BRANDY CLARK – ‘LIKE MINE’
The second of two new Brandy Clark in collaboration with Brandi Carlile, who produced both tracks and sang backing vocals on this latest release.
They named the project ‘BC Squared’, and the first song ‘Same Devil’ was released a couple of weeks ago.
She recorded the project in Nashville with her regular musicians whilst Brandi Zoomed from Washington State. The masters were then sent across, and the backing vocals and final production was added. Music creation in the Covid-rife 21st century!
LINDSAY ELL – ‘WORKIN’ OUT’
Lindsay recently released her sophomore album ‘Heart Theory’ which was universally acclaimed as one of the best so far in 2020. She’s now back with a track that features on the soundtrack of ‘Make It Up As We Go’, a new scripted podcast which tells the story of a young singer-songwriter hoping to make it in Nashville.
The project is executive-produced by Miranda Lambert, and it premieres on October 8th.
TERRY MCBRIDE – ‘REBELS AND ANGELS’
You simply can’t beat a country song delivered in ¾ time, featuring fiddle and steel, and ‘Rebels and Angels’ has this in abundance.
This is the title track of Terry McBride’s upcoming solo album, featuring Patty Loveless and co-written with Chris Stapleton.
He was the former frontman on 90’s band McBride and the Ride, and has written songs for Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn and Cole Swindell.
The album will be released on 23rd October.
CODY JOHNSON & REBA MCENTIRE – ‘DEAR RODEO’
You may be aware that Cody’s pre-musical career was a bull rider in the Rodeos. Reba was raised in a family that competed in barrel racing.
This song was written by Johnson with Dan Couch, who also penned Kip Moore’s ‘Hey Pretty Girl’. It’s not the first time Reba has sung about her love for Rodeos. She recorded a hit song, ‘Cowgirls Don’t Cry’, with Brooks and Dunn, and she stated that the collaboration with Cody Johnson was a thrill as “we are both from the rodeo world”.
The track was originally featured on Cody’s debut album ‘Ain’t Nothing To It’ as a solo recording.
STYLES HAURY – ‘AIRPLANE MODE’
One of favourite tracks of the week has a very familiar feel to it. Fans of Luke Combs will love this. It’s probably because ‘Airplane Mode’ was written by the man himself, and Styles Haury has more than a passing similarity to his delivery style.
He’s based in Nashville, and has already opened for Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Chris Janson.
SEAFORTH – ‘TALK ABOUT’
We first became aware of Australians Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson when they released their EP, ‘Love That’, in April 2019. It was our favourite EP of the year and remains a fixture on our car playlist.
They are based in Nashville, signed to Sony Nashville and were due to appear at this year’s aborted C2C festival when we fully expected the UK fans to embrace their ultra-catchy pop-country vibes.
‘Talk About’ is a banjo-backed singalong that is simply made for country radio.
STEVENSON EVERETT – ‘IN THESE TIMES’
Having just commented upon 2019’s EP of the year, we turn to the inevitable winner of 2020’s EP of the year. Stephenson Everett released ‘The Last Troubadours Part 1’ at the beginning of the year, which contained 3 superb tracks that showcased the talent of this Nashville-based singer-songwriter,
We are still sadly waiting for part 2, but we can highlight a new ballad from Everett, who recently tested positive for Covid-19 but thankfully seems back to good health.
AMANDA SHIRES FEAT. JASON ISBELL – ‘THE PROBLEM’
This is a song that deals with a difficult topic – abortion, and the decisions that have to be made between couples contemplating such a procedure.
The track’s release coincided with International Safe Abortion Day, and all proceeds will go to the Yellowhammer Fund, an organisation based in Alabama.
Amanda Shires wrote the song a number of years ago, and enlisted the assistance of husband Jason Isbell on a duet that imagines the conversation between a couple before a tough decision is agreed.
SHENANDOAH FEAT. ZAC BROWN BAND – ‘I’D TAKE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE’
Written by Brett Beavers, Brett James and Stephen Robson, this is a call for all the great moments that we wish we could get back . We would settle for 2019 just now, but it’s awesome to have Zac Brown Band back in form!
ZBB have teamed up with country legends Shenandoah for a track on their forthcoming album ‘Every Road’, which will be released on 13th November.
The album includes duets and collaborations with Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Ashley McBryde, Dierks Bentley and more, and we can’t wait to hear it.
ADAM DOLEAC – ‘ANOTHER’
It’s simply a matter of time before Adam Doleac breaks into the mainstream. He’s signed with Sony Music Nashville, and the quality of his music is such that he can’t be ignored by country radio for long.
He’s also developing a reputation as a songwriter. He had a song recorded and included on Hootie’s comeback album last year.
Check out his latest offering, ‘Another’…