By Aaron Wagner
Scotty McCreery is back with a new song this week as he once again sings about his wife Gabi in “You Time.” Michael Ray turns back the clocks to a 90s sounding song in his new one “Whiskey and Rain.” Then there’s Matt Stell who just continues to crank out great song after great song. “Better Than That” is his new release this week.
Danielle Bradbery wonders about what people are up to back home in her piano and guitar ballad “Girls In My Hometown.” When it comes to females trying to breakthrough in country music, MacKenzie Porter is one that comes to mind. The talented artist from Canada is out with a fun one this week “Drinkin’ Songs.”
Granger Smith released his new EP this week and it features the feel good dad song “I Kill Spiders” that is a must listen. We are huge fans of Filmore here at Raised On It and are over the moon with his debut album State I’m In. Check out “Living Easy” as one of my early favorites.
It’s back-to-back weeks of new songs for Adam Doleac as this week’s release is “Another.” 90s country band Shenandoah is working on a collabs album and this week rolled out their first with Zac Brown Band joining them on “I’d Take Another One of Those.” Speaking of collabs, Caitlyn Smith released two new songs as part of a deluxe release and re-recorded “I Can’t” to now feature Old Dominion.
Muscadine Bloodline released a new album Burn It at Both Ends and one of my early favorites is “Here Goes Nothing” in which they are joined by Jordan Fletcher. Chris Stapleton released a new song that I’m not digging called “Cold.”
If you want a great country sounding song then Aaron Watson is usually the way to go and that doesn’t change this week with “Silverado Saturday Night.” Then Travis Tritt returns with “Ghost Town Nation” while John Rich releases the heartfelt and powerful “Earth to God.”
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“Armed & Dangerous” – Cody Hibbard: This is the type of song that belong on radio right now. It’s that good. I really enjoyed the concept of the song as he sings about the girl that broke his heart and really hurt him. This is a must add to your playlists.
“Always Will Be” – John King: Man, this is just a fun song. John sings about being in young love and never wanting to lose that youthful spirit that made the connection special in the first place.
“Farewell” – Farewell Angelina: While I think I’m aware of a lot of rising artists, I’m always glad when an artist comes on my radar that I haven’t heard of before and that’s the case with this all-female country group. This group has such a great sound and harmonizes really well. Add in strings on this song and you’ve got yourself a really cool sounding song. I am absolutely buying stock in Farewell Angelina going forward, largely in part due to this new release.