Josh Kerr has been one of Nashville’s staple songwriters and producers for years. In late 2019, he released his debut artist project, How Do You Remember Me, where fans got to hear his stories and discover his artistry. Kerr is all about the music; he shares music with the world whenever he feels like people need to hear it. And the world does need to hear the painfully vulnerable lyrics and tales that Kerr is so good at spinning. Today, he released a new song, “Fall In Love” the first of 12 new songs that he’s slated to release later this year.
“Fall In Love” is an upbeat, driving with the windows down type of song. It feels like Labor Day weekend, when it’s the last taste of summer and still warm out, but you know your life and the leaves are about to change. Emily Falvey, who co-wrote the song with Kerr, sings a breathy background vocal, and her voice sounds so far away, like the girl Kerr is singing about is just a memory now.
The song tells a story of a relationship that was good in the summer into the fall, but “when the days got short and the nights got long”, and the weather got colder, their love also turned cold and the relationship fell apart. Kerr looks back on the relationship and wonders if she misses him the way he misses her, singing, “When I looked into your eyes, I sure felt like somebody”.
The chorus is really clever: “And we spent the fall, in love/My sweater slipping off your shoulders/You were smiling and pulling me closer,” Kerr sings, with twinges of nostalgia laced in his voice. There are dreamy harmonies and intricate banjo licks that make this sound like signature Kerr.
In a recent Instagram post, Kerr shared that during quarantine, he’s been making a lot of music and staying busy. “The more time at home meant getting out of my comfort zone and getting better. This is the first song I’ve released where I played all the instruments, tuned & comp’d all the vocals, and attempted my first real mix,” he said. “To be honest it’s made me really nervous. Thank you to every person that’s given me the confidence to go for it. This song feels like the first time that I get to openly and honestly musically meet everyone.”
Something to look forward to over the next 11 months is to watch Josh Kerr evolve as a singer, songwriter, artist, producer, and engineer. We live in unprecedented times, and Kerr is one of the few artist-writers who really understands how to tell his own story while still telling everyone else’s stories too.
“Fall In Love” 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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