Here are some of our top new releases for the week of 22/07/2019…
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!
Trisha Yearwood – Workin’ On Whiskey
A cover of a track from Canadian artist Jessica Mitchell, and a pretty straight cover at that – but that’s not a bad thing. Producer Garth Fundis keeps it from tipping over into “overwrought power ballad” territory while still giving Trisha’s voice full rein – even when boosted by the presence of Kelly Clarkson on harmony vocals. Powerful lyrics dealing with the agony of love and loss, dripping in heartache.
Zac Brown Band – Leaving Love Behind
There’s been a lot of chatter lately about ZBB and the direction they’re heading in. New album Owl due to land in September, will likely provide the answers. In the meantime, as the lead off they’ve dropped this touching piano-led ballad, with a lyric that sounds like it was drawn from the breakdown of Zac’s marriage but will chime with anyone who has loved and lost.
William Clark Green – The One I Was Then
Recorded as part of Bruce Robison’s The Next Waltz music project, as the title suggests this track is a reflection on events and relationships in the past from a changed man. Lovely, stripped back performance gives the lyric and the vocal all the room. “And I’ve learned from my mistakes | The next one won’t be afraid | Of the one I was then”.
Paul Cauthen – Holy Ghost Fire
Texan Paul Cauthen blends a heady mix of country, blues, and soul on this track from upcoming album Room 41, out in September. An infectious groove underpins Cauthen’s almost crooning vocal on a steamy song about desire and deception.
Sam Outlaw & Sarah Darling – Forever And Always
A sweet, soft, tender love song written by Sam that was destined to be a duet. Sarah Darling is an inspired choice, and their voices combine beautifully on a song with a simple, classic country ballad sound. Both Sam and Sarah will be playing dates in the UK in the coming weeks, look out for tickets as they’re both great live acts.
Muscadine Bloodline – Miss That Truck
“Songs about trucks” is surely one of the most often dropped cliché‘s in country music. That notwithstanding this track with a bit of a noughtie’s rock guitar riff is a pretty good addition to the cannon and allows the boys harmonies to show to good effect.
Here’s our New Release Round-up 2019 playlist – enjoy!