Here are some of our top new releases for the week of 03/06/2019…
All of this week’s new tracks are also on our New Release Round-up playlist on Spotify, along with every other song we’ve included in this feature during the year so far.
Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving
This man is well on his way to becoming a modern day great. Combs releases his new EP The Prequel today and this single is a fabulous slice of country music power balladry. Be prepared for Combs to continue his ascent to the top.
Tucker Beathard – Find Me Here
Just voice and guitar combine to powerful effect on this confessional, with lyrics full of imagery and intent. “Really I don’t wanna be caught in room 316 with a hotel bible as a coaster underneath my beer | And Lord if you woulda said tonight’s the night You’re coming back, I hope you don’t find me here”. The second chapter of Beathard’s debut album is due for release later this year.
Tanya Tucker – Wheels of Laredo
Tanya’s first new music release in 17 years is also the first song from new album While I’m Livin’, due for release on 23rd August. This ballad, like much of the album, was written by Brandi Carlile and Tim & Phil Hanseroth. Acoustic guitar and gentle piano at the start, with light drums, electric guitar, organ and a gospel-like backing vocal arriving later, altogether give plenty of room for Tucker’s heartfelt vocal.
Mike and the Moonpies – You Look Good in Neon
Texas country band Mike and the Moonpies return with a surprise new single in the form of ‘You Look Good in Neon’. This laid-back dancehall number transports you straight to a lonely, a smoky bar, as Mike Harmeier sings “I’ve been sitting here drinking, my standards are sinking again”. Pure Texas country.
Chris Shiflett – The One You Go Home To
This track with Elizabeth Cook has all the elements of an old time country duet, but they never sounded quite as rough around the edges as this back when. Pedal steel competes for attention with crunching rock guitar and pounding drums while Shiflett and Cook trade insults. Shiflett’s album Hard Lessons is released later this month.
Trisha Yearwood – Every Girl In This Town
Another artist releasing new music after a long break, this is Trisha’s first original release since 2007. Uplifting, encouraging lyrics over a soaring melody that harks back to her imperial years, and a vocal that shows there’s plenty more to come. She’s got this.
Jessica Mitchell & Tim Hicks – Somebody Gonna Get Hurt
Mitchell originally recorded this track solo on her debut album Heart Of Glass. Here it’s re-worked as a duet with fellow Canadian Tim Hicks, and their voices work together so well to lift an already great song to further heights.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real – A Little Heartache
With a new album, Turn of the News (Build a Garden), due later this month. Lukas Nelson has released another song from the record. Blending a number of influences, the song keeps in line with the rest of the pre-releases from the album, with a big chorus and Nelson’s distinctive vocal.
Chris Stapleton – The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy
If there was ever a voice built to sing a western swing song for Woody the Cowboy, it’s Chris Stapleton. Written by Randy Newman, this country shuffle only runs at 1:51 but is the perfect Toy Story song.