By Aaron Wagner
Granger Smith is back. Granger announced he will release a two part album, with the first part Country Things Vol. 1 coming out September 25. In the lead up to that, he released two new songs this week that are fantastic with “Hate You Like I Love You” and the title track “Country Things.”
Keith Urban’s new release “Tumbleweed” is such a fun one and the exact type of song that is a Keith Urban song through and through. While I’ve been skeptical about Eric Church’s first two releases being two rock heavy, I’m a huge fan of his new release this week with “Crazyland.”
Carrie Underwood’s Christmas album is due out at the end of September and this week she released an original song she helped co-write with “Let There Be Peace.” Speaking of album releases, HARDY’s new album comes out this upcoming Friday and he release yet another song from that album with “TRUCK.”
I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest Chris Stapleton fan, but I’m really enjoying his new release this week called “Starting Over.” The song is also the name of his upcoming album being released November 13th.
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“All Over Again” – Ryan Griffin: Ryan is one of my favorite country risers and he’s making the best music of his career as he released his new EP Name On It this week. This song in particular stands out as there is so much dang emotion put into this song.
“We Go Together Like” – Abby Anderson: There might not be a rising artist that has as large of a voice as Abby does. This song was a fan favorite last year and Abby listened to her fans by releasing this song. I think it was a great choice, as there’s a deeper sense of maturity in the songwriting and execution of the song than some of her fun-loving songs that I’m also a huge fan of.
“Girl Most Likely” – Dani Taylor: Some songs just stand out and catch your attention and that’s what Dani did with her debut release. It’s killing me as I can’t think of who she sounds like, but maybe that’s a good thing as her sound is so good and apparently unique to my ear. Singing about how she’s different than other girls, there’s a clever blend of country and pop that artists like Kelsea, Maren, and Tenille Arts are excelling at. Keep an eye on Dani. She has massive star potential just off of this initial release.