Here are some of the top new releases for the week of 14/02/2020.
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. If you’re a Spotify user, give it a follow so you can keep up to date!
Luke Bryan – Born Here Live Here Die Here
After a somewhat mixed response to Knockin’ Boots, Luke Bryan has gone for something a little more straight up this time around. That said, there’s a bit of a celtic feel to the chorus, and that gives it a lot of sing-a-long potential.
Midland – Drinkin’ Problem (Live From The Palomino)
A live performance of one of the signature songs from the trio famously formed in Dripping Springs, Texas. Taken from their new album, helpfully titled Live From The Palomino, which in turn features performances of 10 tracks that originally surfaced on their first 2 studio albums. If you’ve ever seen Midland live, you’ll recognise the hallmarks of their performance here. If you haven’t seen them before, well, enjoy Mark Wystrach’s loose, louche, liquor soaked delivery that’s really only made possible by Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy’s tight-as-a-drum underpinning of the thing. If it leaves you wanting more, the live album is out on February 28th, and the boys are touring Europe and the UK during March. Tour info and ticket links here -> https://www.midlandofficial.com/tour
The Panhandlers – Cactus Flower
Described by Panhandler (and leader of Flatland Cavalry) Cleto Cordero as “a west Texas love song, I guess”, Cactus Flower is exactly that – a love song first and foremost, and it’s west Texas to its bones. Cordero began writing the song for his fiance, and was helped to finish it off by fellow Panhandler Josh Abbot for inclusion on the combo’s debut album, to be released on March 6th.
Travis Denning – ABBY
Travis Denning seems to have a knack of turning out songs that reflect his persona, with a nod and a wink and a cheeky smile, whether he’s writing them himself or – as in this case – picking a song up from other writers.. ABBY is a break-up song, but it’s not about the girl he’s leaving or the girl he’s moving on to – at least not directly. “Now you wanna know if there’s somebody else | Well, if I’m being honest then the answer is Yes | And her name is ABBY, that’s Any Body But You”. Ouch!
The All Stars of Bluegrass – I Wanna Go Back
Phil Leadbetter, Jason Burleson, Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, Robert Hale. Quite a collective of veteran bluegrassers brought together under the “All Stars” moniker, and on this track augmented by Steve Warriner. Top quality playing, of course, and if you’re looking for an antidote to the bangs and crashes of much of today’s country music you’ll be hard pressed to find better.
Brennley Brown – One More Hallelujah
A former finalist from NBC’s The Voice tv show, Brennley Brown releases this song of struggle, hope and inspiration featuring a soaring yet fragile vocal performance. A debut EP is slated for release in April 2020.