New Release Round-Up: September 12th

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After the highs of Millport and The Long Road Festivals it’s back to the day job and our current pick of the new tunes!

It’s a busy market just now. The harvest is pretty good this year…..

CHARLIE WORSHAM FEAT OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW – ‘I HOPE I’M STONED (WHEN JESUS TAKES ME HOME)’

We don’t know how anyone could possibly dislike Charlie. He is one of the nicest guys in country music and arguably the best guitarist. If you don’t believe us, ask Kip Moore.

Charlie’s teamed up with OCMS for a bunch of summer concerts in the States. The song isn’t particularly new. He wrote it with Ashley Monroe and has been performing it live in his own sets for some time. The Old Crow guys add the vintage bluegrass.   

RYAN GRIFFIN – ‘RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW’

He co-wrote ‘Dibs’ for Kelsea Ballerini. He’s a native of Florida and has already supported Lady Antebellum and Old Dominion. His brand of country is very much towards the pop/R&B end, and this one is this week’s hot dance floor entry!

KELSEA BALLERINI – ‘HOMECOMING QUEEN’

Taking of Kelsea, who will be appearing at Hyde park this weekend, she’s back with a killer new tune. It’s the first taster from her third album, due later this year, and she describes it as the most emotional song she has ever released. This is going to be HUGE.

KENDALL MARVELL – ‘LET IT GO’

Kendall’s new album ‘Solid Gold Sounds’ will be released on October 11th and this is the second release from it.  He was in the UK last year with Brothers Osborne and we all had the pleasure of experiencing just how good this guy is. His touring schedule is pretty full until the end of the year but we certainly would welcome a return UK visit. He’s recording with Jam In The Van on 12th September so keep a look out for that on YouTube.

HAYLEY ORRANTIA – ‘NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS

An actress/singer-songwriter who is known in the US for her role as Erica Goldberg in ‘The Goldbergs’. She has been performing her brand of pop-country in Nashville where she now resides. Her EP ‘The Way Out’ was a collection of reflective ballads. This is a complete contrast. A dance-around-your-living-room party song

BRETT KISSEL – ‘DRINK ABOUT ME

If you were fortunate enough to be at 2019’s Buckle and Boots festival in May, you will know all about Brett Kissel. He closed the festival on Sunday night with an absolutely stonking performance.

He’s massive in his native Canada and has recently supported Garth Brooks. He would be an awesome addition to The Long Road 2020, and his new single is ace.

MADDIE AND TAE – ‘BATHROOM FLOOR

This is the girls attempting to recreate the vibe of ‘Girl in a Country Song’  rather than the style of their more recent single ‘Die From A Broken Heart’. ‘Country Song’ sold 667,000 copies. They need another hit, so why not go back to what they do best? Good luck girls, we’re rooting for you.  

ASHLEY MCBRYDE – ‘ONE NIGHT STANDARDS

Ashley’s on the rise. Her profile in the UK is stellar because of her C2C shows, but she has also been making significant inroads into the Nashville power base with slots on high profile shows.

You know that an Ashley McBryde single will be quality. How could it not be? It’s from a new album due early next year and she will be back in the UK at the end of the month.

PARKER MCCOLLUM – ‘PRETTY HEART

It’s his first single release in over a year and a fan favourite in his live shows. Texan Parker McCollum has released two albums and has recently signed with MCA Nashville. This is the first release with backing from a major label, so expect heavy radio plugs. One to watch out for.

TIM MCGRAW – ‘DRIVE’

This was unexpected…

You’ll remember the original. The Cars’ third single from their 1984 album ‘Heartbreak City’ album was a huge hit, due in part to its inclusion as a background to a video of the Ethiopian famine shown extensively in Live Aid in 1985.

Tim’s version sticks faithfully to the original, adding the original synth sounds for authenticity. He said that he loves the song and wants to introduce it to a new generation.

Graham Wharton

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