By Aaron Wagner
The early returns on Luke Bryan’s new album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here are extremely positive as many feel like it’s similar to his debut album I’ll Stay Me. “For a Boat” is my early favorite off of his new album.
Written with star songwriters JT Harding, Ross Copperman, and Josh Osborne, Darius Rucker has a great summer jam for the last few weeks of summer with “Beers and Sunshine.” Keith Urban also released a new one this week in “Change Your Mind” as he sings about a past love and living with the regrets and mistakes he made.
I’m so excited for Tim McGraw’s next album to drop on Friday, but in the meantime he continues to release songs from the upcoming project. This week it’s the fun-loving “Good Taste in Women.” Also new this week is more songs from Cassadee Pope as she released her EP Rise and Shine. I’m really loving her voice on the stripped down “Sand Paper.”
Everyone is excited to hear what Caylee Hammack’s debut album If It Wasn’t For You will sound like later this week when it’s released. The talented vocalist released an empowering new song this week in “Forged In The Fire” in the lead up to the new album. “I Ain’t Without” is an emotional love song from Tucker Beathard that he wrote with his dad, Casey Beathard.
Alana Springsteen is a country riser who continues to turn heads with new music, this week being “Wasn’t Lookin’ for Ya.” We featured Ian McConnell’s latest single “We Wouldn’t Know” on Friday as he’s one artist we’re excited to see where his future goes. Lastly, couldn’t forget one of our favorite acts from the UK as duo Holloway Road dropped their latest in “Senseless.”
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“Love Is a Dead End Road” – Tyler Braden: This song hooked me in within the first few lines. Tyler wrote this with Chase Rice and Brock Berryhill (“Homesick”, “What Happens in a Small Town”, “Happy Does”) and absolutely delivered a knockout punch right to the feels. The clever double meaning of the song title and singing about real life in a creative way makes this song a hit.
“Hometown Boys” – Brian Callihan: Speaking of singing about real life, that’s exactly what Brian does in his new song. The chorus is really memorable when he comes in singing “Hometown Boys.” It’s the type of song that makes you instantly think of a family member or good buddy.
“Just About Over You” – Priscilla Block: To say that this song has gone viral would be an understatement. That being said, I hope it doesn’t takeaway from the killer song Priscilla wrote and the vocal performance she gives by absolutely pouring her heart out singing. The hook in the chorus is so good to the point that the phrase becomes one that you sing in your head all week long.