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Caylee Hammack Drops Brand New Song “The Hill” Out Now

Caylee Hammack’s new song, “The Hill” is out now, June 14th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

In a new era of music for singer-songwriter, Caylee Hammack, she is leaning into her eclectic musical influences. As always, her songs speak to her personal stories, as well as, provides a healing space for her fans. Hammack’s brand new song, “The Hill” fits the bill effortlessly.

“The Hill” marks the next creative chapter for the Capitol Record Nashville’s recording artist. The song speaks to her talent at weaving in unique influences and sharing true pain and emotions through song. On this track, Hammack laments about finally surrendering and waving the white flag, trying to hold on to a relationship that may have run its course. Despite its heartbreaking lyrics, the song feels like a battle cry for anyone who has experienced this type of heartbreak.

“These eggshells we walked on // Cut us like barbed wire // Pride has kept us holding on // We’re both getting tired // Your side or mine // A real fine line we’re painting // A mess we’re making of love // Who really cares who’s right or wrong // If this is the hill we’re dying on”

Hammack is an incredible artist in the country music industry. For years, she has shared her vulnerability through her music, showcasing the healing can often come through a song. We are excited to see what is next for the singer, as she embarks on this new chapter.

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Caylee Hammack shares new song, “The Hill,” out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Caylee Hammack releases.

To keep up with Caylee Hammack follow her on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

“The Hill” 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.

Troy Cartwright Drops New Single “Lincoln Continental”

Troy Cartwright shares new single “Lincoln Continental,” out now, June 14th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new release below.

Troy Cartwright knows exactly who he is an artist in country music. Since deciding to go independent, he has been creating and releasing music that feels distinctly “him.” Each and every release feels almost more authentic than is predecessor. Today, Cartwright adds to his growing music catalog with a song called “Lincoln Continental.”

Cartwright is a true expert at crafting lyrics that read like a story. On “Lincoln Continental” the singer is able to share his grandparents love story in a truly heartwarming and special way. Throughout the song he recounts memories of his Nanny and Papa’s love story, while feeling hopeful that he and his wife can have an epic love story too.

“Sitting on a red brick mantle in an easel back 4 by 6 // Nanny and Papa in a getaway car // Yeah they looked like kids // Summer of 59 // Now they’re 85 // Still in love as they were when they were kissin’ // Underneath confetti and rice // in that Lincoln Continental // Scootin’ just a little bit closer // White dress on leather seats // in that Lincoln Continental / Runs like day one when it’s older // Feels better than new // Something borrowed, powder blue // I hope one day that’s me and you”

“Lincoln Continental” only ups the ante for Cartwright and his talent. His flair truly is a perfect blend of country lyrics with a buttery and easy vocal. We are excited to see what he has coming down the pipeline next!

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Troy Cartwright shares new song, “Lincoln Center,” out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Troy Cartwright releases.

To keep up with Troy Cartwright, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Lincoln Center” 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.

Carly Pearce: ‘hummingbird’ – Album Review

Carly Pearce shares new album, humingbird, out now, June 7th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below.

When we last caught up with Carly Pearce, she was fresh off a high-profile divorce and churning out some of the best songwriting in not only her career, but mainstream modern country music. Three years later, Pearce has continued to weave her web of authentic storytelling, but with a fresh, more healed perspective. Out today, June 7th, is Pearce’s fourth studio album hummingbird.

Pearce successfully pulls from heroes of hers, like Loretta and Tammy with the soaring fiddles, melancholy steel guitars, and twangy dobros in a way that becomes distinctive to only Pearce. This is heard throughout the entirety of hummingbird, especially the first four tracks. Second song “truck on fire” (co-written with Lady A’s Charles Kelley) is the perfect mix of classic enough that it’s a shock it hasn’t been written enough to sound exactly like Pearce. Few people can write a clever breakup song like her. Similarly, “still blue”, the following track, has that familiar neotraditional country sound and the familiarly clever turn of phrase that Pearce has developed.

There’s not a song on the project that feels like a throwaway, but there are some definite standouts with “my place”, “rock paper scissors” and “oklahoma”. The latter is lyrically very strong, but it is the vocal performance on “oklahoma”, which lands perfectly in the middle of the record, that reminds you why she is a two-time Female Vocalist of the Year winner. “my place” takes you everywhere you want to go when listening to a song. It’s melodically poignant in a way that Pearce continues to pull off time and time again.

Pearce herself is one of Nashville’s strongest artist-writers, but also believes in letting the best song win, which more major artists should follow. “things I don’t chase” is an example of that. While she did not write the song, it is woven in well with the rest of the album.

It is not that hummingbird is a revolutionary country album or even chronologically cohesive in the way her previous bodies of work are. What makes this album still a standout in Pearce’s discography is that it truly solidifies her roll as one of music’s strongest storytellers and vocalists. Pearce is distinctive in a way people spend their whole careers trying to figure out. Whether it’s your style or not, it’s hard not to love her music – you will always recognize a Pearce song, even from afar.

Keepin’ The Lights On Track List:

  1. country music made me do it | Written by Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  2. truck on fire | Written by Carly Pearce, Justin Ebach, Charles Kelley
  3. still blue | Written by Carly Pearce, Natalie Hemby, Josh Osborne
  4. heels over head | Written by Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  5. we don’t fight anymore featuring Chris Stapleton | Written by Carly Pearce, Pete Good, Shane McAnally
  6. rock paper scissors | Written by Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds
  7. oklahoma | Written by Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Jordan Reynolds
  8. my place | Written by Carly Pearce, Lauren Hungate, Jordan Reynolds
  9. things I don’t chase | Written by Robyn Dell’Unto, Kat Higgins, Ava Supplesa
  10. woman to woman | Written by Carly Pearce, Tofer Brown, Lauren Hungate
  11. fault line | Written by Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Jordan Reynolds
  12. pretty please | Written by Carly Pearce, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  13. trust issues | Written by Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds
  14. hummingbird | Written by Carly Pearce, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Jordan Reynolds

Country Swag Picks:

  1. country music made me do it
  2. rock paper scissors
  3. woman to woman
  4. hummingbird
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Carly Perace shares brand new album, ‘hummingbird,’ out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Carly Pearce releases.

To keep up with Carly Pearce, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

hummingbird 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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HunterGirl: ‘Tennessee Girl’ – Debut EP Review

HunterGirl shares her debut EP, Tennessee Girl, out now, June 7th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below.

After coming in second on Season 20 of American Idol and making her Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this year, country starlet HunterGirl is ready to make a statement with her debut label EP, Tennessee Girl, out now. Released through 19 Recordings/BBR Music Group/BMG Nashville, the EP features six new tracks written or co-written by the rising star.

For the project, HunterGirl, née Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, enlisted co-writers that included Lindsay Rimes, Joybeth Taylor, David Fanning, Andy Sheridan, and more. The collection is inspired by the likes of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kelly Clarkson, and P!NK, showing the young singer-songwriter’s versatility and range as she effortlessly floats between the rocking uptempo of “Bad Boy” to the vulnerability of her first single, “Ain’t About You.”

Tennessee Girl shows the different sides of my personality. I separate songs into two categories in my head, Blue Jean and Leather Jacket songs. Blue Jean songs are the ones I write in my bedroom opening my diary to the world. Leather Jacket songs are where I want to feel tougher and have fun,” She shares in a statement. “Most people have only seen the Blue Jean side of my personality, but with this 6-song EP, I have the chance to show the full picture of me as an artist.”  

“Bad Decisions” kicks off the album, leaning more leather jacket than blue jean as the singer admits that, like most twenty-somethings, she’s great at making bad decisions. Whether it’s having a few too many or choosing the wrong guy, it’s an utterly relatable anthem for any girl who’s ever been there. “I guess I’m good at making bad decisions,” she muses over roaring guitars and catchy pop beats. “Raise it up if you’re with me, let’s make a memory we might forget.”

Similarly, “Bad Boy” finds her dealing with those bad decisions, this time in the form of men. She’s looking for a tattooed, guitar-slinging bad boy that her daddy won’t approve of. It’s driving pop-rock-country that finds the Tennessee native attracted to guys who are no good and no good for her. With Kelly Clarkson-meets-PINK sensibilities, the track is a roaring gem of a crowd pleaser. 

“Yeah I know my daddy’s gonna really hate this song // Yeah I got it bad for someone bad for me // You can really kiss // I can barely breathe // Only kind of crazy // I could  ever need // And it’ll only be good, only be good to me… I really got it bad for a bad boy”

While HunterGirl can rock and roar with the best of them, the singer-songwriter truly shines on her more vulnerable ballads. Case in point: her single, “Ain’t About You.” Here, she deals with her own insecurities faced in the pursuit of her dreams, contemplating if she should give up. “It was the most honest and vulnerable I’d ever been in a song,” she reveals to Billboard. “I wrote it in my bedroom and never thought anyone would hear it. That song and people’s reception to it changed my songwriting because I realized people needed to hear the not-so-pretty parts of your life, the really hard things I was scared to say. After that it made choosing [songs for] the EP so much easier, because I’m like, ‘I’m just going to be myself and hopefully, it touches somebody else out there.’”

Likewise, “Clockworks” is a clear standout, a special and introspective ballad about the passage of time, and how you can never get it back. Do you hear that? There goes another second that you can’t get back, take it from me, She begins, immediately grabbing a listener’s attention as she sings about her grandfather as he battles with memory loss. “It’s like waking up one day full grown, and all you want is to put time in reverse, but that ain’t how the clock works.”

The EP ends with another clear standout, “Pretty Much,” which finds her grappling with the insecurities that are common among many women of all ages. Here, she ponders “If pretty is as pretty does/then who the hell decided what pretty was? And if perfect’s in, then count me out, ‘Cause I got better things that I can think about, there are days in the mirror when I don’t feel like enough, but I’m getting pretty good at not thinking ‘bout… pretty much.” Much like “Ain’t About You,” “Pretty Much” is an empowering anthem that once again finds her dealing with self-doubt and overcoming.

For HunterGirl, her new EP, Tennessee Girl, truly allows the rising star to showcase all sides of her personality from feisty firecracker to vulnerable chanteuse, and everything in between.

Tennessee Girl EP Track List:

  1. Bad Decisions (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Lindsay Rimes, Joybeth Taylor)
  2. Clockworks (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Lindsay Rimes, Joybeth Taylor)
  3. Weather in Tennessee (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Warren Garrett, Joybeth Taylor, Gabe Foust)
  4. Ain’t About You (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski)
  5. Bad Boy (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, Lindsay Rimes, Greg Bates)
  6. Pretty Much (Tristyn Hunter Wolkonowski, David Fanning, Josh Kear, Andy Sheridan)
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HunterGirl shares her debut EP, ‘Tennessee Girl,’ out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future HunterGirl releases.

Check her website for tour dates, including with Luke Bryan on his Mind of a Country Boy Tour 2024.

To keep up with the singer-songwriter, follow her on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

Tennessee Girl 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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Matt Stell: ‘Born Lonely’ – Debut Album Review

Matt Stell shares debut album, Born Lonely, out now, June 7th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below.

While Matt Stell has already made a name for himself with hits like “Prayed For You” and “Everywhere But On,” the singer-songwriter has yet to put out a full length album. That changes now with the release of his debut, Born Lonely, out now.

Featuring ten new songs co-written by the Arkansas native, Born Lonely is Stell’s step forward as an artist. Released via RECORDS Nashville, the collection features well-known co-writers including Ray Fulcher, Chris DeStefano, Jaron Boyer, Jon Nite, and Jordan Minton.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Born Lonely,” shares Stell in a statement. “When I started writing these songs, I decided to tell the truth – the good, the bad, the fun, the sad, all of it – and see what happened. It turned into the best batch of songs I’ve ever recorded.”

Stell kicks off the album with “Built by Broken Hearts,” an introspective and autobiographical tale of his upbringing in a broken home, detailing the Walmart parking lot handoffs between his parents, splitting him between Arkansas and Florida. He admits that he’s a bit damaged from his raising, making him the broken man he is now. “That’s why it feels like I’m home when I’m hurtin’ // It feels right when I’m falling apart, he sings. “You understand why you’re made for goodbye // When you’re built by broken hearts.”

The album’s title track shares a similar sentiment, one that resonated so strongly with the singer that he tattooed it on his arm. “In a way that I have scar tissue from things that happened when I was a kid, and from the relationships that I have sabotaged, messed up, or have chosen poorly in terms of fit, there’s collateral damage,” he admits “This tattoo is a permanent reminder of where I have been and how I want to change for my future.”

While the song may tell a sad tale up front, it also finds Stell reckoning with his past and looking forward towards a brighter future. It’s truly a special moment for the singer, an anthem for the broken hoping to break that pattern.

“I think that you were born lonely // You wanna fall in love but you don’t know how // Hold back ’cause you think it’s only // Just a matter of time before it all goes south // Heartbreak hurts worse than goodbye // And that’s why you do what you always do // I think that you were born lonely // And I know ’cause I was born lonely too”

“Girl Gets Gone” and “Into the Sunrise” continue that anthemic vibe, soaring guitars accompanying his soaring vocals as he proclaims, “Into the sunrise, Burn through the moonlight, Baby, ’cause all night just won’t be enough.” With its boisterous proclamation and catchy hook, this track is just made for a live stage.

Alternatively, “Girl Gets Gone’ juxtaposes heartbroken lyrics with roaring guitars, drowning his sorrows on a bar stool, admitting “When a girl gets gone, the boy does too.” 

“What We Do Best” is a flirty and soulful ode to a toxic on-and-off again relationship that can’t seem to quit. We’re the worst at pretending we’re nothing but friends,” He croons cheekily over bluesy guitars, inviting a woman to “do what they do best.”

“Take the Girl” is a hip-pop tinted jaunt about the buzz of new love, finding Stell a changed man thanks to the high that only someone special can provide. Meanwhile, “Breakin’ in Boots” finds him realizing that a girl is walking her cowboy boots over his heart. Partially inspired by a real-life run-in, he details a “cowboy killer” who will “burn you like the Bourbon in the bottle she’s shooting.”

“Smooth” provides a truly special moment on the album, Stell admitting, “My life got rough when my hands got smooth” after his family sold their farm. It’s a simple and sparse ballad, twangy guitars and shakers punctuating his confessional delivery. “Now the daily grind it never stops, I got an empty soul and a full inbox.”

“When they cut the trees down and dug up my roots // Now I’m stressed in loafers instead of sweating in boots // The price per acre can’t change the truth // My life got rough when my hands got smooth.”

“Hard Stuff” and “Cold Beer at a Time” are both catchy mid-tempos that use alcohol in different ways. While “Hard Stuff” finds him nursing both the bottle and a broken heart, “Cold Beer” is the album’s closing track that finds him looking towards the future. Here, Stell almost sounds buoyant and optimistic as he looks ahead, having left his emotional baggage on the earlier tunes. A little more sip than shoot, A little more chill than makin’ moves,” he muses airily. I’m getting by and taking life, One cold beer at a time.”

While Matt Stell could’ve continued to achieve success with breakup tunes and simple love songs, he looked inward on Born Lonely, releasing his best music to date.

Born Lonely Track List:

  1. Built by Broken Hearts (Matt Stell, Seth Alley, James McNair)
  2. Breakin’ in Boots (Matt Stell, Nate Cyphert, Joe Fox, Ben Stennis)
  3. Born Lonely (Matt Stell, Jake Mitchell, Benjy Davis)
  4. Girl Gets Gone (Matt Stell, Joe Fox, Jordan Minton, Travis Wood)
  5. Into the Sunrise (Matt Stell, Chris DeStefano, Kyle Sturrock)
  6. Smooth (Matt Stell, Chris DeStefano)
  7. The Hard Stuff (Matt Stell, Ray Fulcher, Jared Mullins)
  8. What We Do Best (Matt Stell, Andrew DeRoberts, Jon Nite, Kyle Sturrock)
  9. Take the Girl (Matt Stell, Chris DeStefano, Joe Fox, Nate Cyphert)
  10. One Cold Beer at a Time (Matt Stell, Jaron Boyer, John Marlin)

Country Swag Picks:

  1. Born Lonely
  2. Girl Gets Gone
  3. Smooth
  4. Into the Sunrise
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Matt Stell shares debut album, ‘Born Lonely,’ out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Matt Stell releases.

Visit his official website for tour dates and more.

To keep up with Matt Stell, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Born Lonely 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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Graham Barham Releases New Song “Whiskey Whiskey” Out Now

Graham Barham shares brand new song, “Whiskey Whiskey,” out now, June 7th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new track below.

Sony Music Nashville recording artist, Graham Barham knows how to craft a catchy song with memorable lyrics. His song “BREAK IT IN A BAR” currently has 16 million streams on Spotify alone, and it seems there is no stopping his rising star. Today, Barham is adding to his catalog with a heartbreaking, yet catchy song called “Whiskey Whiskey.”

According to Graham, “‘Whiskey Whiskey’ is about going through a really bad breakup and only being able to cope with it by forgetting with the help of some whiskey.”  The concept is clearly embodied throughout the song. It is obvious the protagonist is going through some hurt, as whiskey seems to be the only thing that can numb the pain. Barham’s gravely and moody vocals keep the listener wanting to listen to the track again and again.

“Ooh the only thing that can handle this hell // Is that handle on the shelf, so  // Whiskey whiskey, get me drunk / Hit me like some kinda drug // Fix me, fix me for the night // Take my mind and make it numb // Yeah turn my world to black // Like that Number 7 Jack // Cause she don’t miss me, miss me // Tonight I’m counting on you whiskey whiskey”

We are excited to see what comes down the pipeline next for the singer-songwriter. “Whiskey Whiskey” is another step in the direction of greatness!

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Graham Barham shares new song, “Whiskey Whiskey,” out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Graham Barham releases.

To keep up with Graham Barham, follow him on InstagramTwitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

“Whiskey Whiskey” 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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Pryor Baird Shares New Song “Beauty In The Broken” Out Now

Pryor Baird shares brand new song “Beauty In The Broken,” out now, June 7th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new track below.

Every now and then there’s a country song that stops you in your tracks. It does not matter if it is by a mainstream country artist or by a newcomer, either way the song speaks to the masses in a way that feels vulnerable and important. Rising singer-songwriter, Pryor Baird’s new song, “Beauty In The Broken” is that type of song.

Written by the singer with Jared Hampton and Tate Howell, “Beauty In The Broken” is a testament to life’s ups and downs. As the beautiful hook states, “It’s okay if you ain’t alright.” The message is clear and poignant, a reminder that many people often need to hear. To accompany the incredible lyrics, Baird’s vocals are exquisite.

“‘Cause you’re going to drink too much and stay up too late // Need someone when your heart breaks // You’re going to drive too fast and get pulled over // Need someone, cry on shoulders // Gonna make mistakes, fall apart // Lose your way when you’re in the dark // Just don’t lose faith // Keep moving down the road // Yeah, don’t be afraid to leave your heart wide open // There’s beauty in the broken”

“I think it’s relatable to everyone because we’ve all been broken at one point or another in life, but there’s a beauty in the darkness. If you’re broken, or know somebody that is, this song is for you,” shares Baird in a recent press release.

“Beauty In The Broken” is a standout track that’s worth the spin. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

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Pryor Baird shares new song, “Beauty In The Broken,” out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Pryor Baird releases.

To keep up with Pryor Baird, follow him on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or Twitter. 

“Beauty In The Broken” 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.

Megan Moroney Debuts New Song “Man On The Moon”

Megan Moroney’s new song “28th of June,” is out now, March 22nd, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

Roaring in like a rocket headed straight into the stratosphere, Megan Moroney is back with her new song, “Man On The Moon.” The new track, out now, is a sneak peek into her sophomore album, Am I Okay?, out July 12.

Written by Moroney along with Ashley Gorley, Casey Smith, and David “Messy” Mescon, the pop-tinged country-rock twanger is a surefire hit. Moroney is fed up with a noncommittal dude, beginning with “Houston, he’s the problem…”

The kiss-off track is punctuated with a peppy, hand-clapping beat as she ejects an ex quite literally out of her atmosphere, luring him into space with the promise of “a bar up there” and “blondes for days.”

“Yeah but he’s the kind of man I’d like a hundred thousand miles from here // ‘Cause he wants me and he needs space // Someone take this cowboy away // Somewhere far, let him fly // Out of this world and off my mind // C’mon there’s gotta be a rocket somewhere taking off soon // I think it’s time we put another man on the moon”

“Man on the Moon” is just a glimpse of what’s to come from Moroney, whose new album is due out July 12. Check back here then for our full album review.

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Megan Moroney shares new song, “Man On The Moon,” out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Megan Moroney releases.

To keep up with Megan Moroney, follow her on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Man On The Moon” 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.

Tracy Lawrence: ‘Out Here In It’ – EP Review

Tracy Lawrence shares brand new EP, Out Here In It, out now, June 7th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new project here.

For country legend Tracy Lawrence, his new EP has been years in the making. With almost four years since his last studio release, the retrospective Hindsight 2020, this new project reflects the beginning of a new chapter.

Out Here In It, out now, allows the acclaimed singer to put his timeless voice on some new tunes, making his own brand of traditional yet modern country. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in the studio,” shares Lawrence in a statement. “I always have a blast working up new songs so it felt so good to cut new music. My last project, the 30th anniversary album Hindsight 2020, was the closing of a chapter of my life. With this new project, I really wanted to freshen things up a bit. A little bit more contemporary but still very country. I’m very proud of it and hope you all really enjoy it.”

With over 13M albums sold and 18 number 1 hits, it would be easy for Lawrence to ride off into the proverbial sunset and rest on his laurels. Instead, he enlisted some of Nashville’s best songwriters, including ERNEST, Rodney Clawson, Jacob Durrett, Wyatt McCubbin, Devin Dawson, Lee Thomas Miller and more, to create something new.

The EP opens with ““Pretty Dang Good,” which may be the most unique sounding track on the album, combining Lawrence’s familiar voice with varied instrumentation as he celebrates the fact that every day is a good one. Here, he’s ready to seize the day over a driving guitar riff as he celebrates all the dang good things in his life. “It’s a dang good life I’m living, even if it ain’t going like it should, it ain’t always easy, but it’s always pretty dang good.”

Likewise, the collection’s title track sends a similar message, finding the icon rolling with the punches and dealing with whatever life sends his way.

“Good or bad, when the jury’s in // I hope they know I did it // When a rumor is I said it //  You can bet I probably meant it I’ve been drunk and I’ve been sober // Hit the under and the over //  Been caught between the praying and the sinning //  I may be losing, I may be winning // Life’s for the living // So I’m out here in it I won’t run, I won’t hide // No one gets out of here alive”

“A Cowboy Would,” “I Could Use One,” and “Gulf of Mexico” are both 90’s tinted ballads that sit right in Lawrence’s musical wheelhouse. On “Gulf,” he’s a heartbroken balladeer, musing that Gulf of Mexico full of whiskey or a Grand Canyon full of wine wouldn’t be enough to mend his broken heart. Alternately, “A Cowboy Would” has him offering to be the mender, as he saddles up to a broken-hearted lass in a bar, promising that a cowboy could treat her right.

“Honky Tonk Up” concludes the EP on a high note, leaving listeners wanting more. It’s a catchy uptempo invitation to hit the honkytonk and throw down for a good time. “It’s high time to get a good time off the ground, honky tonk up when the sun goes down?”

While Tracy Lawrence may be a country icon known for hits like “Paint Me a Birmingham” and “Time Marches On,” his new EP proves he’s still as good as they come.

Out Here In It EP Track List:

  1. Pretty Dang Good (Wyatt McCubbin, Bobby Pinson, Carson Chamberlain)
  2. I Could Use One (Brent Rupard, Brad Hutsell, Kyle James, Anthony Olympia)
  3. A Cowboy Would (Jacob Durrett, Ernest Keith Smith, Devin Dawson, Rodney Clawson)
  4. Gulf of Mexico (Monty Criswell, Derek George, Bubba Strait)
  5. Out Here In It (Trey Lewis, Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Utley)
  6. Honky Tonk Up (Monty Criswell, Derek George, Thomas Archer)
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Tracy Lawrence shares new EP, ‘Out Here In It,” out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Tracy Lawrence releases.

To keep up with Tracy Lawrence, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Kameron Marlowe: ‘Keepin’ The Lights On’ – Album Review

Kameron Marlowe shares album, Keepin’ The Lights On, out now, May 31st, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below.

With a powerfully deep baritone that immediately grabs a listener’s attention, Kameron Marlowe is ready to make a statement. His sophomore album, Keepin’ The Lights On, is the followup to 2022’s We Were Cowboys, and it’s truly a jump forward in musicianship, lyrics, and subject matter.

Produced by Dann Huff, the collection features 16 new songs, 7 of which were co-penned by Marlowe. “When I was thinking about this project, I really wanted to say something beyond break-up songs and love songs,” shares the North Carolina native. “I wanted to throw life songs in there as well. These are all real things that I’ve gone through, and there’s a lot of pain, there’s a lot of love. It really tells the story of these past two years.”

One such moment comes in the form of the poignant, “I Can Run,” which finds the singer-songwriter trying to outrun his vices. Here, he’s at his lowest, admitting that “I can’t outrun myself,” as he returns to his sense of self.  “I had some low spots, and I had to find myself again,” Marlowe says. “And it felt like I lived every word to that song,”

Equally poignant is “On My Way Out,” which finds the Columbia Nashville artist grappling with his own mortality and what life will be like at its end. Here, he stretches himself vocally, his passionate voice soaring above the music in what may be his best performance on the album.

“And I hope the road to heaven is backed up to my hometown // And I get to hug the ones I love on my last lap around // I wanna redo all the regrets and relive all the times // I took for granted in this good Lord-handed life of mine // Yeah, only God knows when // Yeah, but there ain’t no doubt // That’s how I wanna make my way in…On my way out”

“Never Really Know” was a turning point for the artist when making the album. “That song fired me up so much, because it was so personal and so special, and something that I hadn’t written before,” he says of the song that reminds us not to think we know what’s going on in other’s lives. “That really started shaping this album to be what it was. It’s almost a folky kind of production, which really made the lyrics shine and made you want to keep listening to the story — that was a challenging thing to do, but probably the most rewarding once we finally got it right.” 

There are fun moments here, including the roaring album opener “911,” which is a 90’s-tinted stomper, perfect for a honky tonk. Likewise, “Lock Me Up” is a swampy and gritty ode to his hometown, that he cleverly compares to a prison. “Don’t ever set me free, lock me up in a small town,He growls. “Yeah, throw away the key.”

Marlowe examines new love on songs like the romantic “Leaning On You,” the ethereal “Quit You,”  and the Marc Broussard-esque “Nothin’ Slowin’ Us Down.” While the latter is a bluesy and sexy midtempo, “Will It Be There in the Morning” is a stunningly sweet and sparse ballad.  The song starts with his emotive voice over a lone acoustic guitar before building into a musical love letter, punctuated with gorgeous female background vocals. “Will it be there in the morning or will we just get this one night?” He asks, voice laced with hope. “Either way I’m gonna love you, like it’s my first and my last time”

Of “Quit You,” Marlowe reveals that it was somewhat of a bridge between a current and previous relationship. “I wanted to start ‘Quit You’ by rehashing that, because ‘Quit You’ is the ending chapter of that book for me. I finally found the love that I was looking for. People get hopeless about relationships and stuff like that, and I was that way, too — I thought I was hopeless, but then my fiancée came along, so I wanted to make sure that I included that piece by using those same lines.”

That heartbreak is evident on songs like “One That I Don’t Call,” “High Hopes,” “Smaller,” and “Strangers.” On “One That I Don’t Call,” he’s desperate to wipe someone’s number from his mind, singing “I know I should forget it, ‘Cause we don’t talk at all,  I know that number pretty well for one that I don’t call.” Likewise, “High Hopes” is a moving ballad that has him optimistic but realistic about moving on after a breakup. “I’ve got high hopes but low expectations, my glass is half empty and that old county station is playing our songs and it’s hurting just right,” He croons. “I’ve got low expectations but my hopes are high.”

“Strangers” with Ella Langley is a surefire hit, exemplifying the classic country duet as the pair trades verses over their shared heartbreak and the fact that they’re bad for each other.

“We can’t be friends, we can’t be lovers // We can’t be weekend drinking, leaning on each another // We can’t be falling off the wagon // Talking ’bout what happened // Where does that leave you and me? // There’s too much love // There’s too much anger // We can’t be friends and we can’t be strangers // We can’t be strangers”

While many artists save filler tracks for the latter half of the album, there’s none of that here as Marlowe shines on “Broke Down in a Truck” and the LP’s title track, “Keepin’ The Lights On.” While the former is your atypical truck song, written like a love letter to his trusty vehicle for all it’s seen him through, the latter is a sparse ballad about all of the sacrifices his family made while he was growing up and those he makes to pursue his dream.

“My family was never rich, we’ve always just made it by,” he shares of his inspiration for the tune. “And for the first time ever, I saw my dad kind of be humbled when he lost his job of almost 20 years working in a magnet factory. He came to me and was like, ‘Man, I really don’t know how I’m gonna keep the lights on.’”

While Kameron Marlowe may have been through a lot to find his way to his sophomore album, the offering is a solid mix of introspection, love, heartbreak, and hope  that is sure to be keeping the lights on brightly for years to come.

Keepin’ The Lights On Track List:

  1. 911 (Wyatt McCubbin/John Pierce/Micah Wilshire)
  2. Nothin’ Slowin’ Us Down (Kameron Marlowe/Mitchell Tenpenny/Rob Williford/Dallas Wilson)
  3. On My Way Out (Michael Hardy/Ben Johnson/Hunter Phelps/Taylor Phillips/Bobby Pinson)
  4. Never Really Know (Kameron Marlowe/James McNair)
  5. Tennessee Don’t Mind (Charles Kelley/Daniel Tashian)
  6. Leaning On You (Kameron Marlowe/Erik Dylan/Wyatt McCubbin/Taylor Phillips)
  7. I Can Run (Tucker Beathard/Oscar Charles Gnaedig/Ben Roberts)
  8. High Hopes (Josh Osborne/Trevor Rosen/Brad Tursi)
  9. One That I Don’t Call (Wyatt McCubbin/James McNair/John Pierce)
  10. Lock Me Up (Ben Johnson/Jordan Minton/Hunter Phelps/Taylor Phillips)
  11. Will It Be There in the Morning (Kameron Marlowe/Mitchell Tenpenny/Dallas Wilson)
  12. Quit You (Kameron Marlowe/James McNair/John Pierce)
  13. Smaller (Erik Dylan/Wyatt McCubbin)
  14. Strangers (with Ella Langley) (Kameron Marlowe/Ella Langley/Will Bundy/Chase McGill)
  15. Broke Down in a Truck (Taylor Baynum/Nathan Justis/Dave Michael/Colby Williford)
  16. Keepin’ The Lights On (Kameron Marlowe/Kendell Marvel/Phil O’Donnell)

Country Swag Picks:

  1. On My Way Out
  2. Will It Be There in the Morning
  3. 911
  4. Never Really Know
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Kameron Marlowe shares new album, ‘Keepin’ The Lights On,’ out now on all streaming platforms.

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Keepin’ The Lights On 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.