Jordan Harvey’s EP, It Is What It Is, is out now, January 20th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand-new project below and check out our full review.
While Jordan Harvey may not be a household name just yet, it’s only a matter of time. Today, January 20, the rising country star released his debut EP with BBR Music Group / Broken Bow Records, It Is What It Is. On the five-song collection, the self-proclaimed “Caledonian Cowboy” weaves country themes, pop hooks, and an unapologetic Scottish side into a delightfully unexpected package.
The EP features two previously released tracks, the lush ballad “I Will” and the viral hit “Alabama Girl.” On “I Will,” the former member of King Calaway shows his romantic side as he pursues a girl who’s wasting her time on a dud of a dude. “If he won’t, I will,” Harvey proclaims of all the things a guy should do to make his girl feel special.
Meanwhile, “Alabama Girl” finds our Scottish hero unexpectedly falling in love with a Southern belle.
“God knows I’m a goner // Fell hard for a southerner’s daughter // Down here, I’m a fish outta water // Boy from across the pond // She likes my accent // I love her drawl // Yelling, “Roll Tide!” with her crimson lips and her Levi’s // And I can’t believe that she’s all mine // Now my whole world is a Rammer Jammer Alabama girl”
Harvey continues to celebrate love on “Along for the Ride,” a slice of pure pop country perfection that finds Harvey on a scenic drive with a someone special. Yet, on the catchy uptempo, his eyes aren’t on the scenery, but on his companion, as he muses, “I might have my hands on the wheel, but I’m just along for the ride.”
“Overnight” and the EP’s final track, “Thing About Change,” both show the young crooner’s more vulnerable side as the former finds him dealing with a breakup, but not too proud to admit that he’s not quite ready to move on. “I ain’t getting over you overnight,” he sings, “so come over tonight.”
Lastly, the album ends with the poignant “Thing About Change,” which tells the familiar tale of a cowboy falling in love, despite his best attempts not to. Here, he reveals that he never thought settling down was in his path, until“his stubborn heart fell for yours.” On the swoon-worthy ballad, he admits “I never liked a thing about change, ‘til you changed everything.”
On It Is What It Is, Jordan Harvey presents a solid debut project that is full of catchy uptempos and heartfelt ballads that are sure to endear him to music fans everywhere.
Jordan Harvey – It Is What It Is EP Tracklist:
Along For The Ride
Thing About Change
Jordan Harvey’s EP, ‘It Is What It Is’ is out now on all streaming platforms.
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It Is What It Is EP is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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Madeline Consoer’s EP, LITTLE MISS, is out now, December 16th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand-new project below and check out our full review.
Earlier this year, we introduced you to singer-songwriter, Madeline Consoer. The sassy songstress is both talented and tenacious, creating music her fans can relate to. Today, Consoer is kicking off her new era of music with her brand new EP, LITTLE MISS.
The five-song sampler kicks off with the title track, “Little Miss.” Consoer digs her heels in, as she sings about the two-faced Nashville girls that she has encountered throughout her career. Every girl can relate to those wishy-washy friends and those mean girls.
“Little Miss two-faced // Why you love to hate me? // Told me we were cool // But I guess that it was all fake // Heard you called me crazy // To everyone that ain’t me // If you got a problem honey // Comе say it to my face // Little Miss two-faced”
Consoer keeps the energy up with the next song on the record. “Running Into A Heartbreak” is an infectious, pop-country song all about dealing with one heartbreak after another. Despite thinking this guy was the right one, it still just did not work. Her honesty and vulnerability is on full display on this track.
On “Heaven,” the songstress shows off her sweet and sentimental side. Similarly on the ballad, “Love Me Like That,” Consoer bares her soul and her heart, expressing how it feels to be loved despite her flaws. The song is a true stand-out on the EP.
The record culminates with the fifth and final track on the record, “Drinking To You.” Another standout, the track feels confident and relatable, despite the lyrical content. Overall, LITTLE MISS is a great re-introduction to Consoer’s rising talent.
Madeline Consoer LITTLE MISS EP Tracklist:
Running Into A Heartbreak
Love Me Like That
Drinking To You
Madeline Consoer’s new EP, ‘LITTLE MISS’ is out now.
Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Madeline Consoer releases.
LITTLE MISS EP is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
Granger Smith’s new surprise album, Moonrise is out now, November 18th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the full album below.
In anticipation of his debut movie, ‘Moonrise,’ singer-songwriter, Granger Smith is surprising fans with brand new music. Today, the artist released a new album by the same, Moonrise.
“It’s about a country singer (imagine that) who’s really stubborn (sounds familiar), I have a lot to tell y’all about, including an entire album I wrote for the film that comes out…VERY soon,” shared the singer earlier this week across his social Media accounts.
Each of the twelve songs depict the story of the film, which is set to release on December 15th. However, it is also apparent that Smith deeply connects to each of these songs on his on a personal ladder, as soon like “Still Find You” and “In This House” read like a beautiful diary entry. While each of the twelve songs are prolific in their own right, the title track, “Moonrise” certainly takes the cake as one of the most impressive songs on the new album.
Listen to the brand new album below!
Granger Smith – Moonrise Track List:
Tailgate Church Pew
Still Find You
In This House
Something Is Changing
Something To Go On
Granger Smith’s new album ‘Moonrise’ is out now on all streaming platforms.
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Moonrise is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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Madeline Edwards’ new debut album, Crashlanded is out now, November 4th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the full album below.
Singer-songwriter, Madeline Edwards is officially making her major-label debut with Warner Music Nashville with her brand new album, Crashlanded. The twelve-song project is a cool, pop-country record, featuring songs for everyone.
“I’m very excited for everyone to hear the stories, the musical influences, the time and the experience that has brought me to this moment. Crashlanded feels like my child,” shared Edwards in a recent press release. “I’m very excited for this new venture with Warner and having a partner coming alongside that respects and sees my vision for the music. We’re about to go to the moon and it feels surreal.”
Songs like the title track, “Crashlanded” will have you rooting for Edwards from the get go! Other songs like, “Why I’m Calling” and “Too Much Of A Good Thing” give you a new perspective on the songstress and her undeniable talent.
Listen to the brand new album below!
Madeline Edwards – Crashlanded Track List:
Mama, Dolly, Jesus
The Biggest Wheel
How Strong I Am
Hold My Horses
Why I’m Calling
Too Much Of A Good Thing
Country Swag Picks:
“Too Much Of A Good Thing”
“Mama, Dolly, Jesus”
Madeline Edwards’ major-label debut, ‘Crashlanded’ is out now.
Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Madeline Edwards releases.
Crashlanded is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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Lainey Wilson’s new album, Bell Bottom Countryis out now, October 28th on all streaming platforms. Take a listen and read our full review below.
From the opening chords of “Hillbilly Hippie,” it’s clear that Bell Bottom Country is not your typical modern country album, in the best way possible. There’s twang and soul, rock and revival, creating a unique sound that immediately invites listeners in, letting them know they’re about to experience something special.
ACM New Female Artist of the Year Lainey Wilson has firmly embraced her own style which she describes as “country music with flare.” On her sophomore release, Bell Bottom Country she exemplifies that description. “I’ve lived quite a bit of life the past few years, and I have a lot more to say,” she reveals. “Sure, I love a good pair of bell bottoms, but Bell Bottom Country to me has always been about the flare and what makes someone unique — I have really embraced mine, and I hope y’all can hear that across this project.”
On the rising superstar’s second album, she is exposing her various sides, both lyrically and musically. Here, the Louisiana native is tender yet rowdy, sweet yet gritty, and honest yet vulnerable.
On songs like “Road Runner,” “Atta Girl,” and the previously-released “Heart Like a Truck,” she’s a runner struggling to stay in one place, dealing with the heartbreak that comes with big dreams, proclaiming “I gotta chase the sunrise to keep the tumble in my weed.” Meanwhile, both “Atta Girl” and “Heart Like a Truck” find her down but not out, with a heart that’s a lot stronger than it may seem.
“I got a heart like a truck // It’s been drug through the mud // Runs on dreams and gasoline // And that ole highway holds the key // It’s got a lead foot down when it’s leaving // Lord knows it’s taken a hell of a beating // A little bit of love is all that it’s needing // But it’s good as it is tough // I got a heart like a truck.”
The singer-songwriter embraces a good time on songs like “Hold My Halo,” “Grease,” and “This One’s Gonna Cost Me.” “Grease” is a funky doo-wop-laden jam, while “Hold My Halo” has hints of “Redneck Woman,” mixing driving guitars with a powerful girl-power-infused anthem. Here, Wilson is ready for an evening that would make an angel blush, breaking out the denim, and leaving a little lipstick on a Solo cup. “Gonna tear up this town, like a drunk tornado,” She growls. “Light it up, Tell that angel inside of me to hide her wings and lay low, hold my halo.”
On “Weak-End” she’s dealing with a broken heart, while “Watermelon Moonshine” is a bittersweet ode to young love. While the former is a mournful yet clever take on the drunk dial “Wish that Friday wasn’t just another way to say lonely”), the latter recalls first drinks, first loves, and first times.
“Too young to know what love was // But we were learnin’ on a sweet buzz // There’s never nothin’ like the first time // And mine’s always gonna taste like // Watermelon moonshine”
With “Those Boots (Deddy’s Song),” the thirty-year-old pays homage to her father, who has left big “boots” for a future husband to fill. As of late, the song has become all the more meaningful to the singer, who nearly lost her father earlier this year to a fungal infection that caused him to have a stroke and lose an eye.
Likewise “Me, You, and Jesus,” “Live Off” and “Wildflowers and Wild Horses” find Wilson tipping her cowboy hat to her country life, her faith, and her upbringing. “Wildflowers” is a dusty ode to the way she was raised, proclaiming, “I’m five generations of blazing a trail,” while “Me, You, and Jesus” shows Wilson finding solace with two important men in her life. “When the world comes between us, Y’all don’t give up or give a damn,” She sings on the clever song of love and faith. “You just take me for who I am, We can get through anything, And baby we make one hell of a team, Me, you and Jesus.”
In recent months, there have been multiple female acts (Ashley McBryde, Pillbox Patti, Miranda Lambert) releasing gritty, soulful, and unabashedly country albums, and Lainey Wilson’s Bell Bottom Country is yet another release that proves the best country music might just not be found on the radio.
Lainey Wilson – Bell Bottom Country Track List:
Hillbilly Hippie (Lainey Wilson, Terri Jo Box, Jeremy Bussey)
This One’s Gonna Cost Me (Lainey Wilson, Nicolette Hayford, Faren Rachels)
Those Boots (Deddy’s Song) (Lainey Wilson, Terri Jo Box, Trent Tomlinson)
Live Off (Lainey Wilson, Trannie Anderson, Dallas Wilson, Adam Doleac)
Wildflowers and Wild Horses (Lainey Wilson, Trannie Anderson, Paul Sikes)
What’s Up (What’s Going On) (Linda Perry)
Country Swag Picks:
Hold My Halo
Heart Like a Truck
Lainey Wilson’s sophomore album, ‘Bell Bottom Country’ is out now.
Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Lainey Wilson releases.
Wilson will be on the road with Luke Combs through early 2023 as part of the superstar’s mega tour, with stops at Mohegan Sun on November 4 and 5. For more tour dates, click here. She’ll also appear on the small screen as a part of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone TV series, beginning November 13th.
Bell Bottom Country is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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Thomas Rhett’s new EP, Merry Christmas, Y’all, is out now, October 21st on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below and check out our full review.
In order to get us all ready for the holidays, Thomas Rhett released his first Christmas project. His new EP, perfectly titled, Merry Christmas, Y’all is a four-song spirited project that is everything we never knew we needed in the wide breadth of Christmas music.
While Rhett usually keeps fans in the loop, this project came as a surprise to fans, with the singer sharing the news just one day prior to its release. According to the superstar, Christmas music was always coming. “I love everything about Christmas. There’s nothing like the holiday season. I wanted to record some of the Christmas songs that my family and I enjoy every year. I hope this music gets everyone in the holiday spirit!,” shared the singer in a recent press release.
On the project, Rhett covered Christmas classics including, “Winter Wonderland,” “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.” Each of the four tracks keeps with the classic nature of the song, while still adding the signature Thomas Rhett twist.
Merry Christmas, Y’all is the perfect addition to the growing holiday tracks in the country music genre!
Thomas Rhett – Merry Christmas, Y’all EP Tracklist:
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Thomas Rhett releases first holiday project, ‘Merry Christmas, Y’all,” out now.
Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Thomas Rhett releases.
Merry Christmas, Y’all is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
Spencer Crandall’s new album, Western is out now, October 21st on all streaming platforms. Take a listen and read our full review below.
For independent artist, Spencer Crandall, his fourth studio album, Western, is his most ambitious project yet. On the twenty track collection, he explores his vulnerable side, dividing the album into six chapters: Scorpion, Mustang, Revolver, Pickaxe, Desert and Gold.
“I strive to create songs and tell stories that impact people’s lives in a meaningful way, and to say I’ve put my entire heart into this album would be an understatement,” He reveals in a recent press release. “My fans can expect the most vulnerable, energetic and authentic version of myself that I have ever put out, and I’m so honored that I get to tell these stories and share them with the world.”
Released today, October 21, the autobiographical journey follows Crandall through pain and triumph, themes including love lost, therapy, addiction, and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Throughout the collection, listeners are taken on a unique journey, as Crandall explores topics often taboo in country music.
There’s the deeply-personal “Enough,” which finds the singer-songwriter endlessly vulnerable as he admits to seeking self-acceptance in social media likes, video views, and money, finally settling into his skin as he realizes his own self-worth. “The smiles in all the photos that I’m taking, reflect the picture-perfect life that I’ve been faking,” He admits. “If the streams and shows and follows all dried up, I’m still enough.”
The album opens with the smoky intro track, “There is a Fire,” which immediately leads into “K(no)w Better” and “Get Away,” part of the album’s Scorpion chapter. Here he tackles his vices, admitting that he “knows better, but he’s no better.” Meanwhile, “Get Away From Me” has him dealing with all of the insecurities and vices that he desperately wants to push away, but instead chooses to stay busy to get them to go away.
Likewise, the reflective “7 and 70” has him grappling with being a people pleaser who fails to put himself first, as he realizes that the only person he has to impress is himself at different points in life. “If I could talk to a younger me, I’d want to be the man that he wants to be // I’d want to tell him he got more// Than everything he prayed for // And if I walked with the man that I’ll become // I want him to be proud of all we done // There are only two opinions that matter to me // And that’s me at 7 and 70.”
Much of the album has Crandall dealing with a broken heart, love lost, and an on-again, off-again fling. This happens on songs like “What Do We Do Now?”, “Friends,” “Future in the Past,” No New Memories,” and “Red Flags.”
On “What Do We Do Now?,” he finds himself wondering about the logistics of a breakup and what to do next. It’s utterly relatable yet often not touched on in songs. “If we stay friends, I can’t pretend that I’m over you,” He admits. “But I can’t stand the thought of moving on without you in my life.” Meanwhile “Friends” finds him musing that he and an ex should’ve never crossed the line to being more than just friends since things didn’t quite work out.
On the heartbreaking “Future in the Past,” he deals with the loss of things that never happened, like wedding gifts and baby names, while “No New Memories” has him moving on from a failed relationship, despite missing out on the possibility of new moments. “What’s the point of starting over if there’s no new memories to make?” Likewise, “Girls Like You” is about a girl he met at a bar, who has moved on when he hasn’t. “What was I thinking when I said we needed a break? Did I really expect any guy in the city to wait?”
On “To Be Continued,” he finds himself and the ex in an on-and-off situation that they both know will result in a late-night drunk dial. Meanwhile, “Red Flags” boasts a clever lyric about a girl who has shown her true side. “I took off my rose-colored glasses,” He sings. “I see your red flags.”
It’s not all sadness on Western, however, as Crandall dreams of a soulmate on “Made,” revealing that true love is worth fighting for. He also continues his introspection on “Side of the Stage,” which finds him longing for a hugely successful career, but also finds him searching for someone to share it with as he wonders “What’s it worth at the end of the day if there ain’t nobody at the side of the stage?” He’s vulnerable here as he admits that he gets so lost in chasing the dream that he fails to be a good son, sibling, and friend.
One of the album’s clear highlights is the driving and catchy “Didn’t Do,” an ode to seizing the day and not playing things too safe.
“I wanna give my heart away like it ain’t gonna break // Let someone in even if it ends // Rather end up penniless, chasing my bucket list // ‘Cause overtime’s never time well spent // I’ll take the pounding headache, hangover // Over missing out on late nights // ‘Cause the nights I remember, end with a sunrise // Took me wondering what if to know it’s true // Rather regret what I did than what I didn’t do”
While Crandall co-wrote 18 of the album’s 20 tracks, the two he didn’t write are surprising cover choices: Justin Bieber and Shania Twain. His cover of Bieber’s “Anyone” is sure to be a highlight of any live show, while his take on Twain’s “You’re Still the One” is a celebration of his parents’ long marriage.
On Western, Spencer Crandall takes listeners on a unique musical journey that’s sure to endear him to his ever-growing fanbase while also winning over tons of new listeners.
Spencer Crandall – Western Track List:
“There is A Fire” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Nathan Johnson, Asher Peterson, Jonah Oh
“K[no]w Better” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Lydia Dall, Royale Lynn, Jeff Cherry
“Get Away From Me” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Michael August, Carlo Colasacco
“The Ballad of the Mustang” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Lydia Dall
“Didn’t Do” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Haley Mae Campbell, Lydia Dall
“7 and 70” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Aubrey Toone, Charlie Brennan
“What Do We Do Now?” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Scott Porter, Joe Tounge
“Friends” // Spencer Crandall, Joe Tounge, Nate Dodge
“Girls Like You” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Joe Tounge, Lauren McLamb
“No New Memories” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Gus Ross, Luke Eisner
“Future in the Past” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Joe Tounge, Lauren McLamb
“To Be Continued…” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Joe Tounge, Nate Dodge
“Red Flags” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Gus Ross, Luke Eisner
“Made” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Andrew Beason, Ian McConnell, Jeff Cherry
“You’re Still The One” // Written by Shania Twain, Robert John Lange
“Side of the Stage” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Lydia Dall, Lauren McLamb
“Enough” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Austin Brown, Jeffrey East, Steven Martinez
“Getting There” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Tofer Brown, Lauren Huntgate
“Anyone” // Written by Justin Bieber, Jonathan Bellion, Andrew Wotman, Alexander Izquierdo, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Michael Pollack, Raul Cubina
“Our Forever” // Written by Spencer Crandall, Kelly Archer, Rhett Akins
Country Swag Picks:
What Do We Do Now?
7 and 70
Side of the Stage
Spencer Crandall’s new album, ‘Western’ is out now.
Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Spencer Crandall releases.
Western is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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Bailey Zimmerman’s new EP, Leave the Light On, is out now, October 14th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below and check out our full review.
Whether you are going through a breakup or questioning if your significant other is the person you should be with, Bailey Zimmerman’s debut EP Leave the Light On is for you.
The eight track EP starts out with an intro from Zimmerman letting us know that these songs are real stories that he’s lived through. It truly takes us on an emotional journey of the beginning of the end of a relationship.
The first track is one of the more vulnerable tracks “Never Leave”. Relationships are not easy. Even the happiest couples argue and go through super tough moments. Written by Zimmerman, Austin Shawn, Chris Sligh, Gavin Lucas, and Mary Kutter,“Never Leave” is a beautiful ballad that tells that story. It reminds us that we’re all human and make mistakes but it is possible to change. Zimmerman’s powerful vocals show heart, honesty, and pain. He reminds us all that you shouldn’t give up on the person you love.
Continuing with the theme of not wanting to believe that the relationship is over and trying to fight to stay together, “Waiting” and “House on Fire” are next. Zimmerman’s vulnerability shines through.
When relationships are on the cusp of ending, there’s normally one last ditch effort to try before the end and “From the Fall” and “Trainwreck” are just that. Zimmerman continues to show he isn’t afraid of letting listeners in on what he went through.
Next comes the singer-songwriter’s debut single, “Fall in Love”. Written by Zimmerman, Austin Shawn, and Gavin Lucas, this track shows Zimmerman is not afraid to leave everything on the table. You can hear the anger in his voice singing about how his ex has moved on to a new relationship and doing things that he and her had talked about doing. Climbing its way into the Top 15 at country radio, “Fall in Love” has nearly 250 million streams worldwide and is the 11th most-streamed country song of the year.
Written by Zimmerman, Heath Warren, Jacob Hackworth, and Jet Harvey, “Rock and a Hard Place” details what’s it like to be so in love with someone but deep down inside you know it isn’t working. You have to make that tough decision of staying and risk continuing to be unhappy or finally pulling the plug and being on your way to getting a fresh start. This track showcases Zimmerman’s strong vocals. He pours his emotions into the track which is what makes his voice so unique.
“Where It Ends” closes out the EP. Written by Zimmerman, Joe London, Grant Averill, and Joe Spargur, the track makes you feel like you are in a western film with compelling instrumentals. It shares the story of the breakup. Zimmerman had wanted to give that relationship a second chance but ended up getting stabbed in the back. It’s painful but in the end it teaches you a valuable lesson of that’s not what true love should be. There is someone who deserves you out there.
Leave the Light On truly shows how talented Zimmerman is not only as a singer but as a storyteller as well. He developed this talent by listening to his Grandpa Zimmerman and his oldest friends at their family car dealership. Now, not only is Zimmerman sharing his own stories with the world but he’s hoping they make an impact on those going through a breakup.
It’s almost been two years since Bailey Zimmerman’s career took off after he started sharing his music on TikTok in January and there are no signs of slowing down. He is currently on a sold-out tour and continues to climb the charts. He certainly has a bright future ahead with his honesty and unique sound. We can’t wait to see what’s next.
Bailey Zimmerman – Leave the Light On EP Tracklist:
“House on Fire”
“From the Fall”
“Fall in Love”
“Rock and a Hard Place”
“Where It Ends”
Bailey Zimmerman new EP, ‘Leave the Light On’ is out now.
Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Bailey Zimmerman releases.
Leave the Night On EP is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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Pillbox Patti’s debut album, Florida is out now, October 14th on all streaming platforms. Take a listen and read our full review below.
With a smoky and seductive voice that holds the impending story of a life well-lived, Monument recording artist, Pillbox Patti is ready to make her name known.
Patti is the stage persona of acclaimed Nashville songwriter Nicolette Hayford, who has written songs for Ashley McBryde, Lainey Wilson, William Michael Morgan, and more. In fact, she’s the woman behind McBryde’s breakout track “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “One Night Standards,” a musical style and prowess that weaves its way through her debut album, Florida, out now.
“Florida is a collection of my truths,” says Pillbox Patti in a statement. “It’s who I am and where I come from. It helped me heal. it helped me celebrate how far I’ve come, and I hope it brings some light to anybody out there in the dark corners of a small town or anybody anywhere that needs to hear ‘I’ve been there too.’”
Throughout Florida, Patti takes listeners on an eight-track journey through her world, but in a way, that’s endlessly relatable. Her voice is that of a seasoned storyteller, while her lyrics are the perfect mix of clever and catchy, full of intrigue, innuendo, and an immersive listening experience.
From the opening notes of “Good People,” listeners will feel like they’re being drawn into a mysterious and smoky room as Patti introduces them to a cast of good people with bad habits. At the core they may be good, but here in Patti’s world, there’s no judgment as she accepts everyone along with their vices. “Even Jesus had his reasons for turning water into wine,” She drawls. “So smoke it, pop it, drink it, drop it, honey we don’t mind.”
Likewise, “Suwannee” and “Young and Stupid” are both odes to growing up in simpler times. The former is a gritty, swampy introduction to her hometown along Florida’s Suwannee River, while the latter is a nostalgic ode to easier days, as Patti muses “I guess you don’t know what you got // Til ya been gone a while // And I been gone a while.”
“Eat, Pray, Drugs” puts a clever country spin on the old adage of eat, pray, love, as she continues to tell the tale of growing up in a small town. “I’m from a small town in Florida where there’s not a whole lot goin’ on,” says Pillbox Patti. “Mostly casseroles, and Jesus, and getting’ high.…in other words, eat pray drugs. If I would’ve had the extra money to spend on decorative signs or kitchen towels when I lived in the little town I’m from, they would’ve all said eat pray drugs.”
“Only three things to do around here // Ain’t a honey hole or a movie theater // Country is as country does // Eat, pray, drugs // Hose clamp and a 80 mg // Baptist church and a Dairy Queen // We just doin’ what we love // Eat, pray, drugs.”
“Hooking Up” finds her channeling her inner Gwen Stefani on the infectiously catchy, hands-in-the-air anthem, while “Candy Cigarettes” has her realizing the way she grew up may have affected her life today.
Vulnerability is on full display on Florida, most noticeably on the album’s final song, “25 MPH Town,” a sparse, piano-driven ballad that tells of her unstable upbringing. Likewise, “Valentine’s Day” is a heart-wrenching tale of Patti’s own February fourteenth experience with abortion at the age of fifteen. “I needed to write that song and it took, obviously, a very long time for me to get there, but that is the truth I needed to tell because it allowed me to love myself,” Patti reveals to Yahoo Entertainment. “A lot of these songs did. That one was a really big one where I’m really glad I shared that and I’m really glad I have all these people here with me and I can feel the love.”
With honesty and vulnerability rarely found in country music, Pillbox Patti’s Florida is one of the genre’s most daring releases of late. With an uncanny mix of vulnerability, honesty, and levity, the singer-songwriter manages to tell of a rocky upbringing without ever making listeners feel bad for her. Instead, we root for her, both for these eight tracks and for whatever is yet to come.
Pillbox Patti – Florida Track List:
Young and Stupid
Eat Pray Drugs
25 MPH Town
Country Swag Picks:
Eat, Pray, Drugs
25 MPH Town
Pillbox Patti’s debut album, ‘Florida’ is out now.
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Callista Clark’s debut album, Real To Me: The Way I Feel is out now, October 14th on all streaming platforms. Take a listen and read our full review below.
Callista Clark may only be nineteen years old, but she’s wise beyond her years. With an evocative and soulful voice, the Big Machine Recording artist is both a talented singer and a gifted songwriter. Produced by Nathan Chapman, Clark’s debut album, Real to Me: The Way I Feel, features ten songs co-written by the talented teen alongside some of Nashville’s biggest names. Songwriters featured here include Chris DeStefano, Liz Rose, Sarah Buxton, Jimmy Robbins, and many more.
On her debut album, Real to Me: The Way I Feel, the follow-up to 2021’s Real To Me EP, Clark does what very few female artists can. She bends genres, telling tales of heartbreak and growing up in a way that’s endlessly powerful yet relatable.
On the ten-track collection, heartbreak is a prevalent theme, showing that despite her young age, Clark has experienced many of life’s most poignant moments. The Georgia native weaves her way through love lost on songs like “Gave It Back Broken,” “Don’t Need It Anymore,” and “Heartbreak Song,” while she’s feeling more empowered on tracks like “It’s Cause I Am,” “Brave Girl,” and “Sad.”
The album opens with “It’s Cause I Am,” a jazzy and soulful track that finds her channeling her inner Joss Stone as she asserts her own positive attributes over a guy who can’t deal with a complex and strong-willed woman. On this empowering anthem for every woman, she knows who she is and what she’s worth and if the guy can’t handle it, that’s his loss.
“I can’t help that I’m one of a kind // I’m more than meets the eye // If I ain’t what you like // Well, that’s alright // You want a one-dimensional woman // It’s okay, I understand If I seem too complicated for ya, mm // It’s ’cause I am // Don’t beat yourself up about it baby // It’s ’cause I am // Don’t beat yourself up about it baby.”
Likewise, “Change My Mind” is a twangy declaration of what a man has got to do in a relationship with her, while “Brave Girl” is a piano-driven letter of encouragement to her younger self, punctuated by ethereal background vocals.
Much of the album finds Clark dealing with heartbreak, including on the stunning “Gave It Back Broken” and “Don’t Need It Anymore.” On both tracks, she is struggling with the loss of a relationship, and she’s not quite sure her heart will ever be the same. “I gave you my heart with no missing pieces ‘cause you promised me you would hold it, So don’t you feel bad that you gave it back broken?” She asks on the first track, while the second finds her wondering if her heart still works the way it should. “This heart’s useless, worthless ’cause it // Just doesn’t work like it did before // You stole the meaning it’s not beating // You can keep it I don’t need it anymore.”
Meanwhile, “Wish You Wouldn’t” has her leaning into her soulful side on the R&B-tinged track, while “Heartbreak Song” sounds like an old Chicks classic. “Worst Guy Ever” has her channeling her inner “If I Was a Boy,” as she muses that she’d be a terrible dude, while “Sad” finds her anything but.
‘Sad’ is one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written,” reveals Clark in a statement. “It’s super lighthearted and perfect for summer. I wanted the lyrics of this song to be fun and sarcastic – the exact opposite of how I was feeling while going through a heartbreak. Manifesting not being sad.”
Finally, the album concludes with the moving “Real To Me,” a track that finds Clark validating her feelings and experiences, as she proclaims, “The way that I feel is real to me.”
“They say go be free but I’m too caged to fly // They say spread your wings but the wings don’t fit right // They say that it ain’t as bad as it seems // But the way that I feel is real to me, oh // Blue still feels blue // When you’re green on the vine // Real tears in your eyes // And rain, it’s still rain // Even if you haven’t felt it a thousand times.”
While Callista Clark may be young in years, she’s certainly wise in experience, as evidenced by her debut album. Like the Taylor Swifts, Miranda Lamberts, and Kelsea Ballerini’s before her, this album is sure to enrapture female fans of all ages.
Callista Clark – Real To Me: The Way I Feel Track List:
“It’s ‘Cause I Am” | Callista Clark, Cameron Jaymes, Laura Veltz
“Gave It Back Broken” | Callista Clark, Emily Shackelton
“Change My Mind” | Callista Clark, Dan Isbell, Jonathan Singleton
“Worst Guy Ever” | Callista Clark, Jordan Reynolds, Emily Weisband
“Brave Girl” | Callista Clark, Ben Johnson, Emily Landis
“Wish You Wouldn’t” | Callista Clark, Emily Falvey, Lalo Guzman
Real To Me: The Way I Feel is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music 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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