By Aaron Wagner
We’ve been anticipating this news for a while and it has finally arrived…Tim McGraw is dropping a new album. This week he released the title track “Here On Earth” in anticipation of the album’s August 21st release date.
Speaking of long-awaited albums, Brett Eldredge released his first album in 3 years with Sunday Drive. “Then You Do” is one of my early favorites on a really well-written project from the Illinois native. Arguably my favorite new music this week is the collaboration EP Jimmie Allen put together. Named Bettie James after his grandmother and father, the project features collaborations with Nelly, Brad Paisley, The Oak Ridge Boys, and more. “Why Things Happen” is my favorite as he is joined by Darius Rucker and Charley Pride.
Rascal Flatts released another new song off their upcoming EP. Teaming up with one of the best country risers in Rachel Wammack, “Quick, Fast, In A Hurry” is a masterpiece in vocals. Lindsay Ell shared very personal news this week sharing that she had been sexually assaulted at 13 and 21. She wrote a deeply moving and inspirational song that’s a must-listen called “make you.”
Muscadine Bloodline released a four-song EP that includes a collaboration with Lainey Wilson on “Pieces.” If you’re looking at the next duo that’s going to take country music by storm it’s Lakeview as they continue to release absolute jams. Their latest jam “She Drove Me To The Bar” is one you’re gonna wanna crank.
“As Far As I Know” is Sean Stemaly’s latest this week as the country riser looks to keep his momentum going. Another riser with a great country voice is “Tyler Booth” and he also dropped a new song this week with “In God and Trucks We Trust.”
Two other artists that dropped new music that we’re digging are The Dryes and Drew Green. You’ll be hearing more about them in the next week or so but The Dryes’ “YES” and Drew Green’s “Right Where I Be” are some great new adds to your playlist this week.
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“Born to Ride” – Manny Blu: This is such a fun song to listen to. Written by Rhett Akins, Josh Osborne, and Ross Copperman the song tells a story about not worrying about the outside noise and pursuing love in a relationship. I would love for this to get to radio somehow.
“Above Water” – QUEEVA: How this girl is only 16 years-old with such an incredible voice absolutely blows my mind. There are some country songs that just stand out as different and “Above Water” is one of them. You can tell that she put her whole heart into the lyrics and vocal performance. So impressive.
“Throwback” – Hudson Moore: With a polished voice, Hudson has created something really special with his new release. With a nod to the country artists and songs he grew up on, he opts to stay in with his girl and listen to country music rather than taking on the town for yet another weekend.