By Aaron Wagner
This week’s theme of new music seems to be heartbreak and trying to move on.
Dierks Bentley gives fans new music this week with the release of his next heartbreak radio single “Gone.” The title is pretty self-explanatory as he’s not in the right headspace. Then there’s the great Luke Combs who released 5 new songs as part of his deluxe album. “Forever After All” is getting all the attention, but I actually think “The Other Guy” is the best of the bunch among the new ones.
Cam decided to keep the heartbreak theme going with the release of a ballad in “Forgetting You” that has her voice sound beautifully haunting.
We then get a run on collaborations, some that are country focused, while others collab with pop and hip hop artists.
Miranda Lambert and songwriter Luke Dick (“Bluebird”, “Round Here Buzz”) blend their voices together so damn well on “Polyester.” Still sticking in country collabs, rising artist Scarlett Burke and Tyler Rich’s “Breathe” is from iHeart’s new podcast Make It Up As We Go.
As for the other collabs….
Darius Rucker joins Young Bombs on “Wrong Side of Love”, Nelly and Florida Georgia Line once again join forces, this time on “Lil Bit”, and Thomas Rhett collabs with Teddy Swims on “Broke.”
Chris Stapleton cranks things all the way up on his new song “Arkansas”, Canaan Smith releases a heartfelt song about childhood memories with “Cabin In The Woods”, and The Swon Brothers release yet another country proud song with “Southern Draw.”
The Cadillac Three released their new album Tabasco & Sweet Tea. Start by taking a listen to “Sweet Southern Spirit.” Shenandoah continues to release songs each week on their upcoming collabs album. This week it’s “If Only” with Ashley McBryde. Lastly, Chuck Wicks releases his first song in a few years with “Solid Gold”, a love song for his wife.
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“The Longer I Lay Here” – Adam Hambrick and Jillian Jacqueline: When two of our favorite artists team up on a song, we’re going to be over the moon. These two are so under the radar and when they come together on this new release, their voices just fit. It’s nothing over powering, just a simple vocal showcase.
“Shoes to Fill” – Halle Kearns: I came into 2020 not knowing who Halle was, but with her first two jams “Pick Me Up” and “I Drink Whiskey” she caught my attention and it’s her new song this week that’s going to separate her from her peers. This song will pull at your heartstrings and probably lead to you calling your parents.
“Good One Gone” – Alex Maxwell and Ray Fulcher: Anything Ray writes these days is so pure and relatable. These two wrote this heartfelt song about the good things in our life that end up gone. It starts with our favorite truck, the girl that got away, to the loved one that passes away. Alex sang the heck out of this and credit him for having Ray featured on it as well.