BARRY GIBB & JASON ISBELL – ‘WORDS OF A FOOL’
We never envisaged a time when we were including Barry Gibb in our weekly round-up of cool country songs, but such is the diverse nature of our genre, that time has come.
The track is the first release from Gibb’s ‘Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1′, which will be released on 8th January 2021. Other guest vocalists include Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Olivia Newton John and Dolly Parton.
Barry Gibb has been a lifetime fan of country and bluegrass, and has enlisted the assistance of Dave Cobb for production duties. The album was recorded in the legendary RCA Studios in Nashville.
SHENANDOAH ft BLAKE SHELTON – ‘THEN A GIRL WALKS IN’
The collaboration album that we have heavily featured over the last few weeks is ‘Every Road’. We have now had the fourth track from the album, featuring Blake Shelton.
The album will be released this coming Friday, and if the tasters are anything to go by, it should be well worth a listen.
BRETT KISSEL – ‘A FEW GOOD STORIES’
The first album release of 2020 was Canadian Brett Kissel’s ‘Now or Never’.
Little did we know, back in January, about the year that we have all had to endure. In common with all of our favourite artists, Brett hasn’t had the opportunity to properly promote the album by performing the songs to a live crowd, and as a result we suspect that the creative output hasn’t had the chance to mature.
‘A Few Good Stories’ is a track from the album. Brett describes it as one of his favourites and a song that best describes his character.
RANDALL KING – ‘HEY MOON’
Another guy we were championing in January was Randall King, who had been signed to Warner Nashville and was expected to break through. It hasn’t quite happened yet, but we remain very hopeful that his new EP ‘Leanna’, available on 11th December, will assist the process.
‘Hey Moon’ is the first release from the project. He’s been compared to George Strait and Keith Whitley, so expect the signature steel and fiddles.
JOSH KERR – ‘PICK YOU UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF’
We have been highlighting the fairly regular single releases of Josh Kerr over the summer months, and he’s back with another typically catchy radio-friendly pop/country track that would really go places with airplay.
He’s a Grammy-winning songwriter who has had songs performed regularly by the A-listers, and he is due to release a full album in the new year.
He’s had a busy year… you may recall that he married Maddie and Tae’s Taylor Dye in February.
ANNIE BOSKO – ‘HEART TO CALL HOME’
We included Annie’s last single, ‘Born To Love You’, in our weekly list back in February, and she has now released another quality track, ‘Heart To Call Home’, which reinforces her growing reputation.
The song is her acknowledgement of the stressful times we all have to endure right now, and the need to turn to family and loved ones. The message is to refocus on family friends, what matters most, and not take them for granted.
BRINLEY ADDINGTON – ‘DECIDING WHO TO BE’
Texan Brindley Addington has released a track that we are hugely enjoying here at YLIAS.
He wrote it back in 2017, and describes it as a song that he comes back to when he is sitting around the house with his guitar, and doesn’t know what to play. He felt it was high time that it was released as a single.
Solid, homegrown country music.
LEE BRICE – ‘SOUL’
Lee Brice’s stellar year has been interrupted by a positive COVID test and a subsequent withdrawal from the CMA Awards, but musically. 2020 couldn’t have gone much better for him.
The new album ‘Hey World’ will be released next Friday, and we now have another track from the project.
His album livestream experience will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube on 20th September with a full band, so mark that date in your diary.
MATT LANG – ‘ONLY A WOMAN (PIANO VERSION)’
The cancellation of C2C 2020 denied us the opportunity to see Matt Lang’s debut UK appearance. He performed at Berlin’s C2C, before he had to fly home early. He has rescheduled dates in the UK beginning on 4th May at Cambridge Junction.
He’s French-Canadian, released an album ‘More’ in the summer, and has now released a new version of ‘Only A Woman’ from that album.
Hopefully the tour can go ahead as planned.