Here’s our pick of the top new Country and Americana releases for the week of 23/10/2020.
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!
Chris Stapleton – Arkansas
This week sees Stapleton release the third song from his upcoming album Starting Over, which is due for release on Friday 13th November. Arkansas sees Stapleton tear through a rockier number than the previous two songs, the guitars are turned up to eleven and that unmistakable growl is let loose. We’ve had a little bit of everything so far in the three releases, and excitement for this album is hitting fever pitch. The question is, can this man produce anything below-par? It’s certainly not looking that way.
Dierks Bentley – Gone
Having upped sticks and moved out west in March, Dierks Bentley returns with his first release since The Mountain. In this song, he tells the story of a man who’s hidden out at home following a breakup. It’s classic Bentley in content and sound, meaning it’s a generally enjoyable tune but it certainly won’t win him any new fans. Big production and a sing-a-long chorus will surely make it a hit on the road in the future.
Cam – Forgetting You
Ahead of the release of her new album The Otherside next Friday (23rd October), Cam has dropped the song Forgetting You. Showcasing her beautiful vocals alongside a simple production, it’s a song that’ll tug on the heart strings. If only country radio had more space for songs like this the world would be a much better place. Our recent interview with Cam goes live soon – check back here or the homepage for a link.
The Cadillac Three – Tabasco & Sweet Tea
Country rockers The Cadillac Three announced a surprise album earlier this week, the title track, Tabasco & Sweet Tea, bounces along with typical TC3 swagger. It edges slightly away from the fuzz-rock sound they’re known for, with a funky guitar riff grooving throughout. It’s a fun drinking song, something TC3 do pretty well, and represents a welcome return for the band.
Mason Lively – Somethin’ Bout a Southern Girl
Texan artist Mason Lively made an impact with us on his 2018 album Stronger Ties, which blended blues and country with a hint of the Lone Star State thrown in. For his latest release, Somethin’ Bout a Southern Girl, Lively has teamed up with Wade Bowen on production duties. It’s a pleasant song with a big chorus and the swell of pedal steel throughout, a thoroughly enjoyable return as Lively looks to push his career on. You can read his 2018 interview with us here.
Bruce Springsteen – The Power of Prayer
We got a little excited and gave The Boss’ new album Letter to You a 10 out of 10 review this week. The Power of Prayer is a powerful, guitar-driven song about being lifted up by the shared memories and moments we have with loved ones. Jake Clemons lends his saxophone in a beautiful crescendo. Honestly, if 2020 has you feeling worried or anxious, this album will give you a break and fill up your soul.
Koe Wetzel – Good Die Young
Koe Wetzel is an artist from the Texas scene who is perhaps well known for his expletive-laden and heavier approach to country music. Good Die Young retains those rocky roots whilst adding a lot more lyrical depth. If you like your country filled with overdriven guitars, Wetzel is one worth checking out.
Luke Dick Feat. Miranda Lambert – Polyester
It’s always nice to see the people behind the songs break through and Nashville songwriter Luke Dick has been behind many. With Polyester, he brings in the great Miranda Lambert to share vocal duties. It results in a fun, breezy tune that’ll have your foot tapping and put a smile on your face.