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Tucker Wetmore Drops His Debut Single “Wine Into Whiskey”

Tucker Wetmore shares his debut single, “Wine Into Whiskey,” out now, February 23rd on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new song below.

There are few things we like more than championing a new artist. Today, we get to do just that. On the verge artist, who has already amassed an impressive following on social media, Tucker Wetmore is sharing his debut single and it is one to pay attention to. His song, “Wine Into Whiskey” is officially here.

Fans of artists like Morgan Wallen and Jordan Davis are going to fall in love with Wetmore’s debut track. “Wine Into Whiskey” is an honest look at love, heartbreak, and the aftermath of all of it. He manages to pay special attention to the experience a girl goes through from a guy’s perspective during a break-up, adding even more interest to the already impressive song. The tune feels familiar and comforting from the first lyric; despite, the melancholy story. Wetmore impresses with his vocals and his storytelling throughout the intriguing single.

“I took a good thing and I turned it into goodbye // Took the fire in her eyes put it on ice // Turned that angels world upside down // Dipped her wings in Tennessee brown // I turned her callin’ me into callin’ me a mistake // Turned heart of gold into a heart break // If I was her I’d damn sure hate me // I turned her love into pain and her wine into whiskey”

Although “Wine Into Whiskey” is only one song from the artist, we are already very excited to see what’s to come! The singer will be on the road with Kameron Marlowe this year, and it is only a matter of time until everyone pays attention to his talent!

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Tucker Wetmore shares debut single, “Wine Into 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 Tucker Wetmore releases.

To keep up with Tucker Wetmore, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

“Wine Into 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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Miranda Lambert Joins Forces with Enrique Iglesias on New Song

Miranda Lambert shares new song with Enrique Iglesias, “Space In My Heart,” out now, February 23rd, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new track below.

It is always exciting when country artists get to crossover and collaborate with an artist from a different genre. We have seen the success of cross-genre hits time and time again; however, this one may be the most surprising to date (in the best way). Country superstar Miranda Lambert is joining forces with Latin pop-star, Enrique Iglesias on a new song for his upcoming album. Their collaboration is a song called “Space In My Heart.”

The beautiful new track is an exquisite love song. The tune shows off the best parts of both artists’ voices, as well as, their ability to convey emotions through song. “Space In My Heart” depicts how it feels to feel like you have found your person. Lambert and Iglesias take turns singing lyrics; however, in the chorus the two artists get to meld their sounds. Somehow, their voices seem to blend and balance each other’s beautifully.

“You don’t love me yet, but I know you will // If you only felt half of what I feel // If you ever go, I will never change // There’s a space in my heart and it’s just your shape”

“Space In My Heart” is one of the most intriguing cross-genre songs in recent years. Both Lambert and Iglesias gave their heart to this song!

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Miranda Lambert and Enrique Iglesias join forces on new song, “Space In My Heart.”

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

To keep up with Miranda Lambert, follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

“Space In My Heart” 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.

Kameron Marlowe Shares New Song “Quit You” Out Now

Kameron Marlowe shares brand new song “Quit You,” out now, February 23rd, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new track below.

Kameron Marlowe is one of the most exciting rising artists in country music right now. He recently debuted his killer collaboration with Ella Langley called “Strangers.” Today, Marlowe is surprising fans with another brand new song called “Quit You.”

Penned by Marlowe with James McNair and John Pierce, “Quit You” is a beautiful ballad dedicated to Marlowe’s fiancé. Much like the singer’s hit song, “Giving You Up,” the song touches on all the beautiful and honest qualities of Marlowe’s music. On “Quit You,” the listener gets to hear how the singer gave up his vices in favor of fully embracing the lifestyle that allowed him to find the love of his life.

“Yeah, I’m addicted to every side of you // There ain’t no going back // Baby, who could quit you // Baby, who in their right mind could put you down // ‘Cause I ain’t ever had your kinda high // Who could ever go and tell you goodbye // Baby, who could quit you // ‘Cause I can’t put you down // Put you down”

“Quit You” is an incredibly impressive song. It showcases solid songwriting and heart, which is very important in a good country song. Marlowe continues to show his star power with each and every release. “Quit You” is no different.

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Kameron Marlowe shares new song, “Quit You,” 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 Kameron Marlowe releases.

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

“Quit 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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Who is Becca Bowen? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

Who is Becca Bowen? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about her journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

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Becca Bowen // Photo credit: Kelsey Cotton

Quick Facts:

Full Name – Rebecca Bowen
Birthdate – June 23rd
Hometown – West Columbia, South Carolina
Current City – Nashville, Tennessee
Musical Influences – Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Shania Twain
Current Record – County Line EP

The Beginning:

Today’s spotlight shines on singer-songwriter, Becca Bowen. Bowen chatted with us about her journey to country music, her upbringing, and the incredible music that she is currently releasing and sharing with her growing fanbase.

“I actually grew up in West Columbia, South Carolina, and I started singing at the age of five years old in my church. I have a lot of memories of just singing in the church,” began the singer-songwriter. Bowen recalls traveling with her gospel group throughout childhood, honing her talent as a vocalist as she performed with her peers.

At the same time, her family was introducing her to country music. She recalls loving artists like George Strait, Shania Twain, and Garth Brooks, among many others. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time. I started singing country because of my grandfather. He used to sit in the kitchen and play the guitar for me, and we’d listen to Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn, all those wonderful artists. It really influenced me,” she shared. Adding, “My mom’s entire side of her family played country music. It was just so cool to watch them at family reunions and it really influenced me in to knowing that was the path that I wanted to take, going into country music.”

Like many fans and artists in country music, Bowen fell in love with the storytelling aspect of the genre. “I love it for the storytelling, and of course, I’m a songwriter, and when you think of country music you think about storytelling and songwriting.”

The Turning Point:

While there were many turning points in Bowen’s life, there was one moment where she knew that she was meant to pursue country music as her career. “It really didn’t dawn on me that this was what I was going to be doing the rest of my life until I had the opportunity to open for a country act named Alabama.” Teenaged Becca was enamored with performing and loved being on stage. “Once I got on that stage and opened up for that country group, I was like ‘this is it, this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.’”

Bowen’s life continued to unfold as it should with music being one of the most important components. The singer even moved to New York City to pursue theatre. During this stage in her life, songwriting became a focal point. “I started writing when I was very young. Actually, strangely, I was living in New York at that time, I had went from singing gospel to loving theatre. […] I did some off-Broadway musicals and theatre, and during the time, I started writing. It just came out of nowhere. I think it was because I was around so many creative people, and I haven’t stopped writing since.”

Another breakthrough moment occurred for Bowen during the pandemic, where she decided that she was done with any ‘Plan Bs.’ “During COVID, I think everybody had a chance to reevaluate their lives and what they wanted to be doing. During COVID, that’s when I said, I’m going to put everything I have into this, I’m not going to have a plan B. I’m going to absolutely pursue this, and I think I started writing a lot more, I started pouring my heart out, and being vulnerable with my music, more than I ever had before, and I think it’s very hard to be vulnerable, it’s very hard to let people know what you are going through, and during that time, it really did change my outlook on life.”

Today:

Flash forward to today, Bowen is releasing the most honest and authentic music to date. Her EP, County Line features four songs that speak to the singer’s artistry and songwriting. The collection of the songs is the first time the songstress released a body of work that came from personal experience and showed off her songwriting.

“I had happened to write a song with Sam Wood called “Son of a Gun.” It was about this guy who had cheated on me and we started playing that song at different writer’s round. As people began to hear it, they started saying, ‘I’d love if you’d put that up. I want to hear it and listen to it,'” she began. “And from that, it opened up this idea that maybe I should put out a collection of songs that I have written because people relate to them and  I feel like the stuff that I write is geared to my roots in South Carolina and more vulnerable, and people just loved that.”

She went on to write “If I’m Being Honest” next. “We also wrote, “If I’m Being Honest,” which is just the time that I was trying to get over that guy and going out and having fun.” The next two songs unfolded organically to tell the story of healing and triumph despite the challenges and heartbreak along the way.

“I was like I need to put out a collection of songs that tells a story, and that’s what I ended up doing, going from heartbreak to chasing my dreams,” She tells us. Adding, “‘County Line’ is definitely about chasing my dreams, and then after that, by the end of the EP, you realize somewhere in this journey that this girl found herself.”

Bowen created this project both for herself, but more importantly for the fans that relate to it. She is spreading a message of resiliency and going after your dreams. “I just wanted to show people that you can be happy and you don’t need a significant other to do that, you can find happiness in life and in your dreams, so that’s kind of how the EP came to be, because I just wanted to help other people heal.”

Fans can be on the lookout for more new music coming down the pipeline soon.

Connect:

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

To keep up with Becca Bowen, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

Becca Bowen’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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Luke Combs’ “Where The Wild Things Are” Goes Number One

Luke Combs continues his streak of number ones with his next song to top the country charts, “Where The Wild Things Are.” Get all the details here!

Every song that Luke Combs puts out to country radio seems to make its way to the top! The superstar is one of the most recognizable voices in the genre and his talent is as real as they come. The singer scored his eighteen number one at country radio last week in collaboration with Riley Green. Today, he is adding to the streak. “Where The Wild Things Are” officially hit the top of the charts.

“Where The Wild Things Are” is a true-blue storytelling song. Throughout the single, Combs shares the stories of an older brother who moved out west to California with a surprising twist at the end. While the song is not necessarily coming from personal experience, the lyrics and the imagery clearly resonate with both the artist and his fanbase.

“He’d call me up every couple of weeks // From South California // Talk about the desert and the Joshua Tree // And his pretty girl stories // And how he bought an Airstream trailer and a J-45 guitar // Said, “Little brother, you’d love it out here // Out where the wild things are // Oh, it’s hearts on fire and crazy dreams // Oh, the nights ignite like gasoline // And light up those streets that never sleep when the sky goes dark // Out where the wild things are”

Congrats to Combs and his team on another monumental feat! It’s only a matter of time before his next radio single hits the top of the charts.

Fans can catch the number one single and many more on one of Combs’ many tour dates. Check out his full schedule here.

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

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

“Where The Wild Things Are” 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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Redferrin: ‘Old No. 7’ – EP Review

Redferrin releases his debut EP, Old No. 7, out now, February 16th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

One of our favorite things to do here at Country Swag is to highlight and champion artists early on in their careers. Redferrin, an artist we truly believe in is making his major-label debut today with his brand new EP. The Warner Music Nashville signee shares his new project called, Old No. 7. 

“It feels good to finally be releasing a project rather than singles,” shares Redferrin in a recent press release. “I got to be super hands-on and craft the stories the way I wanted them to be told, and it’s very special to me. I’m excited for people to really get a feel for who I am and what kind of music I make.”

Throughout Old No. 7, Redferrin leans into his Tennessee roots, showcasing his talents as both a singer-songwriter and a producer. The record features seven distinct songs that speak to Redferrin’s talent and diverse musical interests. Fans of Morgan Wallen are sure to fall in love with his creativity and knack for storytelling that is evident from the first single on the project, fan-favorite and viral song, “Jack and Diet Coke.”

“You won’t know the difference when you mix it with some whiskey // It’ll still get you buzzed up just right // Don’t believe it, kiss me, boy, still gon’ get ya tipsy // So I did and your lips taste just like // Jack and Diet Coke // Jack and Diet Coke // Now, baby, all I want is Jack and Diet Coke // Jack and Diet Coke”

The record continues with two more songs called, “Lose Her For Nothin'” and “Miss Summer.” The former tells the story of heartbreak in a way that feels like an anthem. Redferrin gives listeners the nostalgia we are all craving on the standout track, “Lose Her For Nothin'”. While on “Miss Summer”, the song reminisces about a summer love. The tune reads as a true and honest depiction of a quick, but impactful romance. After just one listen, fans will be hanging on every word of “Miss Summer.”

Redferrin continues to bring the honesty on the next tracks of the EP. “Just Like Johnny” talks about being stuck in your ways. The singer compares his relationship to Johnny Cash and June Carter. Redferrin remains honest about the vices that may get in the way.

While honesty is a common thread throughout the EP, no song is as genuine as track 5, “Doin’ Life.” According to the singer, the song is one of the most vulnerable songs he has ever released. It capsules his struggles with mental health and the pain he has felt throughout his life. “I’ve battled with depression in the past and have lost friends to suicide, so it was really important to me to tell this story and put this song out into the world. Music kept me going through the hard times and I hope that someone comes across this song right when they need it too.”

“Lucky to even be alive, the way I was doin’ life // Hardly made it through the nights, I was fighting suicide // Every day feeling low, like it’s just the way it goes // When you come from down the road, you get used to getting by // Just trying to survive, the way I was doin’ life // Felt like I was doin’ life, yeah”

On the final two songs of the project, “She’s Like Whiskey,” and “Champagne In The Morning,” Redferrin continues to prove his talent. “She’s Like Whiskey” leans into the hip-hop influence in the singer’s repertoire, while “Champagne In The Morning” captivates you from the first note complemented by the intriguing production.

Redferrin’s first official outting, Old No. 7 is one of the best releases of the year so far. The record has songs that will stay stuck in your head for days, while still addressing real stories and experiences. Redferrin is an artist to look-out for.

Old No. 7 Tracklist:

  1. Jack and Diet Coke (Blake Redferrin, Jake Saghi, Kevin Bard)
  2. Lose Her For Nothin’ (Blake Redferrin, Cooper Bascom, Rose Falcon)
  3. Miss Summer (Blake Redferrin, Chris Loocke, Michael Tyler)
  4. Just Like Johnny (Blake Redferrin, Micah Wilshire)
  5. Doin’ Life (Blake Redferrin, Jarrod Ingram, Blake Hubbard)
  6. She’s Like Whiskey (Blake Redferrin, Jake Saghi)
  7. Champagne In The Morning (Blake Redferrin, Tawgs Selter, Jacob Hackworth)

Country Swag Picks:

  1. “Lose Her For Nothin'”
  2. “Doin’ Life”
  3. “Jack and Diet Coke”
  4. “She Like Whiskey”
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Redferrin releases his debut EP, ‘Old No. 7,’ 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 Redferrin releases.

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

Old No. 7 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.

Chase Matthew: ‘We All Grow Up’ – EP Review

Chase Matthew releases his new EP, We All Grow Up, out now, February 16th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

On his new EP, We All Grow Up, Chase Matthew is poetic and nostalgic about the trappings of life in a small town, love, heartbreak, and everything in between. Featuring six new songs, four of which he co-wrote, the project serves as a solid introduction to the Warner Music Nashville artist.

For the Nashville native with a well-publicized troubled past, the EP reflects overcoming adversity for something greater, which included a March 2023 Opry Debut. This summer, the young star will also hit the road with Jason Aldean, continuing his meteoric rise as he cleverly blends hip hop infused beats with a country twang.

“This project has been a blast to put together. Each one of these songs makes you feel something,” shares Matthew. “‘We All Grow Up’ feels reminiscent. ‘Small Town Shit’ might make you feel like a hometown badass. ‘Darlin” is one of my favorites because I’ve been in that situation before. I’ve had a great time working on this one with some great friends. Can’t wait for y’all to hear it!”

The EP opens with the title track, a nostalgic throwback that is sure to win over legions of new fans. On the mid-tempo anthem, Matthew shares a poetic look at the kids he grew up with, admitting that they all took different paths. “Some left town and some got stuck, It takes a whole lotta God, a little bit of love, He sings. “But we all settle down and we all grow up.”

Similar themes weave through tracks like “Small Town Shit” and “Dirt Road Does.” On the former, which is remnant of tracks like Kane Brown’s “Bury Me in Georgia” or Aldean’s “Burnin’ it Down,” the newcomer booms through a barn burner as he celebrates all the things that make small towns special. Alternatively, the album’s closing track, “Dirt Road Does,” shows a more vulnerable side of the singer-songwriter as he likens his love to a dirt road, and while it shouldn’t work, it absolutely does. Over a sparse guitar ballad, he muses  I thank God everyday for the both of you // Yeah your brown eyes and a two lane windshield view // When I’ve been gone too long // You both know how to take me home.”

“Darling” finds him suspicious of a girl on the hip-hop infused track that finds him channeling Brown and Sam Hunt as he questions her.  “If he’s just a friend, then why’s he always calling?” He asks on the earwormy track. “Why’s he call you darling, Why’s he call you daily?”

“Make You Miss Me” and “I Don’t Carolina” both find Matthew dealing with heartbreak. On “Miss Me,” he wants her to regret the end, while “I Don’t Carolina” turns to clever lyrics as he deals with a breakup with a Carolina girl. On the moving heartbreak ballad, he name drops cities like Charlotte, Raleigh and the Outer Banks before going anywhere to escape her.  “I’ll head to Texas, Times Square,” He proclaims. “Anywhere I won’t find ya, ‘Cause I don’t Carolina.”

On We All Grow Up, Chase Matthew is sure to continue his meteoric rise to stardom, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s filling arenas on his own.

We All Grow Up EP Tracklist:

  1. We All Grow Up
  2. Darlin’
  3. Making You Miss Me
  4. I Don’t Carolina
  5. Small Town Shit
  6. Dirt Road Does

Country Swag Picks:

  1. We All Grow Up
  2. Darling
  3. Dirt Road Does
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Chase Matthew shares new EP, ‘We All Grow Up,’ 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 Chase Matthew releases.

For tour dates and more, visit the singer-songwriter’s website here. He’ll be hitting the road with Jason Aldean this summer as part of the Highway Desperado Tour, with stops at Jones Beach on July 12 and PNC Bank Arts Center on July 13.

To keep up with Chase Matthew, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

We All Grow Up 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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Lainey Wilson Shares New Song “Country’s Cool Again” After Grammy Win

Lainey Wilson’s new song, “Country’s Cool Again” is out now, February 16th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

Fresh off her GRAMMY win for best country album, Lainey Wilson is feeding fans even more music. Since she emerged in the country music landscape, Wilson has cemented herself as a mainstay in the genre. Now, the singer-songwriter is a true superstar in her own right. Wilson’s new song, “Country’s Cool Again” is just another notch in her belt.

The new single has everything we have come to love from a Lainey Wilson hit. “Country’s Cool Again” touches on all the cliches of country music in a new and fresh way. Throughout the song, Wilson sings about how country music is mainstream again, which fits right into her lifestyle. The song highlights the revival of the country music genre, something that Wilson herself has had a huge influence on.

“Oh me, oh my, how things changed //  And I can’t believe my eyes these days // Everybody wanna be a cowboy // Drive a John boat whip a John Deere // Everybody wanna backwoods front porch // With a tub full of iced-down beer // Must be something in water flowing out of the holler // Blue collar must have caught a new wind // Doggone daggummit, didn’t see that coming // Country’s cool again”

“Country’s Cool Again” is a type of song that is hard not to love the second you hear it. Wilson deserves all the hype she is getting right now and we hope that this is just the beginning of more new music down the pipeline!

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Lainey Wilson shares new song, “Country’s Cool Again,” 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 Lainey Wilson releases.

To keep up with Lainey Wilson, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Country’s Cool Again” 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.

Drake Milligan: ‘Jukebox Songs’ – EP Review

Drake Milligan releases his new EP, Jukebox Songs, out now, February 16th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

With a voice seasoned way beyond his 25 years, Drake Milligan is easily one of country music’s best modern traditionalists. This is on full display on his new EP, Jukebox Songs, which allows his impressive voice to shine over four new tracks. Produced by fellow Texan, Trent Wilmon, the EP continues to illustrate Milligan’s impressive talent. 

Similar to his previous releases, the Stoney Creek artist’s new EP is the best of both traditional country and modern sounds. He shares, “My goal for this EP was to write and find songs that feel classic and memorable – the kinda tunes would fit right in on some old Rock-Ola in the corner of a smoke-filled bar on the outskirts of nowhere Texas. It’s a continuation of the old-meets-new Country sound I’ve always gone for, and this time with my friend Trent Willmon at the reins as producer, I’m very excited to keep this honky tonk train rollin.’” 

The EP opens with “What I Couldn’t Forget,” a swinging and single-ready ode to finding new love beneath neon lights. While he may have entered the locale with the intention of drowning his sorrows in a sad country ballad, someone new catches his eye and a love story is forged over fiddle and steel.  “I think I walked in here running from a memory,” He admits, a playful tone lacing his booming voice. “I can’t remember what I couldn’t forget, that train of thought took off the moment we met, All I got is you girl running through my head, I can’t remember what I couldn’t forget…All I know is I’m glad you’re here.”

“I Got A Problem” starts off with a cheeky ragtime piano, as Milligan sets up the story, musing about what happens when “a guy like me gets hooked on something.” Initially, it may seem like a ballad but quickly traditions into a rocking uptempo as the singer deals with his addiction to a new woman in his life. 

Your kiss tastes like whiskey and I’m a drinker // You play with my heart strings, and girl, I’m a singer // Nah, it ain’t no joke, you’re a smoke show // And I’m a Marlboro man when I’m holdin’ your hand // You’re a wild card, I’m a gambler // I was goin’ nowhere, you wrecked my plan, girl I got a problem // But what a damn good problem to have”

“Don’t Leave Me Loving You” is an immediate standout, finding him a broken hearted balladeer as he channels his inner George Strait, longing for a lost love on the powerful ballad. “Come leave me hurt, Come leave me mad, Come leave my heart broken in half,” He pleads. “Leave me like someone I never knew, Hating the hell you put me through, Just don’t leave me loving you.”

The collection ends with the rousing “Jukebox Songs and Barstool Beers,” a simple but effective celebration of a local and reliable haunt that’s sure to have cold beer and good music. It’s the perfect ending to the EP, leaving listeners with a smile on their faces, as they are immediately transported to the place. Akin to tracks like “Redneck Yacht Club,” “I Love This Bar,” or “American Honky-Tonk Bar Association,” it leaves listeners with a taste but wanting more.

The only problem with Drake Milligan’s Jukebox Songs EP is that it’s too short. However, the four song collection packs a powerful punch that’s sure to be played on repeat.

Jukebox Songs EP Tracklist:

  1. What I Couldn’t Forget
  2. I Got A Problem (Full Length)
  3. Don’t Leave Me Loving You
  4. Jukebox Songs and Barstool Beers
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Drake Milligan shares new EP, ‘Jukebox Songs,’ 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 Drake Milligan releases.

Milligan will be hitting the road with Cody Johnson this Spring. For tour dates and more, click here.

To keep up with Drake Milligan, follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

Jukebox Songs 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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Dasha: ‘What Happens Now?’ – Debut Album Review

Dasha releases her debut album, What Happens Now?, out now, February 16th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project here.

For rising star Dasha, her new album, What Happens Now?, is truly a return to her roots. While the singer-songwriter may have begun her career with viral pop tunes on TikTok, country music is always where her heart has been. 

When she chatted with Country Swag last November, she revealed, “I had this epiphany and was like ‘I have to go back to my roots and start making country music again’, so in the last nine months to a year, I’ve really dove into that […] I have never had such an amazing time making music before. Music has never come so effortlessly to me before as it has with this music. It’s the beginning of this new country era.”

Her passion for the music shines through on the eight song collection, which is lyrically much like a journal through her deepest thoughts and feelings. This is evident on songs like “Drown Me,” “42,” and “Even Cowboys Cry.”

Conversely, the album’s opening track is truly an outlier, a driving up-tempo that adeptly mixes electro pop beats with twangy guitar rhythms as she ponders the potential of a summer romance with a boy who “hurts so good.” 

“Austin” is a more straightforward country up-tempo, with its hand-clapping, two-stepping countrified rhythm about a guy who failed to keep his promises. “Did your boots stop workin’? Did your truck break down? Did you burn through the money? Did your ex find out? She asks. “Where there’s a will then there’s a way and I’m damn sure you lost it // Didn’t even say goodbye // Just wish I knew what caused it.”

Of “Austin,” she revealed to Country Swag that it was one of her favorite songs she’s ever recorded.  “We started creating this whole story about this guy who kind of screws you over and you leave him at this bar, and I love how angry it is,” She shares. “It crawls under your skin, because it’s not that you’re mad – mad, it’s like you’re hurt – mad, and I feel like that emotion really comes through in that song. We wrote it in an hour, which is crazy fast for a song.”

Despite being a California native, Dasha embraces small town life on “Talk of the Town” and “Share this City,” musing that “the smallest towns have the biggest mouths” on the latter, as she deals with a relationship that’s at the root of a town’s gossip. Likewise, “Share this City” finds her trying to dodge an ex. “I’ve been avoiding all the places that we used to love, and heaven only knows I don’t get out enough,” She admits mournfully. “Maybe we should call it a truce and maybe I won’t run into you.”

Heartbreak weaves its way though many of the songs, including the incredible standout that is “Drown Me,” a sad guitar ballad that finds her sinking beneath the weight of her broken heart, powerful imagery finding her pleading with a former lover that she’s addicted to. “Empty all the air inside my lungs and shook me in the water, even when you think I’ve had enough, then hold on to me harder, Baby drown me, if you need me,” She sings. “I’m infatuated, baby, with the way you make me hate you.”

“Even Cowboys Cry” and “42” are also powerful ballads in their own ways, with the former encouraging a cowboy to open up and deal with his demons. Meanwhile, the latter is about counting down the days until you see someone again and longing to pick up where things left off, despite a year between.

“So tell all the girls you’ve been kissing that they had a good run // But it’s all over and through // Tell them that your little lady’s moving back to the city // And it’s not them, it’s that I finally get to have you // And your penthouse with the bad view // And my toothbrush in your bathroom // And you can tell I’m tryna act cool // But do I finally get to have you?”

While Dasha may have previously dabbled in pop music, it’s clear from What Happens Now? that country is truly where her heart lies… and where she belongs.

What Happens Now? Tracklist:

  1. What Happens Now?
  2. 42
  3. Austin
  4. King of California
  5. Drown Me
  6. Talk Of The Town
  7. Share this City
  8. Even Cowboys Cry

Country Swag Picks:

  1. “Austin”
  2. “Even Cowboys Cry”
  3. “42”
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Dasha shares her debut album, ‘What Happens Now?,’ out now on all streaming platforms.

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