Here’s our pick of the top new Country and Americana releases for the week of 09/10/2020.
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!
Josh Abbott Band – Settle Me Down
Josh Abbott Band will release their first full album in 3 years next month when The Highway Kind hits the shelves on 13th November. Settle Me Down is the latest track to be released ahead of the album, and it’s trademark JAB right down the line, a romantic ballad with a sweeping arrangement and Josh’s familiar gentle, slightly hushed delivery is right on point.
Justin Moore – We Didn’t Have Much
It was only last month that Justin Moore released his Live At The Ryman album, but here he is with new music from the studio. Many will connect in their own way with the nostalgic lean of the lyric, and the song itself is something altogether softer than that which we become accustomed to from the Arkansas artist. Works very well for him though.
Randall King – Takin’ It As It Comes
Randall King’s first album for a major label is due out in December, but it will be a poignant milestone. Leanna will be dedicated to King’s late sister, who died in April this year. Takin’ It As It Comes is a song about handling life’s twists and turns, one day at a time, and looks set to be included on the album.
Brothers Osborne – Make It A Good One
The Brothers’ third album Skeletons was released this week, and delivers everything their growing army of fans expects (you can read our review of the album HERE). Make It A Good One mines a similar seam to While You Still Can from Port Saint Joe, but makes it’s point with just a little more grit.
Ashley Campbell – Alice
Another new album out this week is Something Lovely. Ashley Campbell’s follow-up to debut album sees her take a stylistic shift, layering some delightfully written material with a light, more organic, rural sound that draws more evidently from her bluegrass roots in a way that The Lonely One occasionally hinted. Alice is a sweet and simple love song with a rootsy acoustic arrangement and Ashley’s pure, shining vocal.
James Dupré – Better Man
James Dupré is a man armed with a classical country baritone voice and loaded with a mix of songs that blend modern pop and rock influences with more traditional stylings, as you can find on his new album Home & Away. Better Man is a perfect example, a ballad that carries echoes of 90’s country along with elements that make for a current radio friendly sound.
George Shingleton – Have A Good Time
George Shingleton is a West Virginia native now based in Nashville, with a mission to deliver hard and dirty, hot and sweaty country music. From what we’ve heard so far his album Out All Nighter, due out in early December, looks set to meet that purpose. Have A Good Time is a rousing bar-room rocker with a sing-a-long honky tonk chorus and some suitably fuzzy guitar work that all together nods to Shingleton’s influences like Travis Tritt, Jamey Johnson and Hank Jr.
Travis Denning – Goodyears
There’s a dark 90’s rock tone to the new release from Travis Denning – something he’s always had in him but might be a surprise if you’re used to the somewhat lighter touch of songs like After A Few or A.B.B.Y. Most songs that hark back to small town life have more of a whimsical nostalgic mood, but Goodyears doesn’t follow in that track.