New Release Round-Up: September 15th

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LEE BRICE – ‘HEY WORLD’ (FEAT. BLESSING OFFOR)

Lee Brice’s new album will be released on 28th November, his first since 2017, and he has released a re-worked version of the title track, which seems to sum up what most are thinking about 2020 and all that it has had to offer.

The new version features Nigerian musician Blessing Offor, who was a contestant on season 7 of ‘The Voice’. The original version of the track was in the middle of May, and was intended as a powerful summary of the worlds pandemic.

TAYLOR RAY HOLBROOK – ‘LIFETIME OF LOVIN’ (FEAT. KAITLYN BAKER)

This one features Kaitlyn Baker, and is the latest release from “small town country boy” Taylor Ray Holbrook, who hails from Southwest Virginia and was raised on a farm working for his Grandfather’s three-man logging crew. He moved on to be a prison warden, where he was fired for being asleep on the job.

He returned to logging, had an accident which resulted in rest and recuperation, posted a video of him singing a Luke Bryan song and discovered that 30,000 people were interested enough to follow him on social media. His first song, ‘Steal My Kiss’, did well enough for him to move to Nashville, where he is now developing his career in music. What a story!

THE LAST BANDOLEROS – ‘HEY BABY QUE PASO’

Originally recorded in 1990 by the Texas Tornadoes, ‘Hey Baby Que Paso’ is the new single from San Antonio-based The Last Bandoleros, who consist of Emilio Navaira and Diego Navaira, sons of the late Tejano artist Emilio Navaira, together with Jerry Fuentes and Derek James.

They performed the track on ‘Good Morning America’ in July, and they have now released it as their new single. They are signed with Warner Music Group and have a huge reputation for the energetic live shows.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE – ‘LONG LIVE’

The FGL boys have been making chart-topping hits for 8 years now, and their latest success was ‘I Love My Country’, which seems to have become one of 2020’s summer anthems. Their follow-up is ‘Long Live’, a track that wasn’t part of the ‘6 Pack’ EP released earlier in the year.

Tyler And Brian wrote the song with Corey Crowder, David Garcia and Josh Miller, and it’s described as an ode to small town Friday night gatherings with the expected references to trucks and dirt roads. Tried and tested formulae, and another sure fire hit.

MEGHAN PATRICK – ‘MY FIRST CAR’

Meghan’s from Ontario, Canada. She’s signed with Warner Music Canada and is the latest in an ever-growing list of Canadian Country singers to grace our weekly new release list.

‘My First Car’ is an up-tempo, sassy recollection of her first vehicle, a late 90’s pickup truck. A 1998 GMS Sierra diesel, to be exact.

Nothing demonstrates the cultural divide better than a recap of one’s first car. We can’t imagine many of us here in the UK would have owned a pick up truck as their first car!

MUSCADINE BLOODLINE – ‘SEE YOU TOMORROW’

Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton formed Muscadine Bloodline in 2016. They have already released two EPs and are gearing up for the release of a new album.

‘Burn It At Both Ends’ will be released on 25th September, and features collaborations with Jordan Fletcher, American Aquarium’s BJ Barham, Adam Hood and Brent Cobb.

The new track ‘See You Tomorrow’ is accompanied by a video featuring footage from Charlie’s wedding.

CODY BRYAN BAND – ‘EVERY TIME’

We featured Texans Cody Bryan Band in July when they covered Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’. They are back with a new laid-back, reflective summer track, ‘Every Time’.

They are a band that have gained a reputation on the Texas Country Music scene for their live shows, and are desperately trying to perform live again, despite the Covid restrictions.

In the meantime, they have been filling their time with writing and  releasing a batch of new tunes, and ‘Every Time’ is the latest.

SPENCER CRANDALL – ‘EAST’ EP

Spencer Crandall has just released a 5-track EP, ‘East’, which is the accompaniment to ‘North’, which he released in the middle of August. We have selected ‘Looking For It’ as our favourite from the bunch of new songs.

He’s been on our radar since we featured his single ‘My Person’ last October. This also features on the EP, and still sounds as good as it did last year.

Another independent Nashville singer-songwriter awaiting that big break.

RILEY GREEN – ‘IF IT WASN’T FOR TRUCKS’ EP

Another EP from a new guy on the block, albeit one who has already been making quality Country music since 2013. He’s signed with Big Machine and has already had two sizeable hits with ‘There Was This Girl’ in 2018 and 2019’s ‘I Wish Grandpa’s Never Died’, which epitomised the magic of Country Music. He was also named as the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Artist Of The Year just a few weeks ago.

We have highlighted ‘Better Than Me’, a great track from the EP, which features Alabama’s Randy Owen.

BEN JOHNSON – ‘BALL CAP COWBOY’

We finish with a big country ballad from new guy Ben Johnson, who has released ‘Ball Cap Country’ as his debut single. It was written with Jamie Paulin, who has previously written tracks for Kenny Chesney and Tim Mcgraw (‘That’s How I’ll Always Be’). 

It’s described as “heartland power country at it’s finest”, and we agree that it certainly packs an emotional punch.

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