmy Webb song that was covered by Glen Campbell on his 1979 album of the same name, and taken to the top of the charts in 1985 for supergroup The Highwaymen featuring Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.
Ashley Campbell always considered the song one of her favourites from her Dad’s collection, and has now reimagined it. It comes from an album called ‘Open Road’ coming 4th August, featuring 30 road trip-inspired songs from various artists.
RANDY ROGERS BAND – ‘CHUPACABRA’
An interesting collaboration between Texas country artists Randy Rogers Band and La Maquinaria Norteña. ‘Chupacabra’ is a legendary blood-sucking creature from North American folklore.
The video, recorded at a dance hall in Cuero, Texas, features the band performing to a keen group of shakers and groovers on the dance floor. Nortena’s front man Keith Niento sings the second verse in Spanish.
Very cool, and well worth a listen!
CLAY WALKER – ‘TEXAS TO TENNESSEE’
The title track from Clay Walker’s new album, coming 30th July, couldn’t be more ‘country’. Awesome guitar, pedal steel and the voice that has powered an extensive 25-year-plus career.
With 11 studio albums and 6 #1 singles in the 1990’s, it’s high time he was back on the charts.
TIM HICKS – ‘HORSES AND HEARTS’
Canadian country artist Tim Hicks is about to release a 7-song collection, ‘Campfire Troubadour’, on May 21st and we are really liking his first taster from the project, ‘Horses and Hearts’, which has a definite Eagles flavour to it.
The mini-album is his first release since June 2020’s ‘Wreck This’ EP, which included his #1 single ‘No Truck Song’, his second chart-topper on the Canadian Country chart.
CHRIS LANE – ‘THAT’S WHAT MOMMAS ARE FOR’
Our friends in the US have just celebrated Mothers Day, and there has been a bunch of ‘mother’ themed songs to celebrate the date.
Chris Lane’s Mothers Day gift to his Mom is this autobiographical tribute. The title was inspired by a comment his Mother made after chastising him about swigging beer on stage, something she disapproved of!
There/s been a batch of new songs just recently from Lane. Check out ‘Fill Them Boots’ and ‘Summer Job Money’ too.
EMMA WHITE – ‘MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS’
Continuing the Mothers Day theme is this lovely emotive ballad from Emma White, which serves as an anthem for Mothers everywhere. The hook is ‘sometimes Mothers and Daughters fight’, but the song is ultimately about the love that they have for each other and the support that a loving Mom provides.
She’s also been prolific with new songs recently. Check out ‘Thirties’ and ‘Never Give Up’.