GRACE POTTER – ‘EACH OTHER’
This one features Jackson Brown, Marcus King and Lucius. We will increasing see how the Covid-19 pandemic has influenced songwriters in the weeks and months to come.
“I don’t know where we are going, but if the going gets rough, we’ve got each other… And for now, that’s enough.”
The song was produced by Grace’s husband Eric Valentine, who also produced her recent album ‘Daylight’.
AMERICAN YOUNG – ‘SAY IT TO ME SOBER’
Jon and Kristy have been regular visitors to the UK over the last few years. They have played at the majority of our country festivals and have toured extensively.
Their recent releases have deserved more attention on both sides of the pond, and ‘Say It To Me Sober’ is the best of the batch of new records from the duo, who are signed with Curb Records in Nashville.
If this song was recorded by Lady A or Little Big Town, it would be huge.
JOSH ABBOTT BAND – ‘THE LUCKIEST’
Josh Abbott Band are part of the ‘Concert In Your Car’ line-up, which is taking place in Arlington, Texas between the 4th-7th June, which is a novel way of performing live during the current lock down.
It will be interesting to see the feedback from this and whether it’s something that we could look to emulate here in the UK.
In the meantime, JAB have released what they describe as a heartfelt toast to all the reasons that a man can feel lucky.
JOHN KING – ‘EASY’
Georgian John King almost broke through in 2014 when his debut single ‘Tonight Tonight’ hit the top 40, and he also earned plaudits as a songwriter in 2016 with ‘We Went’, recorded by Randy Houser.
His latest release, ‘Easy’, is receiving plenty of streams at the usual outlets and is one of our current faves.
THE WANDERING HEARTS – ‘OVER YOUR BODY’
They are gearing up for the release of their self-titled new album on the 14th August, and this is a taster single from it.
The album was recorded in Woodstock, New York at the start of the year, and if this track is typical of the album, it certainly seems to be a slight shift towards the folk/americana style. We look forward to hearing more!
JORDAN RAGER –‘SOMEBODY’S SUMMER’
He’s another Georgian native featuring on our weekly list.
The sun is shining, the lockdowns easing at the beaches are open. It’s time for some happy summer songs and this is our pick to start the party.
MAC MCANALLY FT. DRAKE WHITE – ‘ONCE IN A LIFETIME’
Not exactly the combination that we would have expected. It’s the culmination of a chance meeting at a breakfast bar, and a writing session that was thereafter arranged.
It’s also the title track from Mac’s forthcoming album, which will be released on 31st July on Mailboat Records, which is built around guitar and percussion and influenced by McAnally’s work with Jimmy Buffett, who also features.
WILL HOGE – ‘ EVEN THE RIVER RUNS OUT OF THIS TOWN’
We have always been a huge fan of Will Hoge, particularly his ‘Small Town Dreams’ album in 2015 which deserved much more commercial success.
Will’s been diversifying somewhat recently. He released his politically-charged ‘My American Dream’ album in 2018, and has toured with punk rock band Social Distortion.
He’s now gearing up for the release of his next album, ‘Tiny Little Movies’, on 26th June, and having now heard a couple of tunes from that record including this latest release, it certainly seems to be a return to classic Will Hoge.
CODY JINKS – ‘WATCH THE WORLD DIE’
A new song from Cody Jinks is always big news for the traditionalists.
Cody’s take on the pandemic leaves little room for optimism. A song of this nature won’t be the go-to song for a pick-me-up, but Cody wrote and recorded it before Covid hit the news, when his ‘I’m Not The Devil’ album was about to be released.
BRETT ELDREDGE – ‘GOOD DAY’
We couldn’t finish on such a negative vibe, and by way of an antidote, we present Brett Eldredge’s ‘Good Day’, which we think is one of the best songs he has ever released.
It’s a track from his soon-to-be-released album, ‘Sunday Drive’, which will be with us on 10th July.
It’s his first studio album in 3 years, and this track follows on from 3 tracks that were released a couple of weeks ago. All high quality material.