Here are some of the top new releases during the month of June 2021.
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Cody Johnson – Longer Than She Did
With new double album Human slated for release in October, Cody Johnson is giving fans a preview by releasing 2 tracks each month. ‘Til You Can’t is a heartfelt plea to take life’s chances while you can, while Longer Than She Did is a heartbreak song with a funky rhythm and wah-wah guitar with writing credits for Matt Stell and Eric Paslay. “They say time gonna heal the pain | Every cloud runs out of rain | But I got a feeling that this broken heart of mine is gonna stay with me | Longer than she did”.
Ray Johnston Band – Borrowed Time
‘We are all on borrowed time, the only thing guaranteed, we’re born, we die, so why dont we try, to make the best of the in between”. Living in remission from Leukemia gives Ray Johnston a perspective on life that’s a little different to most people, and he channels that insight not only into Borrowed Time, the band’s latest single, but also pouring his “go out swinging” approach to life into much of his songwriting.
Carson Jeffrey – Somewhere In The Middle
There’s so much good music coming out of Texas these days… Carson Jeffrey is a young guy making a name for himself in the Texas music scene and his new EP Buzzed Brain Pt.1, although only 3 tracks, has plenty of appeal for mainstream audiences who’ve become familiar with the likes of Cody Johnson and Parker McCollum.
Caleb Lee Hutchinson – Who I Am
After claiming the runner-up spot in 2018’s American Idol, with a voice that belies his 22 years, Caleb Lee Hutchinson released a well received debut EP produced by Kristian Bush (Sugarland). 2020 put things on hold somewhat, understandably, but he returns now with the self-penned Who I Am – a good way to re-establish his artistic identity, and get that voice back out there.
Lady A – Chance Of Rain
After an eventful 2020, Lady A are using new EP What A Song Can Do (Chapter One) as an opportunity to re-ground themselves and get back to the business of making music. The seven songs on the EP, all with writing contributions from at least one member of the group, give listeners a sense of being party to some inner thoughts and conversations that have taken place during the last 12 months or so. Chance Of Rain is an exhortation to ignore that slimmest chance of failure and take the risk anyway, with a sound that’s something of a call back to earlier hits like Love Don’t Live Here.
Chad Cooke Band – Señorita Sky
Texas honky-tonkers the Chad Cooke Band pour out the laid back summertime feels on Señorita Sky, a track that also allows space and time to bring their harmony vocals derservedly to the fore. The band saw Whatever It Takes climb to No. 3 on the country singles charts a couple of years ago, to go along with their stack of hits on the Texas music charts, and this track sounds just Nashville enough that it should gain national airplay.
Drake White – Hurts The Healing
Drake White’s health issues have been widely reported over the last couple of years, but there’s a feeling of a new beginning with the very welcome couple of tracks he’s released this month. Hurts The Healing finds White in great form vocally, and Jaren Johnson’s production gives a fresh and modern setting.
Gary Allan – Unfiltered
Ruthless, Gary Allan’s first album in 8 years and his first for new label EMI Nashville, straddles both his classic 90’s period and the current Nashville scene. Allan used a variety of producers (Jay Joyce twiddles the knobs on this track) and writing luminaries like Rodney Clawson, Hillary Lindsey, Matt Warren and Shane McAnally, resulting in a set of songs that sit comfortably outside of any distinct time period, with a unique voice as the consistent thread tying the project together.
Mike & The Moonpies – Paycheck To Paycheck
If the thought of a song named Paycheck to Paycheck has you anticipating a hard kicking 70’s style tune with a lyric chock full of references to Johnny of the same, then Mike and The Moonpies do not let you down here, the band’s first new material since 2019’s Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold album. This track dropped out of the blue, something they’ve developed a bit of a habit for in recent years. So, no news on a new album at this point… but fingers crossed it won’t be too long.
Jesse Daniel – Clayton Was A Cowboy
Clayton Was A Cowboy is the opening track to Jesse Daniel’s new long-player Beyond These Walls, set for release on 30th July. This track begins with a sound that’s a little more towards a singer-songwriter style than Daniel’s usual solid honky-tonkin’ – but that soon passes as the tempo picks up and the groove hits its sweet spot.
Flatland Cavalry – A Cowboy Knows How
FC’s new album Welcome To Countryland is out on 2nd July, and it’s been trailed by the up-front release of a fair few of its 14 tracks. Every one has been written or -co-written by front man Cleto Cordero – except for this one. A Cowboy Knows How comes from the collective pens of hitmakers Dan Isbell, Jonathan Singleton and… Luke Combs. Credits elsewhere on the album include Kyle Nix (of Turnpike Troubadours) and Lainey Wilson. Definitely an album to look out for on 2nd July.
Steep Canyon Rangers – It Ain’t Me
No, not a bluegrass cover of the similarly titled Bob Dylan track, but an out-take from the sessions that produced the band’s most recent album Arm In Arm. The plan is to release more of these studio extras as singles over the coming months.
Martha Fields – Headed South
Raised in the Appalachian hills but based in the South of France for a few years now, Martha Fields has the kind of grounding and influences that naturally lead to Americana with a subtle European tint. Martha’s current album Headed South was recorded in France with her band, before being mixed in Nashville – another transatlantic ingredient – but this title track from the album is solidly Stateside.
Wynn Williams – Long Gone
Hard working, hard playing Fort Worth native Wynn Williams new track Long Gone follows in the slipstream of last year’s well received self titled debut album. A cowboy to his bones, Williams’s can’t help but let that root seep into his music, with a decided lean into 90’s country added for good measure.
Brantley Gilbert, Toby Keith, HARDY – The Worst Country Song Of All Time
A strong contender, for sure.