Here are some of the top new releases for the week of 23-09-2019.
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!
Carly Pearce & Lee Brice – I Hope You’re Happy Now
Some duets seem like a good idea on paper, but don’t quite deliver. This pairing definitely delivers, and in spades. Carly and Lee’s voices work brilliantly together on this break-up song with a classic 90’s Country feel to it. Carly co-wrote it – as did Luke Combs. Big, pounding, driving drums and multi-layered guitars drive away any possibility of a soft, slushy MOR vibe breaking in.
Lauren Alaina – Getting Good
“Recognise and value what you already have, don’t chase the next thing – that won’t make you happy”, is the message in Lauren’s new single. Written by Emily Weisband, who’s worked with Lauren a number of times previously and also penned tracks for Danielle Bradbury, Keith Urban, Lady A and Thomas Rhett among many others.
Canaan Smith – Life Ain’t Fair
An easy rolling new song from Smith as he continues his career on FGL’s Round Here Records. It’s got a good vibe to it and Canaan’s delivery is spot on. If the title seems a little “down”, it’s actually an “up” song about getting better than we deserve. Expect it to get a lot of airplay.
Kendell Marvel – Blood In The Water
A swampy, bluesy, rocky, gospel-infected stomper from the man from Illinois. This dark-edged track is lifted from the forthcoming new album Solid Gold Sounds that’ll drop in October.
Ags Connolly – Say It Out Loud
Quite simply, this is great. Wonderful song-writing, terrific arrangement, just-right production. Connolly’s new album Wrong Again will drop on 1st November.
Mike Ryan – Dear Country Music,
Texan musician Mike Ryan has delivered a love letter to the one thing that’s always been there for him, through the good and the not-so-good – that’s Country music. It straddles a nice line between the traditional and contemporary, with mandolin, fiddle and steel alongside some driving guitar and punchy drums.
Hannah Dasher – The Tree
Georgia native Hannah Dasher is working on a debut album with Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three. This track carries a certain Southern Gothic vibe, and it’s a warning to take care of Country Music using the tree as a metaphor. With a lyric like, “We’re gettin’ a little too far from the ‘Three Chords & The Truth’ part of it | Forgettin’ where the roots are is gonna kill the tree | Some songs ain’t for everybody, so what about folks like me | Whose life soundtrack ain’t some watered down hip-hop melody” she certainly plants her flag firmly and leaves no-one in any doubt about where her feelings lie. Whether you agree with her or not, it’s a stirring track from a confident performer with a great voice and a clear vision, for sure.
Here’s our New Release Round-up 2019 playlist – enjoy!