It’s beginning to look very busy again in relation to new country music, following the lulls of Christmas and New Year. It’s time to have a look at the ones that have attracted our attention here at YLIAS. Some very famous, some not so famous and some hoping to be famous.
GEORGE STRAIT – ‘GOD AND COUNTRY MUSIC’/ ‘EVERY LITTLE HONKY TONK BAR’
Two tracks pre-released from the new album ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine’ which will be released on March 29th.
‘God and Country Music’ is George at his mellow and reflective best, name-checking songs and artists which encompass the country music that he has pioneered throughout his long career.
‘Every Little Honky Tonk Bar’ was written by Strait with his son Bubba and Dean Dillon. It has the potential to become a standard. Line dancers will be adapting their moves accordingly.
CAROLINE SPENCE – ‘MINT CONDITION’
Nashville singer-songwriter Caroline Spence is due to release her third album on May 3rd and has pre-released the title track ‘Mint Condition’.
The album will feature Emmylou Harris and Asley Ray. It’s her first release for her new label Ronder Records.
BROOKS AND DUNN – ‘BELIEVE’ (WITH KANE BROWN)
Their new album ‘Reboot’ is due this spring which will feature the duo performing duets with an all-star cast of artists. They include Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, Lanco, Asley McBryde, Midland, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Cody Johnson and Jon Pardi. We did say all-star!
We already have ‘Brand New Man’ with Luke Combs and this gem with Kane Brown.
TAYLOR RAY HOLBROOK – ‘THE CABIN ANTHEM’
Perfect to follow George’s aforementioned honky-tonk dance floor smash. Taylor Ray Holbrook’s ‘Cabin Anthem’ is an infectious toe-tapper that is reminiscent of Zac Brown Band’s early work.
It’s been a while since we saw Holbrook in the Billboard Country Charts. If country radio got behind this, it could really take off.
RILEY GREEN – ‘IN LOVE BY NOW’
Big Machine Records are behind this guy which isn’t the worst career move. Can they push Riley Green into the mainstream? ‘In Love Right Now’ is the new single that has been pushed to radio. It’s an upbeat country jam that reminds us of the tunes that Sister Hazel have been putting out recently, and that can’t be a bad thing.
HOLLOWAY ROAD – ‘GET THE GIRL’
The consistency from these guys is pretty awesome. It has to be a matter of time surely before they get greater recognition. Jack and Rob have always been at the commercial end of country music and this stands alongside the tunes that get heavy rotation on US country radio. It’s a massive sing-along that worms its way into the grey matter.
MAREN MORRIS – ‘COMMON’ (FEAT. BRANDI CARLISLE)
Maren has released ‘Girl’ as her lead single but this duet with Grammy superstar Brandi Carlile is even more interesting. They sound awesome together and it’s novel to see Brandi stretching across the musical divide to perform on a song that is very much at Maren’s comfort.
BRAD COX – ‘SOMEWHERE LIKE CHEYENNE’
‘Somewhere Like Cheyenne’ was the tune of the trip when YLIAS recently attended Tamworth Music Festival. It fully deserves its place in this round-up. This guy is very popular in Australia and we’d love to see him over here at some point!
You should be checking out the album from where this gem originated – it’s pretty damn good.
HAYES CARLL – ‘BE THERE’
The new album ‘What It Is’ was released on Friday, but we already had this masterpiece to whet our appetites. Enough said… check out the album.
DYLAN SCOTT – ‘YOU GOT ME’
This is the guy who burst on the scene with ‘My Girl’ in 2016 and followed it up with ‘Hooked’ in 2017. He’s due another hit and might just have hit the mark with this one. ‘You Got Me’ is probably the most ‘country’ song we have heard from Dylan Scott.
TIM MCGRAW – ‘THOUGHT ABOUT YOU’
We thought we would leave the one that will definitely tear up the charts till the end. Tim McGraw is back with a stormer. Written by Brad and Brett Warren with Lee Thomas Miller, it’s a song we would love to hear him sing on the 02 stage. Come back soon Tim.