Here are some of the top new releases for the week of 17/01/2020.
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. And as it’s a new year, it’s also a new playlist! There’s a link to the playlist at the bottom of the page – if you’re a Spotify user, give it a follow so you can keep up to date!
Margo Price – Stone Me
For her first new music in 2 years, Margo Price delivers an iron fist in a velvet glove. Her sweet vocal over a gentle arrangement disguises the harshness of the lyric. “I used to feel loved but now I feel used | I almost went broke just from paying dues | Through the mud and rain you can drag my name | You can say I’ve spent my life in vain | But I won’t be ashamed of what I am | For your judgement day I don’t give a damn”. Co-produced by Sturgill Simpson, and featuring former Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on piano.
Randall King – Hey Cowgirl
Some voices are just made for country music, and Randall King certainly has one of them. It’s not just about the sound though – the song is what matters to King, and this is just another in a catalog that’s been building in attention and acclaim over the last couple of years. Think George Strait for the 2020’s and you’ll not be far off.
Steve Moakler – ’72 Winnebago
Steve’s new album Blue Jeans is finally released today (17th Jan) after he took the decision to release a couple of tracks from it per month. ’72 Winnebago has a certain Keith Urban feel to it, and a slowed down “funky drummer” rhythm track.
Dustin Lynch ft. Lauren Alaina – Thinking ‘Bout You
Dustin’s new album Tullahoma is released today (17th Jan), and this is just one of the tracks on there that are fine-tuned to tweak the ears of country radio listeners everywhere. This track in particular is surely destined to be released as a single at some point.
Phil Vassar – I Won’t Forget You
Phil Vassar’s new album Stripped Down is exactly that – a collection of songs with a smaller production than they might otherwise have. That’s not to say they’re in an “unplugged” style, because they’re not. They just allow room for the melody and the lyric, instead of swamping them with studio effects and technological trickery. This is a previously unreleased song, with Vassar’s soulful vocal and piano front and centre, where they should be.
Frank Foster – A Few More Miles
The Way It Was is the eight and latest album from Louisiana’s Frank Foster, released today (17th Jan). He’s an independent artist, writes, produces, manages, publishes… the works. This track from the album has a familiar setting – a road warrior torn by feelings of home and family – but Foster sells it well with his southern drawl giving it the necessary weariness.
Here’s our New Release Round-up 2020 playlist – enjoy!