The new releases keep on coming! A healthy mixture of the established and upcoming country artists featured as usual…
MITCHELL TENPENNY – ‘SOMEONE YOU LOVED’
We are very familiar with this particular track in the UK. It’s the Lewis Capaldi song covered with passion by Mitchell Tenpenny.
It’s essentially a charity single. Proceeds will go to ‘There’s Comfort in Giving’, a program that will help donate meals to healthcare professionals. He has joined forces with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Sony Music Nashville to make this happen.
The song seems made for Tenpenny’s vocal delivery.
RASCAL FLATTS – ‘THROUGH THE YEARS’
Another cover. This time a tribute the late and great Kenny Rogers. More particularly, a cover of his 1981 hit ‘Through The Years’. They performed the song at ‘CMT Giants: Kenny Rogers – A Benefit for MusiCares’.
Worth pointing out that this song was not a massive hit in the country charts but a #1 for Kenny in the pop charts, and helped cement his cross over appeal.
It’s hugely reminiscent of the soul/R&B vocal harmonies of the early 80’s. Circa Atlantic Star, and this is the style that Gary and the boys have recreated.
THE SWON BROTHERS – ‘MOMMAS’
We have highlighted the continuing quality releases emanating from these guys in our past weekly lists. They rarely fail to hit the spot but chart success evades them.
This is Zach and Colton’s tribute to ‘Mommas’ everywhere. Check out the video, which features photographs of mothers sent in from fans all over the US.
LOGAN MIZE & DONOVAN WOODS – ‘GREW APART’
Donovan Woods, who is another artist that we have highlighted previously, has teamed up with Logan Mize for this upbeat track that deals with a breakup.
Woods, who wrote it but didn’t relate to it and didn’t feel that he could record it, he sent it to his buddy Logan Mize who convinced him to duet. It’s a banger, and one of our tunes of the week here at YLIAS.
JONATHAN LEE – ‘BOURBON BIBLE’
Nashville-based singer songwriter Jonathan Lee makes our new release list with this traditional country fare that mixes booze, religion and the loss of the girl. Written by Camron Faulkner, a school teacher, about 10 years ago.
HAYLEY ORRANTIA – ‘MADE FOR THIS’
A really lovely song by actress, singer and songwriter Hayley Orrantia, who played Erica Goldburg on the ABC comedy series ‘The Goldburgs’ and was also a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country pop group that was assembled and mentored by Paula Abdul on the first series of the US X Factor.
She’s been recording solo since 2015, and released an EP in May last year.
She wrote this song in praise of her mom, who offered support and guidance throughout her recent ups and downs.
SUNNY SWEENEY – ‘POET’S PRAYER’
You just know that a contribution from Sunny Sweeney will be the very best quality, and this is no exception.
She has dedicated this song to her friends that she misses on the road, and the fans who often travel long distances to be at the shows. We will certainly relish the opportunity to experience live music again. For now, check out the video that she has released to support this song recorded in Nashville.
It’s just been announced that Sunny will be appearing at The Long Road Festival next year.
TRAVIS COLLINS – ‘RAINY DAY’
Our worldwide search for quality country music extends this week to Australia, and Travis Collins.
Travis is a former Australian male artist of the year, and has already had 2 of his albums top the Aussie country charts.
It’s a song written and performed in memory and honour of the friends and family that we’ve lost too soon, and it’s a worthy addition to our top 10 list.
LORI MCKENNA – ‘WHEN YOU’RE MY AGE’
The Nashville A-list writing circle have combined again to produce another gem. Featuring Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, and produced by Dave Cobb, this is a track that will feature on Lori’s forthcoming album ‘The Balladeer’.
It’s a love letter to her children about the passage of time.
The video was recorded at Nasville’s RCA Studio A.
BRETT YOUNG – ‘LADY’
We will finish with a track that will certainly receive more attention from country radio than most of the other tunes featured here.
Brett Young has recorded a tribute to his infant daughter and a love letter to his wife. The steady rhythm that you hear at the start and end of the record is daughter Presley’s heartbeat, recorded when wife Taylor was two months pregnant.
The song was written with Jon Nite and Ross Copperman, and will be a huge hit for Brett.