Here are some of the top new Country and Americana releases for the week of 10/07/2020.
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!
Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started
Margo Price’s third studio album That’s How Rumors Get Started is out today (July 10th) after it’s original release date was out aside due to Covid-19. You can read our review of the album here, but here’s the title track and album opener. Strong West Coast, Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter echoes, and Margo sounds so like a young Stevie Nicks at times. It’s a definte step change for an artist who’s always been prepared to challenge convention.
Josh Turner – I’m No Stranger To The Rain
Josh Turner’s forthcoming album Country State Of Mind is full of classic country covers, and they don’t come much more classic than this song best known as one of Keith Whitley’s number one hits. Josh’s deep, sonorous tones allied to an updated but respectful arrangement hit the sweet spot, recalling Whitley’s original but avoiding straight immitation.
Lindsay Ell – make you
Lindsay Ell has been in the news this week, and this new song deals head on with the reasons for that. make you is an emotional ballad, co-written by Brandy Clark, that powerfully relates her experience of being raped at age 13, and again when she was 21, as well as dealing with the aftermath of those attacks over the years since. Taken from Lindsay’s upcoming album heart theory that’ll drop on August 14th.
Molly Tuttle – Standing On The Moon
Well, this is quite lovely. A cover of a song from the Grateful Dead’s final studio album in 1989, and we think this improves on the original. Molly’s voice, backed with a gently sweeping acoustic arrangement, gives the song a greater feel of expanse and scale but still keeps the intimate sentiment of the lyric. “Standing on the moon | But I would rather be with you | Somewhere in San Francisco | On a back porch in July | Just looking up to heaven | At this crescent in the sky”. The track will feature on Molly’s new album, titled …but I’d rather be with you to be released on August 28th.
Waylon Payne – All The Trouble
All The Trouble first appeared as the opening track on Lee Ann Womack’s Grammy nominated 2017 album The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone. Where Lee Ann’s version was heavily doom-laden and dramatic, her co-writer Waylon Payne delivers something that keeps the drama but is overall lighter and more accessible, swapping rumbling bass notes for a rising string section and Lee Ann’s powerful vocal for Waylon’s more fragile delivery. Waylon’s upcoming album Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me is out on September 11th.
Tim McGraw – Here On Earth
Tim McGraw recently announced he’d moved back to Big Machine, and has now revealed the launch of his first album under the new deal – and this is the title track. A grand meditation on the meaning of life set to a rising, rousing, uplifting arrangement. There’s no release date so far for the Here On Earth album, but it’s likely to appear sometime in the autumn.
Ruston Kelly – Rubber
Ruston Kelly announced his new album Shape And Destroy this week, the follow up to 2018 acclaimed Dying Star. This, the lead off track from the new album, treads a familiar contemplative vein as it muses on the question of how much do you bend before you break yourself? Shape And Destory is due for release on 28th August.
Laine Hardy – Tiny Town
Laine Hardy hit stardom when he won the 2019 season of American Idol, but here he reminisces on his upbringing in small town Louisiana. Tiny Town is the kind of song that will chime with anyone who has ever been uprooted and finds themselves yearning for the warm familiarity of home.