Here are some of the top new releases for the week of 22/05/2020.
All of this week’s new tracks are also on our New Release Round-up 2020 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!
Mac McAnally – Once In A Lifetime (featuring Drake White)
“Every second, every minute, every hour of every day is once in a lifetime” is a straightforward, simple truism, the sentiment of which can be easy to miss. It’s also the drive of this winning collaboration, a call to keep life light and find something in every day to be thankful for and find joy in. Sure to be a helpful message for many.
The Wandering Hearts – Over Your Body
Compare the mature, spohisticated sound of this track to the Wandering Heart’s stage-setting debut album Wild Silence, and you can see how far they’ve travelled while maintaining the core elements that form the character of the band. Over Your Body is awash with oceanic lyricall references, and the cool and light West Coast vibes in the chorus give additional emphasis.
Brett Eldredge – Good Day
It’s difficult to talk about Brett Eldredge without using the word “smooth”. So we won’t try, because you can’t avoid the smooth on this cut. Good Day is exactly the kind of mid-tempo track Brett’s fans love to hear from him, and that he delivers so well. The fourth track to debut ahead of new album Sunday Drive, due for release in July.
Josh Abbott Band – The Luckiest
Josh Abbott counts himself to be a lucky guy. Lucky for his roots, lucky for his friends, lucky for Friday night beers. He’s even lucky that George Strait is still making music (as are we all). And to top it all off, he knows that he’s “luckiest to be loved by you”. Good man, Josh. Keep your heart on your sleeve.
Craig Morgan – Soldier
US Army veteran Craig Morgan’s treatment of this 2011 Gavin DeGraw track lowers the key and raises the gospel feels, with a lyric that will have extra meaning amidst all the drama that 2020 has delivered. It’s one of the 5 new tracks on Morgan’s album God, Family, Country, out today (May 22nd).
Will Hoge – Even The River Runs Out Of This Town
With a yearning vocal over an arrangement that begins sparsely and gradually builds, Will Hoge expresses his resignation and acceptance of someone leaving. “You can’t blame a heart for getting broken | You can’t change the color of the blues | The railroad track and the highway | I guess it’s your turn now | Even the river runs out of this town”. New album Tiny Little Movies is slated for release on June 26th.
Jarrod Dickenson – In The Meantime
While his many European fans have had this album for quite some time now, Jarrod Dickenson’s Ready The Horses gets its long overdue and richly deserved US release today (May 22nd). We could have picked out any of a number of highlights from a collection of timeles tales and characters performed with Jarrod’s distinctive whiskey-and-honey vocal, and captured with a rich, warm patina. In The Meantime is a perfect showcase; a slow, tapped rhythm, a shimmering guitar line, a reed organ in the back, subtle smoky horns in the chorus, and a guy driven by loneliness to accept a lover’s lack of commitment.
Grace Potter – Eachother (ft Jackson Browne, Marcus King, Lucius)
An unashamed song specifically for this time, the impassioned lyrics are heavy with references to the challenges of life with COVID-19. Marcus King’s singularly soulful vocal does much to lift the “blue sky” middle of the track, before Jackson Browne takes the final verse.