Our very first Swag Spotlight of 2019, Brandon Ratcliff is delivering his emotions on a silver platter in his newest song entitled “Slow Down Hometown.” This marks the third new song from the rising country artist, who is currently working on his first debut record. “Slow Down Hometown” follows his debut single “Rules of Breaking Up” and the infectious “Number in My Phone.”
We first heard the new song, during an intimate set at a low-key New York City bar as part of a string of ‘Sofar Sounds’ shows. He explained, during the event that the track was near and dear to his heart, calling it a “love letter” to his hometown. Today, the singer-songwriter took to Instagram to express his gratitude for the new song, as well as, for Alison Krauss, who lent her vocals to the noteworthy track.
He shared on Instagram, “Growing up in a small town, I never really knew what it looked like to leave. Everything just felt right when I was there, all my friends and family were there, every pivotal memory or defining moment in my life was made there […] But when I picked up and tried to make this music thing work, all that went away. Most of the friends and family are still there, and the place is still ultimately what it was when I lived there, but my perspective has shifted… everything feels further away now. And I learned that everyone and everything changes, grows, or evolves and you either grow together or you grow apart. I wrote this song to try to explain what that feeling is like.”
“Slow down hometown / Why you gotta move so fast / Tell me why it feels like / I’m the only one looking back.”
The song shows Ratcliff’s more vulnerable side, expands his artistry and shows off his capabilities, proving exactly why we named him one of our 2019 Artists to Watch. We can’t wait to continue to watch his career blossom and champion his talent along the way. Catch him this September with Keith Urban in Las Vegas, and make sure to keep an eye out on his website, brandonratcliff.com for shows in a city near you.
“Slow Down Hometown” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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