YLIAS Recommends: Country Songs You Need To Hear! (November 2017)


It’s time to take a listen to a batch of new tunes coming our way to see us through to the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. A mixture of current singles, soon to be released singles and hot album cuts.


David Lee Murphy ft Kenny Chesney – ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’

Kenny’s recent live album features a version of ‘Dust On The Bottle’ with his mate David Lee Murphy. Murphy was a 90’s country music star who had a run of hit singles before fading from view. He continued to write music and Kenny had a number one with ‘Living In Fast Forward’ in 2006.

They are good mates and Murphy is trying to resurrect his singing career with a new album ‘No Zip Code’.

‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ is the first single and we think it’s going to be big. Why? Well, Kenny Chesney features very heavily. It has a party vibe to it and is super catchy. Prediction time – You will be singing along to this at Nashville Nights very soon…….

Runaway June – ‘Wild West’

It’s been out and about the lower reaches of the US country charts for a couple of months but seems to be gaining momentum. Runaway June are a vocal trio with obvious Dixie Chicks influences. ‘Wild West’ is a hugely satisfying power ballad and is lifted from their soon to be released debut album.

There’s always room for the girl groups at the top of the country music tree.

Kip Moore – ‘Last Shot’

The follow up to Kip’s mega #1 single ‘More Girls Like You’, this is the second single release from latest album ‘Slowheart’.

You probably realise by now that Kip can do no wrong at YLIAS and ‘Last Shot’ was one of many highlights at his recent UK live shows. For those of you lucky enough to be in the states before Xmas, check out Kip’s end of year mini acoustic tour with Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen.

Montgomery Gentry – ‘Better Me’

On 8th September this year, the world of country music was rocked by the news that Troy Gentry was tragically killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. He was only 50 years of age. Troy and Eddie had been working on a new album ‘Here’s To You’.  ‘Better Me’ is the first single release.

Whilst there will be increased interest in the material because of the unfortunate circumstances, ‘Better Me’ is included here entirely on merit. It just happens to be one of the best of the current releases.

It’s arguably one of the best songs that they have ever recorded.

Keith Urban – ‘Female’

Keith’s recent musical output has been top drawer. ‘Female’ is a song inspired by the recent Harvey Weinstein scandal and was recorded by Urban on Halloween with wife Nicole singing backing vocals.

Go-to writers Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally seem to have hit the jackpot yet again and there seems little doubt that this will be yet another chart topper for Mr Urban. A real highlight at this year’s CMA awards.

Jillian Jacqueline – ‘Sugar and Salt’

There seems to a nice buzz building for Jillian. We had the immense pleasure of chatting to her recently in London and ‘Sugar and Salt’ is lifted from her new EP ‘Side A’.

If you were one of those who loved Maren Morris’s recent shows in the UK we are sure that you will enjoy this. She’s named in the recent Rolling Stone list of artists to watch. 2018 could be her year and, don’t forget, she’s appearing at C2C in March.

Kane Brown – ‘Heaven’

It’s been a huge year for Kane Brown. His debut album is close to selling 250,000 copies and ‘What If’s’, his duet with Lauren Alaina, went to #1 in the US Country charts.

He sang with Brad Paisley at the CMA Awards and he became the first artist to have simultaneous number ones on all five main country charts.

‘Heaven’ is a new track which featured on the deluxe version of his album. It showcases his fine baritone voice and his ability to keep the contemporary country fans happy.  This will be another huge hit for Kane Brown.

Luke Bryan – ‘Most People Are Good’

This is a track that has been released as a taster for Luke’s new album ‘What Makes You Country’. It’s surely a future single.

Luke Bryan is rarely average. He has released some absolute classic tunes. ’Drink a Beer’, ‘Fast’, ‘Strip It Down’ and particularly ‘You Look Like Rain’ have to be up there with the best country music recently released. However, he has also released some stinkers. Do we need a 41-year-old guy with 2 kids and an adopted son singing about his desire for his cell phone to ‘light up’? His performance at this year’s CMA’s wasn’t compelling viewing.

‘Most People Are Good’ is a welcome return to Luke Bryan at his best. Penned by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear, it’s an uplifting mid-tempo ballad that points out that despite the bad guys in the world, there is a feel good message of hope. It’s a song that we will all adopt as an anthem in the months to come.

Carly Pearce – ‘Doin’ It Right’

Big Machine have decided to lift ‘Hide The Wine’ from Carly’s album as the follow up to ‘Every Little Thing’.

A super track, but our choice would have been ‘Doin’ It Right’, an up-beat, infectiously catchy tune that has smash written all over it. It would sound awesome on radio and push the album to even greater heights. What are the chances of Carly coming over for some C2C slots in March? Let’s hope so.

Cam – ‘Diane’

Cam needs a hit, and boy does she deserve one. ‘Burning House’ was absolutely huge for her and should have set her on the way to mega stardom. However, it hasn’t quite happened. The follow up singles have drifted away from country radio and she needs something to propel her back to the top of the pile. She’s got all the ingredients and her latest single ‘Diane’, a reply to Dolly’s ‘Jolene’, could be the answer.

We all know how fickle the music industry can be and the pressure’s always on when it comes to record labels. She’s a truly awesome talent and one of the nicest ladies in the business. Fingers crossed for ‘Diane’ – we will be willing this one along to chart success.

Dustin Lynch – ‘I’d Be Jealous Too’

It was inevitable that someone would try to emulate the success of Sam Hunt’s ‘Body Like a Backroad’. DJs will certainly be mixing this with Sam’s mega seller.

It’s cut from the same cloth and is already a fave at Nashville Nights. Dustin will incur the wrath of the traditionalists but he won’t be too bothered. It’s taken from his ‘Current Mood’ album, is heavily synthesized and contains the usual Copperman hook in the chorus.

Probably everything that puts us off this sub-genre, but somehow it seems to work. Not sure that it should be sung by someone who lives in a cowboy hat though!

Jake Worthington – ‘Hell Of A Highway’

We had to finish on a ‘real’ country song. Jake Worthington holds a special place on our website. Back in 2015 when we started this venture, he was the first artist we interviewed. Jake’s a Texan who wouldn’t use a synthesized drum machine. His brand of country music is raw, honest and downright classy.  ‘Hell Of A Highway’ continues the trend.

It won’t sell anything like many of the tracks we have featured here and that’s a pity. Artists like Jake Worthington deserve to have their place in sun.

Graham Wharton

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