JUSTIN MOORE – ‘WE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH’
Justin’s gearing up for the release of his sixth (currently untitled) album, and we have a first taster of what’s in store.
‘We Didn’t Have Much’ is a nostalgic look back to the days of his youth. He’s adopted a more rootsy feel to this track which is very appealing.
It’s very easy to underestimate the commercial appeal of Justin’s music. He has a habit of taking his singles all the way to the top of the country charts. Only one out of his last five releases failed to hit the top spot, and his last single ‘Why We Drink’ continued the trend.
LAINE HARDY – ‘OTHER L.A.’
We had the pleasure of chatting to Laine last week, and his many adoring fans will be very aware that his latest single ‘Other L.A.’ has now been released. He’s performed it often on social media and it has also been performed in his live shows.
The ‘L.A.’ in the title shouldn’t be mistaken for the Californian megacity. For those of us here in the UK, the song is an ode to Laine’s home state, Louisiana, rather than the city where he achieved fame with his American Idol success.
The song was written in Nashville just prior to the pandemic outbreak.
THE BELLES – ‘BOY IN LOVE’
It’s high time that we highlighted the musical output of mother and daughter Kelli and Jaymie Jones, who perform as The Belles and originate from Omaha, Nebraska.
The name originated from Kelli’s childhood nickname of Kelllibelle, and Jaymie’s inspiration, Mother Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family.
They performed in the UK in 2019 and have opened for some of country music’s biggest stars including Dan + Shay, Kenny Rogers and Old Dominion.
They have released two EPs to date and we now have the latest single, ‘Boy In Love’ to enjoy.
TRAVIS DENNING – ‘GOODYEARS’
He created many happy memories at C2C 2019 with his appearance at the Songwriters Series, and he also toured here last year.
He has also found success as a prolific songwriter. Michael Ray’s ‘Her World Or Mine’ is a recent example, but songs for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Chase Rice have also contributed to his CV.
‘After A Few’ hit number one on the Country Airplay charts, and he is looking to repeat that yardstick with his new single, ‘Goodyears’, which follows a common theme – the simple pleasures of small town life and the days of unrestricted pleasure.
JOSH KELLEY – ‘MY BABY AND THE BAND’
Having listened to Josh Kelley’s recent lockdown zoom performances, it’s difficult to imagine any other performer coping with the current circumstances better.
He lives on a remote ranch in Oakley, Utah with his family, and has a full recording studio. He also has the talent to play practically any instrument, and the production skills to create music alone.
He’s got a track record for creating awesome music. His 2016 album ‘New Lane Road’ is our secret pleasure. It has a special place in our Country Music hearts, and his new single is the title track from his new album, which will be released on 13th November.
We can’t wait for that one!
THE WILD FEATHERS – ‘FIRE’
Nashville-based band The Wild Feathers comprising of Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Ben Dumas have released a taster of their new album, ‘Medium Rarities’, which spans the band’s decade-long career. The album will be released on 20th November.
The present restrictions on live performances have impacted the band’s ability to promote the songs as they would have in settled times, so they have released a special live session video from East Nashville’s American Legion Post 82, which we have featured here.
They are newly independent, and were due to tour with Blackberry Smoke in March. The tour was pulled, and they decided to use the time to revisit some of their older and unreleased tracks, which led to the album’s conception.
THE SWON BROTHERS – ‘DRINK YOU UP’
We rarely pass up the chance to highlight the musical output of The Swon Brothers. They prolifically release high quality material, but for reasons we cannot fathom, they are consistently ignored by country radio.
‘Drink You Up’ is their latest single, and will be featured on their new album, ‘N A S H L A H O M A’, which is set to be released on 29th November.
The song was penned by FGL’s Tyler and Brian, together with Corey Crowder, Charles Kelley and Jordan Schmidt, and it’s pretty cool.
JOSH ABBOTT BAND – ‘SETTLE ME DOWN’
Another band who are no strangers to our weekly list are Texans Josh Abbott Band, who are surely destined for mainstream country music fame.
‘Settle Me Down’ was penned by Josh with Ryan Beaver and Josh Jenkins, and it will feature on the band’s new album ‘The Highway Kind’, recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. The release date for the album is November 13th.
It is the band’s sixth album release, but their first since 2017’s ‘Until My Voice Is Heard’.
JORDAN RAGER – ‘HABITS AND HEARTS’
This is the title track of a 4-track EP released by Jordan Rager, who secured a top 40 hit with ‘Southern Boy’, which featured Jason Aldean in 2015.
He hails from Georgia and his connection with Jason Aldean extends beyond the earlier single. He was mentored by Aldean’s father, Barry, in his early career.
‘Habits and Hearts’ is the second EP release from Jordan Rager. He released ‘Sothern Boy’ in 2016, and the songs have been maturing for a couple of years. He said that he wrote them in 2018, but it was just a matter of finding the right time to put them out.
DANI TAYLOR – ‘MAN OF FEW WORDS’
Sometimes you just have to stand back and admire the sheer excellence of a singer’s voice, and this is that moment. Dani Taylor is a new name to us here at YLIAS, but as this is only her second single release, she’s certainly the new name on the block.
The song is the soundtrack for anyone who has found the partner of their dreams, and Dani wrote it with Will Rambeaux and Sherrie Auslin. It’s the follow up to her debut single ‘Girl Most Likely’, and hopefully will raise the profile of this Arizona-born singer-songwriter.
She has indicated that she is releasing an original Christmas single. ‘Does It Snow In Nashville’, in November, and is preparing her debut EP for February next year. Definitely one to watch out for.
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