Here are some of our top new releases for the week of 15/07/2019…
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. The playlist is at the bottom of the page – if you’re a Spotify user, give it a follow!
Miranda Lambert – It All Comes Out In The Wash
New music from Miranda, and a new producer too in Jay Joyce (Eric Church, LBT, Ashley McBryde to name but a few) who gives a pop-rock kinda feel to the track. As the title might suggest, the basic message is “Stuff happens, but don’t sweat it”. It’s kind of a country “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, with an infectious chorus and some witty lyrics.
The Highwomen – Redesigning Women
The first studio recording to be released by the new co-lab project featuring Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires – although the line-up is likely to be fluid over time. Produced by Dave Cobb, this has a very old-time feel to it despite the very contemporary lyric. There’s no single “lead singer” as much of the lines are sung in unison – doubtless a statement in itself. A full album is due in early September.
Sheryl Crow ft Jason Isbell – Everything Is Broken
Sheryl’s new album Threads is throwing up some real gems, and here’s another in this belting cover of a 1989 Bob Dylan song. Isbell’s own lead licks and Crow’s harmonica howls add the grit and feel to the arrangement, while it’s all driven along by an incessant guitar riff.
LJ – Scarecrow
The first release from rising Texan singer-songwriter LJ (Lyndsay James Hague) shows a lot of promise. It’s a call to dream, to shake off whatever holds you back and not be “Tethered to the ground…Like some old scarecrow”. The song captures something of the spirit of the pioneer, the chaser, the one who breaks out – fittingly for a breakout track!
Rodney Crowell ft. Lyle Lovett – What You Gonna Do Now
Another forthcoming co-lab album is Crowell’s Texas featuring such fellow Lone Star State natives Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle and Randy Rogers – and recent C2C alumnus Lyle Lovett. It’s a great pairing on this track, Lovett’s slightly fragile, slightly broken voice giving a certain pathos to the questioning lyric that might otherwise have been lost under the driving pace of the song.
Maybe April – Already Gone
A searing lyric that will chime heartbreakingly with anyone who’s lived with addiction in a relationship. “I’m tired of being second best to anything that gets you higher than I can | Don’t you want to love somethin’ that can really love you back? | I can really love you back.”
Billy Currington – Details
First new music from Billy Currington since last year’s Bring It On Over has a sultry, soulful, summer vibe. With lines like “Hundred dollar bills could be falling from the sky|I wouldn’t even notice|But baby, I’m in tune with everything you do|I’m completely focused on every|5’7”, 3/8 inches of you baby”, in the wrong hands someone might want to think about a restraining order(!) but of course it’s intended to show how much attention Billy gives to his girl. Rumour has it there’s a new album in the pipeline.
Corb Lund ft Hayes Carll – The Cover Of The Rolling Stone
A Shel Silverstein song made famous by Dr Hook & The Medicine Show in 1972…. This rootsy retread swaps the playful, slightly hokey feel of the original for something a little more rousing and bar room raw. Lund’s upcoming album Cover My Tracks will feature songs originally made famous by AC/DC, Billy Joel, Nancy Sinatra, Marty Robbins…. Should certainly be interesting!
Here’s our New Release Round-up 2019 playlist – enjoy!