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Dierks Bentley, BRELAND & HARDY Hit #1 with “Beers On Me”

Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, and HARDY’s song “Beers On Me” officially goes number one at country radio this week. Check out the #1 song here…

Back in July, Dierks Bentley floored us with a mega collaboration. The superstar shared the spotlight with two incredible rising artists, BRELAND and HARDY. The three entertainers impressed on “Beers On Me,” which is now the number one song at country radio.

“Beers On Me” is a feel good song! It is no wonder that both radio and its fans fell in love with it. Each artist brought something different to the song. Bentley provided the consistency, while HARDY brought the country-rock element to the song. BRELAND provided even more differentiation, adding a little bit of country-trap to the talking parts of one of the verses.

“Come on down // swing on by // Bring whatever’s been on your mind // Locals on tap / and bottles on ice // livin’ on feel-good standard time // My card’s on the bar // you’ve got nowhere to be // If you don’t come through // buddy, that’s on you // ‘cause the beer’s on me”

This is a major accomplishment for all three of the men. Congrats all around on the #1!

Join our Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, and HARDY announcements and releases.

To keep up with Dierks Bentley, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook,

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

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

“Beers On Me” 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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Who Is Breland? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

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

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The Beginning:

It is quite evident that the recording artist, Breland is a star in the making! Breland is indisputably an artist to pay attention to. The Jersey native has quite the collection of collaborations that serve as a testament to the music community’s appreciation for his undeniable talent. We chatted with the singer-songwriter to learn more about his journey so far.

“My parents are both ministers and they lead worship at church and they met in a gospel choir, so growing up there was a lot of gospel music around the house,” begins Breland. “They are probably the most talented married couple vocally that I’ve ever come across,” shares the singer. Later, the entertainer paid more homage to his parents. “I definitely credit them for some of the things I am doing now vocally, in terms of arrangement and even melodies as a songwriter.”

Despite his family’s obvious talent and inspiration, Breland honed his artistry during his time away at boarding high school. “Being able to establish my own identity away at high school was really pivotal. I just started telling people on campus that I was an artist,” shared the singer.

The Turning Point:

After high school, Breland continues his education by heading to business school at Georgetown University. While in college, the singer-songwriter decided he wanted to keep grinding in the music industry.

“I kind of decided I wanted to kick things up a notch with music, so I started looking for mentors that could give me meaningful feedback with what I was doing,” shared the singer, adding, “I just started cold reaching out to different producers […] Eventually, some people listened and they were down in Atlanta, which motivated me move there after college.”

Breland truly embodies a passion for the industry. “You can only control your effort. You can only control how you treat people and you can only control your mastery of the craft. I think for me it was a combination of all three of those things,” shared the artist.

While in Atlanta, Breland added more genres to his catalog of music interests. “I kind of developed an appreciation for country music around that time because it was my first time truly living in the south. I was like man these people in country music have figured something out, there’s a formula that they have that I would like to figure out, I want to tap in.”

The singer also credits artists like Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Drake, Nelly, and Justin Bieber as some of his inspirations. When it comes to songwriting, Breland shared,”it’s a lot of Motown music like 60s and 70s, the evolution of pop.”

Today:

Breland burst on to the scene with his cross-genre hit, “My Truck,” According to the singer, “’My Truck’” was kind of a demo I had made after living in Atlanta for a few years and there was enough of me in it that I wanted to put it out independently.” This song was the starting point of Breland’s desire to explore the crossroads between the country and hip-hop genres.

“I was really interested in the intersection between country and hip hop, giving that they are both the preeminent genres in the south and recognizing that there’s not really a whole lot that separates the listener base if you look at every factor, other than race.”

Breland also credits the collaborations in hip hop music as his inspiration for his own collaborations. So far in his young career, the singer has already dropped music with Nelly, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Mickey Guyton, and more. “I don’t really go into any of these things thinking I have to be on this song as an artist, I just want to create something and whatever is meant to happen will happen,” shared Breland.

Just this week, Breland premiered his latest collab, a brand new song “Praise The Lord” featuring Thomas Rhett, which the two performed together Monday Night (March 7th) on the ACM Awards. “I know that it’s a song that’s sticky, it definitely gets into people’s heads, and it’s kind of different and adds something cool to the country algorithm. And to have Thomas Rhett on it, I think will really surprise a lot of people and make perfect sense.”

Breland also revealed his debut album, CROSS COUNTRY will be out early this summer.

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

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

Breland’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.

Breland & Thomas Rhett Collab On New Song “Praise The Lord”

Rising singer-songwriter, Breland collaborates with Thomas Rhett on their brand new song “Praise The Lord,” out now on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

Quite possibly the king of collaborations, Breland is an artist that fans of all musical genres will appreciate! On the heels of debuting his new song “Praise The Lord” at the ACM Awards Monday night (March 7) in Las Vegas, the singer-songwriter dropped the song for fans. Breland collabs with platinum-selling entertainer, Thomas Rhett on the incredible jam.

The new songs leans into both the southern rock and R&B genres. Co-written by the fellow country music stars along with David Garcia, Jacob Durrett, Jessie Jo Dillon, Julian Bunetta, Kyle Fishman, HARDY, and Rocky Block, “Praise The Lord” is an anthem for appreciating the small things in life. The song is also as catchy as they come. Both Breland and Rhett lean into the entertainer sides of their personalities and talent on this unexpected, yet stellar collab.

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM

“Praise the Lord that I got everything I want and need and more // I might turn up on Saturday, but first thing Sunday morn’ // I praise the Lord”

The release of “Praise The Lord” comes in conjunction of Breland’s upcoming album announcement. The singer-songwriter’s debut album CROSS COUNTRY is slated for a summer release.

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Breland and Thomas Rhett collaborate on new song “Praise The Lord” out now.

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

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

To keep up with Thomas Rhett, follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

“Praise The Lord”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.

Country Swag Reveals 2022 Artists to Watch

Introducing our 2022 Country Artists to Watch!

Over the past 6+ years of Country Swag, we have always loved to support rising artists and introduce our followers to the best new music in the genre. Since our first Artists to Watch list back in 2017, we have pinned rising stars like Luke Combs, Brett Young, Russell Dickerson, Walker Hayes, HARDY, Gabby Barrett, and more. Each year we choose ten new artists that we believe are destined for killer careers, our only rule when choosing is the artist can NOT already have a number one song.

Check out our picks in 20172018, 2019, 2o2o and 2021, before checking out the 10 artists we picked to have a huge 2022 below.

CONNER SMITH 

Listen: “I Hate Alabama”
Stay Connected: @ConnerSmithMusic

When we think 2022, we think CONNER SMITH. We were first introduced to this talented singer-songwriter in early 2021 when he joined us in New York City to film an acoustic session and interview. As Smith performed for our crew, it was obvious that everyone in the room could feel the magic from this talented artist. Just a few weeks later, after an overwhelming fan response to an unreleased song “I Hate Alabama” prompted Smith to officially release the track, the artist found himself in headlines everywhere. Barely 24 hours after it’s official drop, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team notoriously lost their game after a 19-week winning streak. Coincidence?

Conner Smith is destined to be a name stay in country music. His debut EP Didn’t Go Too Far is due out January 14th and fans can catch him on the road in early 2022 with Ryan Hurd.

 

ALANA SPRINGSTEEN 

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Listen: “Zero Trucks”
Stay Connected: @AlanaSpringsteen

We first became familiar with Alana Springsteen with the release of “Think About You”, a relatable and catchy song put out to country radio with Curb Records’ artist, Filmore back in 2020. Continuing to impress with each new release, the 21-year-old officially dropped her studio debut EP, History of Breaking Up (Part 1) in September 2021. The project truly showcases her beautiful vocals and honest and raw songwriting. Paired with an infectious stage presence, Springsteen was an easy contender for our 2022 watch list.

 

DREW GREEN 

Listen: “She Got That”
Stay Connected: @DrewGreen

Drew Green is a standout artist as the Tennessee native continues to blend genre lines making a one-of-a-kind sound uniquely his own. With hints of country, trap, and rap in his music, paired with his honest approach to songwriting and compelling storytelling, there is a song for everyone in this newcomer’s catalog. Check out his latest project, Dirt Boy Vol. 2 here.

 

BRELAND 

Listen: “Cross Country”
Stay Connected: @Breland

Breland is indisputably an artist to pay attention to and the Jersey native has quite the collection of collaborations that serve as a testament to the music community’s appreciation for his undeniable talent. Songs like “My Truck” ft. Sam Hunt, “Throw It Back” ft. Keith Urban, Nelly’s “High Horse” ft. Breland + Blanco Brown, are just a few standout tracks with Breland’s name attached. However, his highly personal, yet relatable single, “Cross Country” is what helps us get to know the rising star. Cultivating a sound of his own matched with his infectious personality and energetic stage presence makes Breland a must-see act. Catch him on the road in 2022 with Russell Dickerson on the All Yours, All Night Tour.

 

ASHLEY COOKE 

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Listen: “Never Til Now”
Stay Connected: @TheAshleyCooke

After having viral success on TikTok, Ashley Cooke has racked up millions of fans over the last nearly two years. The talented singer-songwriter was not only able to land the attention of new fans on the popular social app, but she was able to keep them. With each new music release she continues to impress with her heartfelt vulnerability in her lyrics and captivating vocals. Get to know Ashley Cooke with her debut EP, Already Drank That Beer – Side A here.

 

WARREN ZEIDERS 

Listen: “Ride The Lightning”
Stay Connected: @WarrenZeiders

Warren Zeiders’ gritty vocals meshed with his own unique blend of country music and southern rock influences sets him apart from the pool of rising acts in the country music world. His lead single, “Ride the Lightning”, penned by himself along with Eric Paslay and Rob Crosby, will stop you in your tracks and have any listener captivated beginning to end. A Warren Zeiders x Morgan Wallen collab is a thought we’d like to put into the universe.

 

MORGAN WADE 

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Listen: “Wilder Days”
Stay Connected: @MorganWadeMusic

Perhaps the most buzzed about artist of 2021, Morgan Wade is a name that will be around for years to come. Breaking out onto the scene with her debut project, Reckless, Wade delivers real, raw, and authentic lyrics in her music. The rising star can be found on the road with Luke Combs in 2022, a coveted spot that is sure to help even further boost her fanbase. Wade continues to stun on her latest release, “Run”, listen here.

 

CHAYCE BECKHAM 

Listen: “23 – Steel Mix”
Stay Connected: @ChayceBeckhamMusic

Chayce Beckham won the hearts of fans everywhere during his run on Season 21 of American Idol. The singer stunned throughout the series, ultimately claiming the winning title. The popular singing competition helped introduce fans to Beckham’s incredible tone and talent. After performing his own deeply personal song “23”, which he independently wrote, Beckham released the track and instantly saw it hit #1 on iTunes charts. Recently, the singer-songwriter teamed up with label-mate, Lindsay Ell for a brand new high-energy song, “Can’t Do Without Me” Listen here.

 

ERIN KINSEY 

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Listen: “Just Drive”
Stay Connected: @ErinKinseyTX

We first met Erin Kinsey this past fall when she joined us in New York City for an acoustic session and interview. Her positive and contagious energy is what got our attention, but her incredible vocal skills matched with her catchy and relatable lyrics are what kept us wanting more. The Texas native certainly has a bright future. Get to know the singer-songwriter in our spotlight interview here.

 

LARRY FLEET 

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Listen: “Different Shade of Red”
Stay Connected: @LarryFleet

Larry Fleet’s debut single “Where I Find God” left us awestruck upon first listen and in high anticipation for a full-length project. Delivering 14 tracks, all in-which he had a hand in writing, on his debut album Stack of Records, Larry Fleet lived up to the hype. A combination of honest lyrics, staggering vocals, and country grit make Larry Fleet an artist to watch. Catch him on the road in 2022 with Morgan Wallen on The Dangerous Tour.

Like what you hear? Give a follow to our 2022 Artists to Watch Playlist here.

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

Check out the latest tunes in country music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

Spotify Premieres Brand New Podcast Series, ‘Spotify: Discover This’

Spotify premiered a brand new podcast series called ‘Spotify: Discover This’ featuring fresh insights on music and much more.

Kicking off the series, Spotify dives into none other than the evolution of country music. The new podcast starts the conversation around the changes in country music, the new sounds, and the incredible dynamics in country music today. On this episode, rising artist BRELAND sits down with three engaging female country artists in the industry: Lauren Alaina, Lily Rose, and Shania Twain.

Throughout the episode, the guests discuss the evolution of women in country music, the nostalgia behind certain 90s tunes, and much more. All three women voiced the idea that women need to be treated equally and fairly in the industry, a concept that BRELAND agreed with. A notable moment in the episode, newcomer and rising star, Lily Rose, shared how the strive for equality in music has led to more diversity in country music, including diversity in race and sexual orientation.

The Spotify: Discover This podcast can be listened to for free exclusively on Spotify! Check out the episode below.

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Nelly Collaborates with Blanco Brown and Breland on “High Horse”

Superstar Nelly collaborates with Blanco Brown and Breland on their new song “High Horse,” out now.  Take a look below as we dig into the song.

Multi-platinum-selling superstar Nelly has dipped his toes into the country world a few times over the years. Now, the rapper is solidifying his staying power in the genre officially releasing a country-inspired album Heartland, due out on August 27th. Last week, Nelly released the second song off the project, “High Horse,” featuring Blanco Brown and Breland.

Full of country twang and vocals, “High Horse” is another funky collaboration. Similar to Nelly’s collab with Florida Georgia Line, “Lil Bit.” The three artists are proving that genre lines do not need to be so solid. Brown, Breland, and Nelly combine all their unique talents and voices in a song that is truly a genre of its own.

“Get up off that high horse // Get up off of this train // Get up off of that high horse // And drop that thing on me // Get up off of that high horse // Get up off of this train // Get up off of that high horse // And drop that thing on me”

Nelly has had crossover success in the country genre since 2004 with Tim McGraw on “Over and Over” He is in a league of his own. It is encouraging to see him take other promising artists under his wing. Blanco Brown and Breland are both rising stars in their own right!

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

“High Horse” 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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Dierks Bentley, BRELAND & HARDY Collaborate on “Beers On Me”

Dierks Bentley teamed up with rising stars, HARDY and BRELAND, on new drinking song, “Beers On Me,” available now, July 29th, on all streaming platforms. Bentley, HARDY, BRELAND, Ross Copperman, Luke Dick, and Ashley Gorley all contributed to the writing and producing of the track. Keep reading below as we dig deeper into the new song.

After “Gone” marked Bentley’s 20th number-one hit last month, the star surprised fans by finally releasing a new track. “Beers On Me” is a fun, bar sing-along for everyone who had their heart broke, has been stressed at work, or are finally ready to celebrate and put this past year and a half behind us. To the great pleasure of the crowd, the singer offers to pay everyone’s tabs. Bentley takes the first verse and choruses, while HARDY and BRELAND provide backing vocals and take the second and third verses, respectively. BRELAND brings trap to the track as he talks/raps his verse.

Come on down // swing on by // Bring whatever’s been on your mind // Locals on tap / and bottles on ice // livin’ on feel-good standard time // My card’s on the bar // you’ve got nowhere to be // If you don’t come through // buddy, that’s on you // ‘cause the beer’s on me

BRELAND opened for Bentley on his first few shows back, and the two quickly became friends. Although he and HARDY will not be joining Bentley on his tour of the same name, he will have the support of Riley Green and Parker McCollum starting August 13th in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tour hits the New York area at Jones Beach on September 24th. For tickets, head to his website.

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Dierks Bentley announcements and releases.

To keep up with Dierks Bentley, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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

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

“Beers On Me” is 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.

BRELAND Gets Personal in his Latest Release “Cross Country”

BRELAND’s new song “Cross Country” is available now, February 26th, everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

BRELAND's new song "Cross Country" is available everywhere now, February 26th

BRELAND’s new song “Cross Country” is available everywhere now, February 26th

After finally finding a place for himself and his music in this business, BRELAND gets the chance to share the journey of how he got here in his newest single “Cross Country”. This release follows the success of his debut single “My Truck” as well as his seven-track self-titled EP which includes two versions of “My Truck”, the original and the Sam Hunt Remix, and “In The Woulds” featuring Chase Rice and Lauren Alaina.

BRELAND’s unique and cross-genre sound can be explained through his musical influences which include the Beatles, Rascal Flatts, Prince, and his number one influence, Stevie Wonder. BRELAND began his musical career as a songwriter for rappers like Elhae and YK Osiris. However, wanting to give his own music a chance, he released “My Truck” on social media to see if it could gain some attention. When it did, BRELAND self-released the song and it is now certified platinum. He went on to release a remix with Sam Hunt and in May 2020 he released his self-titled EP.

BRELAND’s EP gave fans an intro into his story right off the bat. From this collection of songs, you can gather a lot about his journey and about his love and appreciation for two genres which until recently, have scarcely been meshed. “Cross Country” beautifully captures the struggle of BRELAND’s story about never feeling as though he fit in where he was and always searching for his purpose. He has been chasing this dream of his for so long and trying to find a place in this world for his music. With such a love for two genres that only recently received acceptance and attention when combined, BRELAND struggled to find someone who would listen and help find a place in this world for his music.

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Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine

With nothing against the places he has been or the people he had there, BRELAND expresses that he has always felt like something was missing and that he didn’t belong. As he tells his story of never being heard or being able to catch his break, he continued to show confidence in a situation where it would have been difficult to stay optimistic. He knew he would find his place somewhere and knew he wasn’t going to give up because one day he would have what he had always dreamt of. While this may be an autobiographical song of BRELAND’s journey, it is certainly a message that is shared by so many.

“Cross Country” poses as motivation for anyone who may feel like they don’t belong or that they don’t fit in where they are. It encourages them to believe that their spot is out there and their time will come if they are willing to work to get there and never give up. 

“I tried to fit in, but didn’t, I’m different yeah I know / the houses I stayed in, were great but they never felt like home (no) / I’m going Cross Country / I won’t stop running til I find where I belong / I’m going Cross Country / know they might judge me, I ain’t gotta prove ‘em wrong / cause I know it’s okay, to be in my own lane / when I’m doing what they say can’t be done”

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

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

“Cross Country” 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.

Tiera and Breland Release A Beautiful Song Titled “Miles”

Tiera’s new song featuring Breland, “Miles” is available now, February 12th, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new track.

Songs & Daughters flagship songwriter Tiera has joined forces with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Breland in their brand new song “Miles.” Back in October, the songstress released a beautiful and sentimental song called “Found It In You” that we instantly fell in love with. “Miles” is just another heartfelt tune, proving that she is slated for a promising career in her genre of choice, R&B/Country Music.

The female powerhouse’s vocals soar on this inviting and captivating tune. “Miles” is a fun and nostalgic love song with imagery for days. After just one listen, you can truly picture Tiera and her lover on a road trip as they blast all their favorite songs and continue to fall in love with one another.

“You’re like a slow lane Sunday / You’re good for my soul / You’re taking me places / I never thought I could go / You’re my dashboard religion / Got my love on cruise control / Take me in any direction and it still feels like home”

About a minute and a half into the song, Breland brings his unique talent to the track. His sing/talk voice adds a much-needed layer and swagger to the already enticing song. Together, the two play off each other’s vocals and represent the couple the song is all about.

Tiera’s new song "Miles" featuring Breland is available everywhere now, February 12th

Tiera’s new song “Miles” featuring Breland is available everywhere now, February 12th

With just a few releases under her belt, Tiera is surely one to look out for. Her debut EP is slated to be released in just one month on March 12th. It is only a matter of time until all of country music falls in love with her. As for Breland, his single “My Truck” is already certified platinum! Country music better make room for these two rising talents!

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

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

Keep up with BRELAND by following him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Miles” 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.

NYCS First Impression: BRELAND Self-Titled EP

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Late in 2018, Lil Nas X’s now Grammy-award winning song “Old Town Road” blew up on TikTok, giving us an introduction to what ‘country trap’ is. A year and a half later, a new artist in the same genre, BRELAND, breaks into the scene with his song, “My Truck.” Soon thereafter, the 24-year-old Atlanta-based rapper dropped his debut extended play today (May 22) under a major record label.

Born in Burlington, New Jersey, Daniel Breland grew up listening to all types of music from The Beatles, to Prince, to Rascal Flatts. While attending Georgetown University, BRELAND knocked on every possible music-industry door and eventually broke through as a songwriter, landing several high-profile cuts with rappers such as Elhae and YK Osiris. As much as he enjoyed writing for other artists, his dream was to put out his own music. Like “Old Town Road,” “My Truck” went viral on TikTok and due to its popularity, fans urged him to drop the track on Spotify. It found tremendous success, including hitting #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 and US Viral 50 charts. On April 24th, country mega-star, Sam Hunt joined the “My Truck” remix, and the song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Charts at #46.

“My Truck” is a fun and simple song, in which BRELAND and Hunt just describe how much their truck means to them. However, this EP allows him to go deeper and tell us more about his personal life. “Wifi” discusses a complex relationship, while “Beautiful Lies” has all the vibes of a Post Malone track. In this song, he sings about his upbringing and all the grinding he had to go through to make it to where he is today. “I’ve been going in, going hard for the longest. Worked a couple jobs, did it all for my mama. People wanna talk but they can’t walk a mile in my shoes,” he sings in the chorus. “They ain’t know that hate is only love in disguise. So I had to thank you for the beautiful lies.”

Our favorite track, “In the Woulds” features Chase Rice and Lauren Alaina. Although it has a lot of hip-hop influence, it also contains multiple elements of country music, with an acoustic guitar serving as the lead instrument in the chorus, backed by a banjo and a strong bass beat. ‘Woulds’ is purposely misspelled as the singer says he is “lost in the woulds” with this girl, meaning he would do anything to be with her. BRELAND sings the chorus and Rice and Alaina take the first and second verses, respectively.

“Horseride” and “Hot Sauce” are two more fun, upbeat songs to go along with “My Truck” that lean a little more into a hip-hop sound. In the latter, BRELAND says his girl is like hot sauce, as everything is better with her.

If you are one who likes to categorize music by genre, good luck with this one. BRELAND took a sound that we have only heard in one song before and created an entire EP out of it, giving us a better understanding of the genre and sound. Although we doubt this will become the new ‘norm’ in country music, there is definitely a place for it. All these cross-genre collaborations are helping country music become more mainstream in regions where they have not been popular in the past, like here in the urban, northeast. For example, Morgan Wallen credits “Heartless”, his record with American DJ, Diplo as one of the causes of his fast-growing substantial fame. Diplo fans hear the song, then go check out Wallen as a result, and vice versa. In this case, after hearing “My Truck,” a fan of rap might go check out Sam Hunt, then venture off into other pop-country acts such as Thomas Rhett, which could lead to him/her listening to Jon Pardi, and soon enough, he/she could be adding George Strait and Waylon Jennings to their playlist.

Genre-defining aside, BRELAND showcased his true creativity with his fun and lively lyrics and sounds. If country trap is going to take off, Lil Nas X will be known as the one started it, but BRELAND will be credited as the one who truly moved it forward.

NYCS Picks:

  1. In the Woulds
  2. Beautiful Lie
  3. My Truck [Remix]

Keep up with BRELAND by following him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

BRELAND’s self-titled EP is now 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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