Here are our selections from the last few weeks, showcasing the depth and strength of the music that we all love…
RUSTON KELLY – ‘ALL TOO WELL’ (COVER)
Originally written and recorded by Taylor Swift and featured on her ‘Red’ album, this is a fine cover by Ruston Kelly. It was first teased in January when Kelly posted a brief snippet on a video. We now have the full 5 and a half minute version. No news yet on a follow up to his debut ‘Dying Star’.
DAN & SHAY – ‘10,000 HOURS’ (FEATURING JUSTIN BIEBER)
They won’t need much help from their promo team on this one. It’s going to be massive anyway. It’s a natural extension to their music to introduce a pure pop artist to feature, and there isn’t anyone more high-profile than Justin Bieber.
The new Mrs Bieber features in the video, so we are guessing that the view count won’t be modest!
Our boys have announced their first stadium tour in the US so we may not see them over here for a while.
BREE DOSTER – ‘BACK TO WHAT BROKE ME’
One to watch out for. Bree Doster has just released a 6-song self-titled debut EP for High West records.
They are pushing this track as the introductory single and it’s a little gem. A summer romance that didn’t end as she would have liked forms the story line for her first foray into the country music spotlight.
STEVE MOAKLER – ‘ONE ON THE WAY’
This is one of three tracks that has been released from Steve Moakler’s sixth album ‘Blue Jeans’.
You might recall last year’s classic ‘Steel Town’ with it’s iconic video. There’s no better storyteller, and if this is the standard that he set’s for the new album, it should be a cracker.
THE ROADS BELOW – ‘GOOD WHEN IT’S GONE’
A new 4-piece band that market themselves firmly in the pop-country bracket. ‘Good When It’s Gone’ is the second single release from the guys who hail from Arkansas and Los Angeles.
SPENCER CRANDALL – ‘MY PERSON’
Spencer Crandall has been performing with Dustin Lynch, Lanco, Big & Rich, Scotty McCreery and Josh Turner. Nashville-based but originally a Colorado native, Crandall has released another radio-friendly pop-country entry into our highlights list.
TENILLE ARTS – ‘SOMEBODY LIKE THAT’
To demonstrate the fact that the US doesn’t always have the monopoly on good country music, we’ve directed our attention north of the border. In particular, Alberta, Canada and Tenille Arts.
Her new single ‘Somebody Like That’ is described as a reflection the love given by family and grandparents.
DEVIN DAWSON – ‘TRUCK I DROVE IN HIGH SCHOOL’
You may have seen Devin performing his song ‘Gods Country’ with Blake Shelton on the CMA Fest telecast. He’s created his #MyTake series which features his versions of songs he wrote for other artists.
This is the second track, ‘Truck I Drove In High School’, originally featured on Mitchell Tenpenny’s last studio album.
He’s touring in Europe through October, but no UK dates unfortunately. He then returns to the states, supporting Kip Moore on his acoustic tour.
CANAAN SMITH – ‘LIFE AIN’T FAIR’
Canaan’s just become a Dad. He’s been out on tour with FGL in the states and he has just released a new single, so it’s been a pretty good year so far!
This track is pretty awesome. If Luke Combs recorded this it would be massive. Let’s hope radio get behind this. If they do, we have a huge single here.
MIKE RYAN – ‘DEAR COUNTRY MUSIC‘
We finish this week with a country music anthem from Texan artist Mike Ryan. If you are reading this as a dedicated country fan, the lyrics will resonate. This is the definitive tribute to the genre we all love.