New Release Round-Up: May 21st

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KELLEIGH BANNEN – ‘THE OPTIMIST’

We could all do with a little extra optimism right now and Kelleigh Bannen supplies it in spades with this exquisite ballad that showcases her talent as one of the emerging females in Nashville.

She said that this was only intended originally as a home demo, but decided to share it with the world.

We often talk about our country artists migrating to Nashville. No such hardship for Kelleigh, who was born there and is currently the host of the podcast, ‘Today’s Country’.

HIGH VALLEY – ‘ONE DAY YOU’LL GET IT’

High Valley have a new EP, ‘Grew Up On That’, coming later this week and this is a track that will feature on it.

Their identity is up-beat crowd anthems that sound so energising in a live setting. This is something of a change in tempo. A mid-range tune that is more striking for the lyrics and the message.

They describe it as a song for their kids, and it’s a worthy addition to this week’s list.

CAROLINE MARQUARD – ‘NEVER SHOULD’VE LEFT’

Singer-songwriter Caroline Marquard’s new single is another quality ballad that graces our list.

Born in Switzerland, she and her family moved to the States when she was a small child. She has made Nashville her home, and is preparing to release her debut EP. This is a taster from it.

She built up a healthy following of YouTube followers by playing covers, but we now get to hear her own music, and we look forward to checking out the EP.

JOHN BAUMANN – ‘THE COUNTRY DOESN’T SOUND THE SAME’

For every optimist there is the pessimist, and the man with the glass half empty this week is John Baumann, who is lamenting that the world is not moving in his preferred direction!

Beginning as an overview of the current musical direction that our genre is taking, the song moves on to address the social and political direction that the U.S. is taking.

CHRIS KLAFFORD – ‘LOST SOMEONE’

The international spread of our music extends to Sweden this week. In 2017 he won the 13th session of the Swedish ‘Idol’ series, and also competed in the 14th series of ‘Americas Got Talent’ where he was eliminated in the semi-finals.

He’s a big star in his homeland. His performance of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ is one of the most viewed on YouTube, and ‘Lost Someone’ is a glimmer of hope, particularly for those who are dealing with the ramifications of the current pandemic.  

CROWDER – ‘NIGHT LIKE THIS (SUNDOWN TIME)

It’s time to feature a good old fashioned, up-beat, happy country song and Crowder’s ‘Night Like This’ features plenty of sunshine.

David Wallace Crowder is an American Contemporary Christian music singer who is signed to Sparrow Records.

If you like your country music with plenty of traditional instrumentation, you should be fine with this one.

EASTON CORBIN – ‘TURN UP’

We featured Easton’s remake of his 10 year old #1 song ‘A Little More Country Than That’ a couple of weeks ago. He’s now released a track that he hopes will propel him back into the current charts.

‘Turn Up’ is a track he describes as the perfect accompaniment to everyone’s living room dance party.

He parted ways with Mercury Nashville in 2018 and is now releasing music independently. The single is from an upcoming EP, which he says “will be getting back to my roots”.

RALLEIGH KEEGAN – ‘STRAWBERRY MOON’

No stranger to our weekly lists, Raleigh Keegan continues to produce quality music.

We were impressed with ‘The Cover’ back in January, and the Cincinnati native returns with ‘Strawberry Moon’, which he composed with his pal Mitch Oglesby in his basement during lockdown.

He’s another of the underbelly of Nashville-based artists who are striving for the song that will take them up into the next level.

NOAH SCHNACKY – ‘COMEBACK’

One of two tracks released by Noah Schnacky this week. The other is the mellow ‘Where’d You Go’.

You will probably be aware that he has the backing of Big Machine, who see his potential as a country artist, although he will be no stranger to the US fans who remember him as a host of Radio Disney’s talk show, ‘Kids Concerns’, for seven years and his various TV and live performances.

LEE BRICE – ‘HEY WORLD’

To finish off our list, we return to a song that also stems from the current predicament. Lee Brice’s ‘Hey World’ is introspective, and probably sums up just what lots of us are experiencing right now.

“Hey world, leave me alone. I don’t wanna turn on the TV ain’t nothing but bad news on”

The music video was shot at Brice’s home in Nashville and features him playing piano before moving to his living room to embrace his kids.

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