By Aaron Wagner
We are blessed with new Thomas Rhett music this week. “What’s Your Country Song” is cleverly written, weaving in plenty of country song references and the production is perfect, making this a future #1 hit for him. Chris Stapleton released his highly anticipated Starting Over Album. The title track is the standout song but check out the rest of it including the fun “Worry B Gone.”
Easton Corbin released a six song EP this week and one of my favorite songs on it is “Old Lovers Don’t Make Good Friends.” Also out this week is Shenandoah’s collaboration album Every Road which features collabs with Luke Bryan, Carly Pearce, Lady A and plenty of others including Brad Paisley joining them on “Life Would Be Perfect.”
Tim McGraw and Midland join forces on a cover of The Bellamy Brothers hit “Redneck Girl” and Kelsea Ballerini gets help from Shania Twain on “Hole in the Bottle.” Although to be honest, Shania’s feature on “Hole in the Bottle” makes the song sound sloppy and busy.
Josh Abbott Band released a brand new album called The Highway Kind and the title track is an early favorite of mine. Rising country artist Kameron Marlowe is quickly making himself a household name based on his streaming success and he’s out with a new EP this week. For starters, give “Goin’ There Today” a listen.
Up and coming artist Jackson Michelson released “One Day” last year, but he’s officially sending it to radio with a new version that features 90s country star Collin Raye. It’s a beautiful rendition as Raye truly elevates the song.
My 3 Favorite Songs from Country Risers:
“You Still Keep Me Up” – SixForty1 and Morgan Johnston: I’m a sucker for the male-female collab and these rising artists have a great tune on their hands. SixForty1 always has great harmonies to begin with and making sure Morgan Johnston is featured takes this song from really good to great. These are two names to keep an eye on.
“Jean Jacket” – Alison Elena: Always a fan of clever song titles that make you hit play, that’s exactly what Alison Elena’s new song made me do. I love the concept of a simple object we all take for granted and spinning it around to be an empowering, “I’m moving on” type of song. I get some Carly Pearce vibes from Alison’s voice on this song. A must listen this week.
“Friends Again” – Gina Venier: With so many rising artists, I can’t imagine how difficult it is to stand out amongst their peers, but a few seconds into hearing Gina Venier’s vocals you figure out that she’s the real deal. This is a well-written country song that is the type of song that belongs on radio. Even if the song never gets there, Gina is standing out by continuing to make great music, with this killer new song this week.