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Dalton Dover: ‘Take Me Home: Covers’ – EP Review

Dalton Dover releases his new EP, Take Me Home: Covers, out now, February 9th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

Country music rising artist, Dalton Dover continues to carve a path that is all his own. His debut single, “Giving Up On That” won the hearts of the country music fanbase everywhere. Now, Dover is sharing the songs that won his heart back when country music was just a pipe dream. His new project, Take Me Home: Covers showcases the power of music and pays homage to the greats that paved the way for the new artist in the genre.

“I grew up in a musical family, where we’d sing at church and then go home and keep singing,” shares Dover. Adding, “My grandpa would put on his favorite records, and I’d listen to the stories. Seeing my own life in those lyrics is what made me fall in love with country music, and I can’t think of a better way to honor that than sharing these songs,” says the singer in a recent press release.

On Take Me Home: Covers, Dover gives his rendition of iconic country songs, “Go Rest High On That Mountain” (Vince Gill), “Mountain Music” (Alabama), and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” (John Denver). Each of the three covers showcase the singer’s incredible talent, but more importantly, reintroduces newer country fans to the songs that are embedded in the DNA of country music.

Take Me Home: Covers EP Tracklist:

  1. Go Rest High On That Mountain (Vince Gill)
  2. Mountain Music (Alabama)
  3. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)
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Dalton Dover shares his new project, ‘Take Me Home: Covers,’ 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 Dalton Dover releases.

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Take Me Home: Covers 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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Brenna Bone Shares Brand New Song “Better”

Brenna Bone’s new song, “Better,” is out now, February 9th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

A few years ago, we introduced you to singer-songwriter, Brenna Bone. Since then, Bone has been busy honing her artistry and creating music that speaks to her fanbase. The songstress has a knack for creating music that is both honest and catchy. Today, Bone adds to her growing catalog of music with a brand new song called “Better.”

“Better” fits the vibe of its predecessors. The new song is both honest and catchy, two things we have come to expect from Bone’s music. On “Better,” the singer leans into the rock-country side of her artistry. The song portrays the demise of a relationship due to what seems to be cheating. While the song expresses anger, Bone manages to make the song both relatable and fun to listen to at the same time.

“I hope she was worth it // And I hope that her kiss // Was good enough to give up on the one good thing you had // You shoulda never brought her that strong drink // Shoulda never danced to a slow song // You coulda been tearin’ up some midnight sheets // Tangled up with me // ’Til the sun turned on // Thought you’d find a love better than mine”

2024 has the potential to be a big year for Bone, as she continues to grow her fanbase and expand her music catalog. “Better” is a solid song worth listening to again and again!

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Brenna Bone shares new song, “Better,” out now on all streaming platforms.3

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

To keep up with Brenna Bone, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Better” 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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Here Is The Castellows’ Debut EP ‘A Little Goes A Long Way’

The Castellows release their new EP, A Little Goes A Long Way, out now, February 9th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

Warner Music Nashville signees, The Castellows are officially embarking on their musical journey. The country music sister trio are ready to make their debut with their new music. Their debut EP, A Little Goes A Long Way is officially out now, featuring seven new songs for fans to listen to.

“We are extremely excited to release our first project for the world to hear on Feb. 9!! This collection of seven songs mean so much to us and we hope everyone loves them as much as we do,” shared The Castellows in a recent press release.

A Little Goes A Long Way features songs like the title track, “The Part Where You Break My Heart” and “Cowboy Kind Of Love,” with all but one track co-written by the sisters. Listen and learn more about the record below!

A Little Goes A Long Way EP Tracklist:

  1. A Little Goes A Long Way (written by Eleanor Balkcom, Lily Balkcom, Powell Balkcom, Natalie Hemby)
  2. Heartline Hill (written by Eleanor Balkcom)
  3. The Part Where You Break My Heart (written by Eleanor Balkcom, Lily Balkcom, Powell Balkcom, Rhett Akins, Lydia Vaughan)
  4. No. 7 Road (written by Eleanor Balkcom, Lily Balkcom, Powell Balkcom, Hillary Lindsey)
  5. Cowboy Kind of Love (written by Eleanor Balkcom, Lily Balkcom, Powell Balkcom, Parker Welling, Chris LaCorte)
  6. Hurricane (written by Keith Stegall, Stewart Harris, Thom Schuyler)
  7. I Know It’ll Never End (written by Eleanor Balkcom, Lily Balkcom)
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The Castellows’ EP ‘A Little Goes A Long Way’ is 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 The Castellows releases.

To keep up with The Castellows, follow him on Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram.

A Little Goes A Long Way 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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Spencer Crandall Releases New Song “Worth The Wait”

Spencer Crandall’s new song “Worth The Wait” is officially out now, February 9th, on all streaming platforms.  Learn more about the track below.

Spencer Crandall consistently creates romantic and awe-worthy country songs. While all of his songs speak to his talent, we especially love Crandall’s love songs. The singer-songwriter has penned songs like “My Person” and “Made,” and now he’s adding another beautiful love song to the mix. Crandall’s new song, “Worth The Wait” is officially out now.

“Worth The Wait” is a song that is wedding-ready. The viral-worthy song already boasts over 20M views, 1.8M likes and over 85K shares on social media with just the teaser. “Worth The Wait” depicts love in a romantic and poetic way, arguably making even a cynic swoon.

“I’ve been to hell and back but if // It means a life with you well then // I’d do it all again // Cause you’re worth the wait // All of my dark, dim, and lonely days // Every goodbye and heartbreak was pointing me home // I was just holding on // Praying you’d be out there // Holding strong // Took me forever to find you // But finally forever’s just two words away // Baby, you’re worth the wait”

Crandall will celebrate the release of the new song with a performance at the iconic Grand Ole Opry today, February 9th. Make sure to add the song to your music library!

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Spencer Crandall’s new song, “Worth The Wait” is 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 and announcements about future Spencer Crandall releases.

To keep up with Spencer Crandall, follow him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

“Worth The Wait” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes 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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HARDY Drops New Rock Single “Rockstar” + Announces New Album

HARDY’s new song, “ROCKSTAR” is out now, February 9th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below and learn more about the upcoming album.

HARDY is a musical trailblazer, bringing a heavy dose of heavy metal to lower Broadway and giving country music some uninvited edge. Penned with Jacob Durrett and Blake Pendergrass, “ROCKSTAR” is a self-reflective track that summarizes the current state of his career. As we all know, halfway through his sophomore album, the mockingbird & THE CROW, HARDY transformed from a copycat songwriter into a modern-day outlaw. While he acknowledges that country music put him on the map, it’s his new persona that’s garnering the fan’s admiration. 

“Everybody’s got a song called Rockstar // Runnin’ up the pop charts // Talking all the shit they do // I’ve been Houdini with my commas // Pissing off my momma // Getting all these new tattoos // And I ain’t saying that I’m Nickelback // Kickin it in Cali with today’s who’s who”

“‘ROCKSTAR’ is my ‘REDNECKER’ for rock ‘n roll. I feel like it’s the first rock song I’ve released that doesn’t take itself seriously and the music video follows suit,” HARDY said in a recent press release. “Some of my favorite music videos from back in the day were the ones that showed humor, so here’s my tip of the hat to that.”

HARDY is really digging his boots (if he kept them on this time) into his so-called “CROW” era and the fans are fully embracing it. He just released his short film, “becoming THE CROW” on YouTube, which explained his motivation to cross genre lines. 

HARDY recently announced his QUIT TOUR, named after a note on a napkin someone stuck in his tip jar while playing a small bar in Nashville during the early stages of his career. This tour marks his first amphitheater headlining tour, and he is bringing Kip Moore, Travis Denning, and others with him. For tickets, head to his website.

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HARDY shares new song, “ROCKSTAR,” 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 HARDY releases.

To keep up with HARDY, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“ROCKSTAR” 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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Who is Charles Esten? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who is Charles Esten? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about his journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

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Charles Esten // Photo credit: Kristen Balanij

QUICK FACTS: 

Full Name – Charles Esten
Birthdate – 9/9
Hometown – Alexandria, Virginia
Current City – Nashville, Tennessee
Musical Influences – (please name 3-5). Waylon Jennings, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles
New album – Love Ain’t Pretty

 

The Beginning:

Today’s spotlight artist is already a household name to many. Charles Esten is an incredible actor, singer, and songwriter. While Esten might be most known for his roles on hit shows, Nashville and Outer Banks, he is also a beloved member of the country music community. We chatted with Esten about his journey to where he is now, his new record, and everything in between.

Esten was born in Pennsylvania, but spent most of his formative years in Northern Virginia. He recalls even at a young age that music was an important part of his upbringing. “I remember my mom said I was sitting in the shopping cart singing Simon & Garfunkel at the top of my lungs,” he shared. Adding, “In those times, I can remember writing little [songs] and Little Rock songs, and my friends and I were huge Beatles fans.”

Throughout his childhood, Esten wrote songs and learned to play both guitar and piano. “In third grade, there was a contest to write a song using a Disney song, to change up the words, and I won that,” he shared. “I remember the feeling of having the whole school sing a song I wrote, and looking back, it was probably pretty life-changing.”

Esten found inspiration in many genres of music from rock to country to soul, and later in college, artists like U2 and Bruce Springsteen caught his attention too. “Country was having its moment, one of its many moments, when I was a kid, and then as I got older, my father got really heavily into Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson and a lot of other country. He and I would go on long roadtrips listen to this CD called ’50 Golden Years of Country Music,’ and it played all these hits from the really early past.”

The Turning Point:

Things started to turn for Esten in his college years. “During my second year of college, I met all the guys that would form my college band. […] That was a huge thing for me because I majored in economics, but what I really majored in was that band. I got to write songs and bring them to that basement and the band would bring them alive. We started touring and we did well enough that I stayed an extra year to continue the band.”

While his college band was a huge turning point for him, the other members all dispersed after college leaving Esten to figure out his next move. “After that year, I’m pretty much certain that if they wanted to stay in the band, we would have gone on, and that would have been my career […] I was on my own without a band, and at that time, Nashville wasn’t really an option or an idea then. I guess New York would have been possible, but I had no connections there at all, but I had a couple of friends that were acting in LA, so I thought I could try that, and maybe meet another band.”

Esten moved to L.A. to pursue acting, and almost immediately landed himself a role playing Buddy Holly on stage in London that combined his love for music with acting. “I did that for almost 2.5 years. And while I was there I got on this show called ‘Whose Line Was It Anyway,’ and part of my job was to improvise songs off the top of my head, so more of that music-making.”

All along, Esten was still writing music and playing guitar, and as he grew older, his music and his songwriting became more and more country. “Eventually, I started writing music with some Nashville songwriters. It was about 6 or 7 years after that happened, in a moment that I was certain I had waited too long and thought maybe I could be a songwriter […] but God had a trick up his sleeve and sent me a script called Nashville. This role and this character not only popped and came alive for so many people, but it reawakened the original dream of mine.”

Today:

Flash forward to today, Esten’s role as Deacon in Nashville allowed him to pursue his dream both as his character and as himself. Today, the singer-songwriter is releasing his own original music. After releasing a song a week for 54 weeks, Esten finally put together a brand-new project called, Love Ain’t Pretty filled with fourteen songs that the singer had a hand in penning.

“‘Deacon played the Bluebird before I did, but when I finally got to play it I’ll never forget sitting in the round with these other folks. Wouldn’t you know it the guy from Los Angeles, is playing the most country music here, so by the time I got here, my country music was sounding a little older country already,” he shared.

Love Ain’t Pretty is an incredible conglomerate of Esten’s musical taste and talent. Each song speaks to his originality and his authenticity as an artist and as a person. “That’s what is cool about this album to me because it encompasses all of it. It can rock, and it has all of the soulful blues that I love so much, but underneath it all is the country stories,” he shared. Adding, “One of the best examples of that is “When Love Ain’t Love,” which is literally three chords, and as much as I can do it, the truth in that song. That song is very sparse and very literal of how love falls apart and how strange and heartbreaking it is, but on top of it is, is this shimmery, beautiful pop thing that feels upbeat and lifting, and I love this contradiction of this sad country song buried in this beautiful dance beat.”

Esten may not be the artist that you see currently climbing the country charts, but he is an artist you should pay attention to. His music spans the country music fanbase, and is truly as good as it gets!

Connect:

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

To keep up with Charles Esten, follow him on Instagram, TwitterTikTok, and Facebook.

Charles Esten’s music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes 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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Chris Janson Lands Number One at Country Radio with “All I Need Is You”

Chris Janson lands the number one song on the country radio this week with “All I Need Is You.” Learn more about the accomplishment below.

While Chris Janson has had an illustrious career, it seems country radio is just catching up. The hitmaker officially has three number one songs at country radio to his name. This week, Janson has the number one song at country radio with the latest single off his album, The Outlaw Side Of Me, “All I Need Is You.”

“All I Need Is You” is a true love story about Janson’s wife. Written by the singer with Ashley Gorley, Brad Clawson and Mitch Oglesby, the song is a perfect representation of Janson’s talent, heart, and artistry.

“When that sun goes down at the end of the day // There’s just one thing I can’t lose // If you’re by my side I’m better than alright // Baby, all I need is you // I wanna take a trip in a Chevrolet // To a beach house down on 30A // Have the Gulf Of Mexico sittin’ right in my backyard // But as long as you’re right here in my arms”

Congrats to Janson and his team on the number one single! We are excited to see what song heads to country radio next.

Join our Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Chris Janson announcements and releases.

To keep up with Chris Janson follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“All I Need Is You” 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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Dylan Marlowe Shares New Single “You Did It Too”

Dylan Marlowe shares a brand new single, “You Did It Too,” out now, February 2nd, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

Dylan Marlowe is one of the most exciting new singer-songwriters in country music right now. However, like many artists, he has faced some criticism with his music from some country outlets after releasing a collaboration called “Boys Back Home” with Dylan Scott. While we thought the song was a true anthem for the country lifestyle, one outlet did not agree. This led to Marlowe writing and releasing a new single called, “You Did It Too,” out today.

I wrote this song after ‘Boys Back Home’ came out in a pretty angry moment,” shared the singer in a recent press release. “Usually I don’t let internet hate get to me but something about the hate behind a song I wrote because of how and what I grew up doing hit me different. ‘You Did It Too’ is my response to that hate, and it’s the most honest song I’ve ever written. Every line is true to my life. I write and sing songs about the way of life I know, and you’d probably get it if you did it too.”

“You can’t talk no smack // Yeah, unless you came up something like that // You’d get it if you did it // If you grew up right there in it // But you didn’t, so what gives you // the right to // Talk all that trash about our side of these tracks // Yeah, my backroad come back is you // Yeah, you’d get it, if you did it too”

“You Did It Too” is a catchy and honest moment in Marlowe’s growing catalog. The song solidifies that he truly believes in everything he writes about, and that the experiences, no matter how cliche they may seem to some are actually real and authentic to his story. The new single is one of our favorites from the singer so far, and it will be fun to see how his catalog continues to grow in 2024.

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Dylan Marlowe shares new single, “You Did It Too,” 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 Dylan Marlowe releases.

To keep up with Dylan Marlowe, follow him on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

“You Did It Too” 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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Blanco Brown Announces New Project + Drops New Single “Sunshine Shine”

Blanco Brown announces new project and drops brand new single, “Sunshine Shine,” out now, February 2nd on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new song here.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Blanco Brown is happiness in human form. Everything Brown touches makes you feel, which is a true mark of a superstar in the making. Today, the artist announces that his next project, Heartache & Lemonade will be released on April 5th. To celebrate the exciting news, Brown is sharing a brand new song to set the tone for the record. “Sunshine Shine” is out now.

“Sunshine Shine” is a true, feel-good anthem. The song features an incredible blend of catchy melodies, good vibes, and a fun sound that will keep fans listening again and again. Brown draws on his resilience and life experience to create his music, and “Sunshine Shine” fits the bill, while also introducing the project that is to come.

“I’ve now traveled the world, looked death in the eyes and somehow made it back alive. Bitter moments never lasted, sweeter moments brought me back to purpose…Heartache and Lemonade” brings about a new chapter. Try turning some of your worst moments into a smile every once in a while,” shared the singer in a recent press release. Stay tuned for the project, and make sure to add “Sunshine Shine” to your music library ASAP!

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Blanco Brown shares new song, “Sunshine Shine,” off forthcoming new project.

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

To keep up with Blanco Brown, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Sunshine Shine” 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.