By Aaron Wagner
The one and only Eric Church is once again out with a new song from an upcoming album he has yet to share the full details about yet. “Hell Of a View” is my favorite song that he’s released this year. Maren Morris is at the top of her game and this week she channeled her feelings and emotions about this year’s summer of racial justice into her new song “Better Than We Found It.”
Jon Pardi released the deluxe version of his hit album Heartache Medication and one of the new tracks you have to check out is “Bar Downtown.” Speaking of deluxe albums, Ingrid Andress released a deluxe album for Lady Like which features the heartfelt “Feeling Things.” Then there’s new music from Lee Brice who currently has the #1 song in the country with “One Of Them Girls.” His new one is a drinking anthem “More Beer.”
Jerrod Niemann released two new songs this week and not one to speculate, but the personal nature of the songs makes them appear to be about his recent divorce from a year ago. Check out “The Blame” and “It Won’t Be Me.”
Brothers Osborne’s new album Skeletons comes out at the end of this week but released yet another song that will appear on it with the release of the up-tempo “Dead Mean’s Curve.” It must be the week of deluxe albums as Brantley Gilbert released one for his Fire & Brimstone. An early favorite is “Old Friends.”
“Range Rover” is such a cool song title and Devin Dawson makes it more than just a cool title with his fun new song this week. Cody Johnson had already released “Dear Rodeo” but the new version of it features Reba McEntire and will be sent to a radio station near you. “Workin’ Out” is a new song from Lindsay Ell that will be the theme song for iHeart’s new originally scripted podcast Make It Up As We Go.
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“Cuss A Little” – Kylie Morgan feat. Walker Hayes: Kylie has one of the best and most unique voices when it comes to country risers. This song features just the right amount of Walker, while still letting Kylie own the song from a lead vocals standpoint. I love that it’s not overly produced and I think the message of the song is one that everyone can smirk and relate to.
“Love Ya Son, Go Dawgs” – Ray Fulcher: Ray is a star songwriter in his own right, but I was able to hear this song at a writers round last year when one of the songwriters Jordan Walker (“When It Rains It Pours”) sang it and it’s one of those songs that just hits different. The lyrics being about the special relationship between a father and a son has the potential to be a big song for Ray as an artist.
“Four Good Years” – SixForty1: I’m such a sucker for a good song filled with those feelings of nostalgia. That’s what this rising duo has on their hands with this song. I’ve been a fan of these guys for awhile – I just really enjoy their sound – and I’m optimistic that a song like this is going to get them their really big break they deserve.