THE SHIRES FT. JIMMIE ALLEN – ‘ON THE DAY I DIE’
This was originally the second track on their 2020 album ‘Good Years’. There were a batch of songs on that album that deserve greater exposure, and ‘On the Day I Die’ falls into that category.
The new version has also had a makeover with the addition of Jimmie Allen, whose vocals give the track a definite pop-R&B vibe whilst retaining the glorious harmonies that we associate with Ben and Crissie.
CHASE BRYANT – ‘EVEN NOW’
It’s been a traumatic few years for Chase Bryant since his earlier breakthrough with two top 10 singles and tours with Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw.
He succumbed to his demons for three years when he put his music career on hold, culminating in a failed suicide attempt. Thankfully, he has since managed to turn things around.
He’s now set to release his long-delayed solo album ‘Upbringing’ on 16th July which includes this taster ’Even Now’, written with Jessi Alexander and Joe Haydel.
MITCHELL TENPENNY – ‘TO US IT DID’
Mitchell debuted this song at the Grand Ole Opry and the song will be performed on his upcoming tour, which begins on May 7th in Sarasota. It seems an age since we were able to report on new tours, but the US live scene seems to be coming back again.
The song relates to the years he spent growing up in small town America, detailing the highs and the lows. The song was co-written with Jordan Schmidt and Hardy.
JADEN HAMILTON – ‘HEAVEN’S JUKEBOX’
Jaden’s from Prairieville, Louisiana and has garnered a huge following on TikTok, which is frequently becoming the social media platform of choice to break new artists.
‘Heavens Jukebox’ is a traditional slice of country music written with Ryan Beaver and Jared Keim. He is passionate about his love for country music and states that his “dream is slowly becoming his life”.
JOHN KING – ‘FOR YOU’
Another Country artist who has a full list of touring dates is Georgian John King, whose new release ‘For You’ is well worthy of an inclusion in our weekly highlights list.
He’s developing a reputation as a performer and songwriter. He co-wrote Randy Houser’s ‘We Want’, and ‘Rollin’ was included on Hootie and the Blowfish’s recent album. His new track was co-written with Curt Gibbs and will Nuance.
King is signed with Starstruck Entertainment, who have Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson amongst their large roster.
CHRIS LANE – ‘SUMMER JOB MONEY’
The new tracks are coming thick and fast from Chris Lane. Last week’s ‘Fill Them Boots’ has now been supplemented with ‘Summer Job Money’, which relates to the days when Lane was working as a landscaper. He states that he is a huge Kenny Chesney fan and wanted this song to mirror Kenny, who he describes as the “king of the nostalgic summer style”.
It’s an exciting time for Chris, who is due to become a father when his partner Lauren gives birth to a baby boy in June.
STURGILL SIMPSON – ‘PARADISE’
‘Paradise’ first appeared on John Prine’s self titled debut album 50 years ago, and has been reworked by Sturgill Simpson for inclusion on the upcoming ‘Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows Vol 2‘ album, coming this Autumn. The song deals with the effects of strip mining on a town in Kentucky.
In keeping with Simpson’s latest musical output, the rendition is in a bluegrass style and features the same musicians that were used on his recent ‘Cuttin’ Grass’ project.
SMITHFIELD – ‘SOMETHING SEXY’
Smithfield are Jennifer Fielder and Trey Smith, and their new single ‘Something Sexy’ will appear on a forthcoming EP. They are both from musical families in Texas, who knew each other for the whole of their lives. They formed the duo and moved to Nashville in 2012.
The song tips its hat to iconic country love songs by namechecking tunes from Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.
TRACE ADKINS – ‘HEARTBREAK SONG’
Trace is gearing up for the release of his 13th album and has shared a new track ‘Heartbreak Song’, an up-beat track that will sound awesome live. Written by Greg Crowe, Johnny Garcia and Adam Wood.
He’s approaching the 25th anniversary of his debut album ‘Still Dreamin’ Out Loud’ and has sold over 11 million records and charted 25 singles. He’s also appeared in numerous films and TV series throughout a long and prolific acting career.