Here are some of our top new releases for the week of 08/04/2019…
Aaron Watson – Trying Like The Devil
Aaron’s dropped this track from his new album “Red Bandana”, due for release in June. It starts with a freight train’s shrill whistle, and from there he’s straight into a lyric of contrast and inner conflict. “I’m solid as a rock on sinking sand, trying like the devil to be a good man”, over a tune that bounces along on rails. Sure to become a crowd favourite, the new album is shaping up nicely.
Keith Urban – Burden
Keith puts the guitar to one side for most of this piano-led ballad, fresh from his charged performance at the ACM awards. It’s a cover of a song by Foy Vance, who’s written for a whole range of artists. Urban’s version is more withdrawn than the original, his vocal gradually builds from little more than a cracked, fragile whisper until the song reaches a raucous rocked out final section that stops on a dime.
Maren Morris – Kingdom Of One
A large chunk of the world population is about to go overboard for the ending of the “sword and sorcery” epic TV series, “Game Of Thrones”. Naturally, a “Music inspired by…” album is required, and this is the lead-off track. In keeping with the source material, it’s quite dark, gloomy, menacing; It could be an Adele song.
Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine
What a lovely song this is, as Ingrid fills in her partner before they go home to meet her friends and family. Wonderful lyrics paint a familiar scenario in a fresh and affecting way. “If I bring you home to mama, I guess I’d better warn ya, she falls in love a little faster than I do | And my dad will check your tyres, pour you whiskey over ice and take you fishing but pretend that he don’t like you | Oh, if we break up, I’ll be fine, but you’ll be breaking more hearts than mine.” C2C attendees had a preview of the song last month, great to hear it fully realised here.
The Cadillac Three – Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys
TC3 are back with this, their “party on the road” song that you know is going to go down a storm whenever it’s played live. The video was filmed on the road too, so it captures the same vibe. Southern country rock at its finest.
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – About Susan, About Your Woman
Taken from the newly released album “RCA Sessions (1968-1976)”, this is a bit of a time capsule piece. Dolly’s voice is at its peerless peak as she sings as the betrayed woman. A song with lines like “”I love you and I want you to be happy, whether it be with or without me | And If Susan’s the one that can love and make you happy, God bless her for loving you for me” would probably not be written today.
Rich O’Toole – Peter and Paul
This track from Houston’s Rich O’Toole points to the current global political and social turmoil, while trying to encourage a different way. “So take some time for yourself, put your ego on the shelf and drop the hate before you fall into the spell”. Texas country with a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll in the mix.