By Aaron Wagner
You just get the sense that Maddie & Tae are so close to being legit country superstars. They’re following up on their #1 hit “Die From a Broken Heart” with a new one this week in “Woman You Got.” It’s right in their wheelhouse with killer harmonies and unapologetic swagger. This has hit written all over it.
Justin Moore announced a new 8-song project called Straight Outta the Country set for an April 23rd release and gave us the first taste of what’s to come with “She Ain’t Mine No More.” Then there’s the new one from future star Meghan Patrick with “Never Giving up on You.” Meghan’s one of our favorite artists and it’s a matter of when, not if, she breaks through and becomes a country mainstay. Let’s hope it’s with this new song.
Eric Church keeps doing Eric Church things giving us a new song every other week at this pace. “Break It Kind Of Guy” is his latest this week and it’s a bit different than Church fans may be use to, but give it a listen. We are gifted Carrie Underwood’s gospel album My Savior this week. As usual, Carrie executes flawlessly throughout the project. Start with her rendition of “How Great Thou Art” and you’ll be hooked.
Miranda Lambert released “Am I Right or Amarillo”, another song from her demo project with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall. Tracy Lawrence seems to drop a new song each week and this week it’s the 90s-esque “Lonely 101.” Speaking of 90s country, Terri Clark has new music out this week. She sings about missing the lifestyle of touring and being out on the road with “The Highway.”
Favorite Songs from Country Risers
“True Crime” – Taylor Acorn: We’ve been huge fans of Taylor since Day 1 and it’s so dang cool to see her get the recognition she deserves and the success she’s having. Each new release from her peels back the onion even more and we get something new from her with every new song but “True Crime” might be one of her most emotionally vulnerable and honest songs to date. You can feel her pain when she sings and the production of this song is perfect.
“Wouldn’t Be a Country Boy” – Walker Montgomery: Looking at the song title I just knew it was going to be good and then I took a look at the songwriters and I was convinced. Written by Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson, Kyle Fishman, and Luke Bryan, Walker has an absolute gem on his hands. While the song title might hint toward a rowdy jam, I was pleasantly surprised that this is a mid-tempo that has handled delicately with care as he sings about how being a country boy has shaped who he is and what he values.
“Can’t Have Mine” – Jennifer Smestad: Jennifer chose this song to be her next release, based on a ton of feedback from fans asking for the full version after she shared a clip on TikTok. And it’s easy to see why. She gets very vulnerable and straight to the point singing about how enough is enough and when it’s eventually time to move on from someone. We can’t forget to mention just how good her vocals are. It’s flawless and as someone who is a new fan, I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.