KIP MOORE – ‘DON’T GO CHANGING’
This is a track from Kip’s ‘Wild World Deluxe’ album, which will be released on 12th February 2021, and he’s aiming to raise awareness of the perilous state of the venues that artists regularly play in.
The video was shot in the vacant clubs in Nashville that featured in Robert Altman’s 1975 film ‘Nashville’, including Exit/In owned by Chris Cobb, where the live performance takes place.
The song was penned with Blair Daly and Westin Davis.
NATE BARNES – ‘YOU AIN’T PRETTY’
A new artist and a debut song. He’s from Michigan, and has recently signed with fledgling label Quartz Hill Records, recently formed in Nashville by Benny and Paul Brown, together with Jimmy Yeary.
Nate was a blue-collar power plant worker, cleaning toilets and driving buses at aged 18, and progressed to digging trenches and laying pipelines.
The music was very much part-time, but he had a chance meeting with songwriter Jason Sellers whilst passing through Nashville on his way to vacation in Gatlinburg. Introductions were made to the Quartz guys, who were looking for a talent to nurture, and here we are. The release of a very credable debut single.
EMILY ANN ROBERTS – ‘CHANGE MY TUNE’ (ACOUSTIC)
One of the very few positives of 2020 has been our introduction to the music of Emily Ann Roberts. We loved ‘How’s The Car Running’ back in March. It’s still one of our favourite tracks of the year.
She’s back with another quality entry on our weekly list. It’s released in two formats – one has the full band backing, and the other version is acoustic. We actually prefer the latter.
She finished second on ‘The Voice’, and was mentored by Blake Shelton. She’s already appeared at the Opry, and hopefully her breakthrough won’t be too far away.
ERIC CHURCH – ‘THROUGH MY RAY BANS’
The song is a tribute to the victims and survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas. It’s also a message of hope that live music will soon return.
“Where there were roars, now there are just echoes”
It’s another pre-release from his forthcoming album, and the fifth taster we have had from that album.
THE WILD FEATHERS – ‘MY TRUTH’
We featured Nashville-based band The Wild Feathers three weeks ago when they released ‘Fire’ from their album ‘Medium Rarities’, which will be with us on 20th November.
They have now given us another taster. ‘My Truth’ is one of three new songs that feature on an album that mainly contains B-Sides, demos and covers.
It’s self-produced, and was written by the band in an hour and a half. They describe it as the “sound of the band without any outside influences”.
JOSH DORR – ‘GIRL TALK’
Josh Dorr has been on the radar for a number of years. He was a previous entry on Rolling Stone’s ‘Country Artists You Need To Know’ list, but to date the breakthrough record hasn’t been delivered.
He’s based in Nashville and has been finding his footing as a song-writer. Originally from Wyoming, he’s recently been working with Jordan Davis, and you will see his name credited on Jordan’s ‘Lose You’ .
‘Girl Talk’ is the new single that he is pushing to radio.
KATIE PRUITT – ‘AFTER THE GOLD RUSH’
Katie released her debut album ‘Expectations’ on Rounder Records in February this year, and has now released two tracks which are covers of Neil Young classics – ‘After The Gold Rush’ and ‘Ohio’. Both were released by Young back in 1970.
’After The Gold Rush’, a favourite of a friend who died from cancer recently, was recorded for its spiritual qualities. She also learnt that she was due to open for Neil Young in September last year.
She’s currently nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association.
TYLER BRADEN – ‘SECRET’
Tyler is signed with Warner Music Nashville, and we have been following his development. He released his debut single ‘Brother’ in March, and followed it up with ‘Love is a Dead End Road’ which has had in excess of a million YouTube views.
It’s difficult to break a new artist without the ability to properly promote and appear in a live setting, but we anticipate a big push when times return to normality.
‘Secret’ is self-penned, and the video expands upon the story that he began in his previous single. Directed by Dustin Haney, it’s another tale that deals with small town anonymity.
BART CROW – ‘PRETTY GOOD HEART’ EP
Bart Crow is from Maypearl, Texas, and has been developing quite a reputation on the Texas Country scene.
As an independent artist, he’s had six singles top the Texas Music Chart, and we suspect that this new 5-track EP will follow suit.
Like many artists, he is targeting 2021 for extensive tours and promotions for the new record. ‘Boots’ was released as the first single from the new project, and we feature the music video below.