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Here Is Brett Eldredge’s Holiday Album: ‘Mr. Christmas’

Brett Eldredge’s brand new holiday album, Mr. Christmas is out now, October 22nd on all streaming platforms. Check out the details and listen to the brand new music below.

When it comes to the fusion of Christmas music with country music, there is no one else that comes to mind quite like Brett Eldredge. The singer mesmerized fans with his Christmas record Glow and special performances nationwide of the record. Today, the singer releases his next holiday album. Eldredge’s perfectly-titled Mr. Christmas is finally here.

The brand new record features our favorite holiday classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” as well as a couple of originals. Eldredge includes the new song, the title-track “Mr. Christmas” on this enticing project. According to the platinum-selling artist himself, “This album is so much fun and full of joy and magic. […] We captured that nostalgic, classic feel that Christmas brings and mixed it with the soulful side of my music influences. It’s got a lot of heart and magic.”

Check out the track list and listen to the full-length record below.

Mr. Christmas Track List

  1. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  2. Mr. Christmas
  3. Merry Christmas Baby
  4. Jingle Bells
  5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  6. I Hear the Bells on Christmas Day
  7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  8. Cool Yule
  9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  10. Feels Like Christmas
  11. O Come All Ye Faithful
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Brett Eldredge’s brand new Christmas Album ‘Mr. Christmas’ is available now.

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Mr. Christmas 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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Get to Know the Opening Acts of Summer 2021’s Hottest Country Music Tours

All of the greats we know and love today were once the opening acts, too. Get to know today’s openers from summer 2021’s hottest country music tours.

Not only did your favorite superstars reunite with the stage this past summer, but your future favorite entertainers had the opportunity to share it with them this country concert season as well. Country music is famous for having incredible ‘superstars-to-be’ open for their major tours, and here at Country Swag, we have your guide to all the of the show openers. Learn more about this year’s opening acts below.

Tenille Arts just earned her first #1 on country radio with the smash “Somebody Like That”, following the release of her second studio album, Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between. All her hard work is paying off this year, as she gears up for new releases and as summer set in, Arts found herself as the opening act on on Lady A’s ‘What A Song Can Do Tour’. Tenille Arts is without a doubt one of the best vocalists and songwriters of this new class of country artists and if you caught the show, you will probably agree.

Matt Stell, one of our artists to watch and Live Swag Session alums is taking over country music one single at a time. His debut single, “Prayed For You” is one of the most popular love songs in country music, and his new single, “That Ain’t Me No More” has been sent to country radio. This summer, he joined Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert on their respective run of shows.

Lainey Wilson and HARDY were both opening acts for Jason Aldean’s ‘Back In The Saddle Tour’ and if you caught the show, you know they rightfully earned their time in the spotlight. This isn’t the first time the two have toured together either; they opened for Morgan Wallen on his first headline tour over two years ago. HARDY and Wilson both released critically acclaimed albums in the past year (A ROCK and Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, respectively) and as those albums indicated, their fiery songs got fans up and out of their seats each and every night just as fast as they sat down in them!

The full list of country tours and their opening acts are listed below. One of the best feelings is when you go to a show not knowing the opener and leaving a forever fan. If that rings true for the show’s you attended this year, be sure to remember their names, follow them on socials, stream the music and get ready to see those artists when they head back your way. For New York City country fans, head to our calendar to find out when the next shows in the area are.

SUMMER 2021 TOURS:

Blake Shelton
Lindsay Ell
Martina McBride
Trace Adkins
Tracy Byrd

Brad Paisley
Jimmie Allen
Kameron Marlowe

Brett Eldredge
Morgan Evans

Brothers Osborne
Tenille Townes
Travis Denning

Dan + Shay
Band Camino
Ingrid Andress

Dierks Bentley
Parker McCollum
Riley Green

Ingrid Andress
Georgia Webster

Jason Aldean
HARDY
Lainey Wilson

Kane Brown
Restless Road

Lady A
Carly Pearce
Tenille Arts

Little Big Town
Caitlyn Smith
Hailey Whitters

Luke Bryan
Caylee Hammack
Dylan Scott

Old Dominion
Blanco Brown
Caitlyn Smith
Matt Stell
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Walker County

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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.

The 88th Annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting – Full Recap

Last night, the 88th annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting took place and aired on NBC. Artists of all genres including, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly, Jimmy Fallon, Leslie Odom Jr., Megan Trainor, Pentatonix, Goo Goo Dolls, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Radio City Rockettes and several entertainers from Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud” performed. Dolly Parton, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay represented country music. Keep reading below for a more in-depth review.

Brett Eldredge Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Normally, this event would bring thousands of people from all over the world and pack the streets of New York City. However, this is no normal year. Instead, we got to watch the tree lighting from the comfort and safety of our own homes. NBC’s Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker hosted this magical night.

Kelly Clarkson kicked off the special with a performance of her original song, “Underneath the Tree” from Los Angeles. Right after, Dolly Parton sang a duet with Tonight Show Host, Jimmy Fallon for their rendition of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” This pre-recorded skit took place in Parton’s Nashville room, while she sang with Fallon via video chat. Throughout the song, Fallon was slowly putting on his Santa suit, and at the end, he jumped into his chimney on set and dropped down into the room Parton was singing in. Later in the show, Parton gave a powerful performance of “Mary, Did You Know?” Both these songs (including the Fallon feature) are on her latest album A Holly Dolly Christmas.

Brett Eldredge was the next performer. No country artist has quite embodied the holiday season like Eldredge has over the past few years. It seems he releases a new holiday track every year, and in 2016 he put out a full-length album titled Glow, which was followed by a deluxe version in 2018. The past two years, he has gone on holiday tours, stopping at Beacon Theater both years. Before his performance of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” he delivered a Christmas wreath made from actual branches from the tree in Rockefeller Center to medical professionals at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Eldredge came on again later in the show, delivering an emotional performance of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” in front of the frontline health workers.

Dan + Shay took the stage in front of the Prometheus statue twice last night, performing both their new Christmas songs, the upbeat “Take Me Home For Christmas” and the slower “Christmas Isn’t Christmas.” As usual, Shay Mooney’s dominant lead vocals were on full display.

Due to her recent engagement to country superstar, Blake Shelton, we have to give a holla to Gwen Stefani (see what we did there?). She performed two original songs from her new holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, “Here This Christmas” and the title track. Although he did not sing with her last night, Shelton features on the title track.

The final performance of the night was a pre-recorded duet of Brett Eldredge and Kelly Clarkson singing their new, original holiday song “Under the Mistletoe.” Finally, after a short countdown from the hosts, the giant tree was lit, officially beginning the 2020 Christmas season.

 

Still need help getting in the spirit? Listen to our NYCS Christmas Playlist and check out our favorite, new holiday songs by our favorite country artists in our latest blog post.

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2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ft. Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, and More!

Tonight, NBC will kick off the most wonderful time of the year with the annual lighting of New York City’s famous tree on the 88th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Although things may look a little different this year, as the special event will be closed off to the public, the night is sure to be a celebration not to miss.

2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

As we get into the holiday spirit some of our favorite country artists like Dan + Shay, Dolly Parton, and the country king of Christmas, Brett Eldredge, are set to appear on the two-hour special.

Airing at 8PM ET on NBC tonight, December 2nd, “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” will also feature performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon, Goo Goo Dolls, Tori Kelly, Leslie Odom Jr., Pentatonix, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. Additionally, the cast from Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud” and the Radio City Rockettes will also make appearances on the show. NBC’s Craig Melvin, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker will host the magical show.

2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Don’t forget to tune in tonight to catch the special show. Happy Holidays!

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Written By: Tyler Johnson – The Hit Songs You Know, by the Songwriters You May Not Know

The best music comes from a world where genres are limitless and all that matters is getting lost in the lyrics, melody, and instruments. Behind every song are the songwriters, and Tyler Johnson, this month’s featured writer, has one of the most eclectic and magical catalogs there is. Here, we spotlight 10 of the songs that he has written and produced.

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“Where The Heart Is”, Brett Eldredge (Sunday Drive)

The opener on Brett Eldredge’s latest record, Sunday Drive, is one that is met with such a feeling of wonder and liveliness. “In a world that’s gone cold, show me where the heart is,” reads the chorus. Without even reading the song credits, lyrically, it sounds like a Tyler Johnson song – there are multiple layers of hope and vulnerability spread throughout the track.

 

“People Need A Melody”, The Head and the Heart (Living Mirage)

The Americana hit by the Seattle natives The Head and the Heart is a gorgeous, hopeful tune about music being what people need in hard times. “People need a melody to open their eyes/To a memory frozen in time.”  Tyler Johnson co-wrote and produced the track, as well the entire Living Mirage album, and he did a spectacular job at making it sound radio-friendly and personal at the same time.

 

“Diane”, Cam (The Otherside)

The lead single from Cam’s newest album, The Otherside, was the outstanding “Diane”, a song written from the other woman’s perspective. “It’s kind of like she’s Jolene, but she wanted to come at it from the other side, and focus on the idea that this is an apology that a lot of people deserved that they never got,” Johnson told Billboard in an interview. Sonically, it’s an epic song that really focuses on the vocal delivery.

 

“Maybe You’re Right”, Miley Cyrus (Bangerz)

Perhaps one of the most influential pop records of the 2010s was Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz. Tyler Johnson, along with the incomparable Cam, co-wrote the deep cut “Maybe You’re Right” with Miley. Melodically, it is clear that both Tyler had a hand in writing it. In many of the pop songs he is a part of, he goes for these harmonic, soaring choruses.

 

“Shade”, Maren Morris (GIRL)

While never released as an official single, “Shade”, off Maren Morris’ latest record, became a fan-favorite after Morris performed it at the CMT Awards. Tyler Johnson had a hand in writing it, and similar to the Miley Cyrus cut, the melody and harmonies are distinct.

 

“Gone Tomorrow (Here Today)”, Keith Urban (Ripcord)

Johnson co-wrote and produced another major country artist’s album opener, and that artist is the three-time entertainer of the year Keith Urban. The jaunty track, which features upbeat pop drums and slick banjo is one that Johnson is proud of. “I love how that track sounds. It has a different sonic basis but Keith, as an artist, knew what he wanted and it comes across as authentic,” he told Sounds Like Nashville in an interview.

 

“Photograph”, Ed Sheeran (x)

Tyler Johnson didn’t actually write this major Ed Sheeran hit, but it’s one of the first songs that he helped engineer and produce and put him on the map. The four-minute-song is all about trying to preserve a relationship forever – making it stand the test of time, keeping the love ageless in a photograph.

 

“Two Ghosts”, Harry Styles (Harry Styles)

The second single from Harry Styles’ debut solo project, “Two Ghosts” is a stunningly sparse song about lovers who aren’t the same people they were. It’s country in the way Beck, Jeff Tweedy, or even Kacey Musgraves is – folksy with rock and pop undertones. Harry is known for experimenting genre-wise on his records, and country is a sound he dabbles in frequently. Tyler Johnson’s expertise in the Nashville sound definitely has influenced Harry’s own sound to make it a cohesively alternative country song.

 

“Burning House”, Cam (Untamed)

It’s hard for a ballad to work at country radio. But a woman in country releasing a ballad and going #1 is even rarer. It went on to be nominated for a GRAMMY. “Burning House”, which Tyler co-wrote/produced with Cam, is practically an acoustic track, with just vocals, guitar, and string arrangements. “There’s a weight to [this song]. Writing [it] was amazing and incredibly life-changing,” he told Sounds Like Nashville. It’s painted with intense imagery, and it’s the type of song to stop you in your tracks.

 

“Fine Line”, Harry Styles (Fine Line)

It’s hard to put into words the brilliant, yet simple song that is Fine Line, the closer on Harry Styles’ latest chart-topping LP. Tyler co-wrote and produced the song, and he did it flawlessly. Lyrically, it reads like a folk song. “We’ll be a fine line/We’ll be alright,” is repeated throughout the choruses, with verses of more intricate poetry throughout. It’s about how in life, one will never be 100% happy or 100% sad. We’ll walk the line between all those emotions, and it’s okay to feel. The bridge is absolutely epic as it builds up to a swell of trumpets, crashing drums, and an orchestral arrangement. It’s beautiful lyrically, but Tyler Johnson’s vision as a producer, sonically, speaks volumes on this song. It’s more than a song – it’s an experience.

To keep up with Tyler Johnson, you can find him on Instagram here.

To listen to some of Tyler Johnson’s discography, you can find the playlist here.

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NYCS First Impression: Brett Eldredge ‘Sunday Drive’

Brett Eldredge Sunday Drive

 

“Why do I, always try, to run away from you?” Brett Eldredge asked on his 2017 self-titled album. At the time, the closer, “Castaway” was the most vulnerable he had ever gotten with fans. On his latest release Sunday Drive, out today, July 10th, Eldredge has stopped running from himself and embraced everything he used to shy away from. Lyrically, sonically and personally, this is Eldredge’s bravest piece of work.

The opener is the overwhelmingly joyous “Where The Heart Is”, co-written by Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Tyler Johnson. The acoustic guitar is folksy and the soaring strings and harmonies add an extra layer of depth. “Where’d you lose your sense of wonder? / The firework goin’ off in your head / ’Cause there was a time we weren’t thinkin’, we were flyin’ / We were alive / I wanna feel alive.” Next is “The One You Need” which follows the same energy. It’s in the same vein as “Love Is A Wild Thing” by Kacey Musgraves – it’s ethereal in its sound and lyrically, about finding a love you can trust.

Eldredge collaborated with Ian Fichituk and Daniel Tashian, who are responsible for projects like Musgraves’ Golden Hour, Little Big Town’s Nightfall, and their band, Skyline Motel’s After Dark. “I couldn’t imagine having created this album with anyone other than Ian and Daniel, who are both incredible and so musically inclined,” Eldredge stated in a press release. “I’ve always wanted to have more space for my voice, not only vocally but also lyrically, and they provided a way for me to do that with this beautiful music. Collaborating with them helped take this album to wonderfully different places, introducing me to a unique sound that is unlike any of my other records.”

Songs like “Fall For Me” and “Then You Do” are two of the more starry-eyed, poppy vibes on the project, while tracks like “Magnolia”, “When I Die”, and “Fix a Heart” lean on the Americana/Triple A-side. Eldredge’s love of indie-pop, traditional country, and swing jazz are sprinkled in each song differently. Sometimes it’s through a slide guitar or a brush drum, or through the storytelling and powerful vocal delivery. No matter the track, everything remains cohesive.

“I knew I had to do things differently this time, so I threw caution to the wind and got away from all that I was comfortable with in order to go deeper,” Eldredge said. “I didn’t even listen to the radio for a year because I didn’t want to know what music somebody else was making. Not because I don’t care, but because I had to figure out what I needed to say for myself. By making sure I wasn’t being influenced by anything other than what my heart was saying, I was able to write what I wanted to, which was important. Recording this album ended up being the most powerful thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

“Sunday Drive”, the title track and the only song that Eldredge didn’t have a hand in writing, and closer “Paris, Illinois”, are beautifully cinematic and atmospheric. Eldredge’s love of the blue-eyed soul is at it’s most prominent, and you can hear the emotion in his voice telling the story. “And that’s where I learned it all, from them / To fight, to love, to laugh again / Man, I thought we were only wasting time / Out on a Sunday drive”. Eldredge grew up in a map-dot town, but it doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you are; these stories are universal, and a reminder of how much we share in common. “Paris, Illinois”, is truly a musical moment. The minute-long outro feels like the end of an old-school black-and-white movie, where there’s a convertible going down the road in slow motion. It’s as if the credits are rolling, and you can take in the whole picture that is Sunday Drive. It’s reflective and classic, which is exactly what the album is.

“You have to give yourself permission to do anything in life, to be brave a little bit,” Eldredge explained. “I got to a certain point where I felt like I wasn’t giving enough of myself and it took a lot of self-awareness to finally realize that if I do have more in me, then I’ve got to step up and take that step off the edge.”

Eldredge did more than just take that step off the edge. He opened his heart, jumped, and took a chance that resulted in this timeless album. In 50 years, when people talk about Brett Eldredge, this is the record they’ll remember. It’s not about radio airplay or hit chasing. It’s about taking the long way down a road until you know where you’re going. He held on to these messages and songs for a long time, and it may have taken 7 years and a few detours, but Brett Eldredge has finally arrived.

 

SUNDAY DRIVE TRACKLIST

1. Where the Heart Is – Brett Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillon, Tyler Johnson
2. The One You Need – Brett Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillon, Matt Rogers
3. Magnolia – Brett Eldredge, Scooter Carusoe
4. Crowd My Mind – Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman
5. Good Day – Brett Eldredge, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk
6. Fall For Me – Brett Eldredge, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk
7. Sunday Drive – Barry Dean, Don Mescall, Steve Robson
8. When I Die – Brett Eldredge, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk
9. Gabrielle – Brett Eldredge, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk
10. Fix A Heart – Brett Eldredge, Scooter Carusoe
11. Then You Do – Brett Eldredge, Scooter Carusoe
12. Paris Illinois – Brett Eldredge, Daniel Tashian, Ian Fitchuk

 

NYCS Staff Picks:
Where The Heart Is
Sunday Drive
Then You Do
The One You Need
Fall For Me

 

To keep up with Brett Eldredge, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

‘Sunday Drive’ 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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Brett Eldredge Tells Emotional Story with “Sunday Drive”

Brett Eldredge Sunday Drive

When a song moves you in a way that it feels like it’s telling your story, it’s one of the most special feelings. It’s a reminder of how big the world is, and yet, how small it is — that we feel the same things and share so many similar chapters. Brett Eldredge’s new LP Sunday Drive is out July 10th, and today he shared the title track with fans two weeks early.

“Sunday Drive” is not the typical modern country cut.  Clocking in just shy of 5 minutes, it’s is a gorgeous and evocative piano-and-strings song about looking back on your childhood and learning how to see life from your parent’s point of view. You listen to their favorite music, look at the scenery, and hear their thoughtful conversations. “And we were only young but they were trying hard to reach us/How was I to know that there was something so worth keeping?” The roles reverse as both Eldredge and his parents get older. Eldredge helps them to the backseat and takes his parents on that same drive they went on as a family all those years ago. “And I listened as they reminisced,” he sings on the third verse. “About a world that they had always known/And how it’s changing/Probably never gonna be the same again”.

Eldredge didn’t write the song; it was written by Barry Dean, Don Mescall, and Steve Robson. “Many years ago, I was an intern at universal music publishing where I worked in the basement tape room transferring CDs into MP3s,” Eldredge explained in a press release. “I loved listening to all of the incredible songwriters’ songs and was always blown away by what people could create from their soul. One day I stumbled upon this song called “Sunday Drive,” and I was stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t believe a song could be written by someone else but feel like every word and melody was every part of my life existence. I secretly/selfishly hoped and prayed no one would record it so that one day when the time was right, I could record it and make it something extremely special.”

When you’re a kid growing up, all you can hope for is to be just like your parents. Or maybe it’s the complete opposite; you want to learn so you don’t make their same mistakes. You want to be the best version of yourself and make them proud. Sometimes, it may feel like you don’t need your family as much as you used to. But as Eldredge says, “…that’s where I learned it all, from them/To fight, to love, to laugh again/Man, I thought we were only wasting time/Out on a Sunday drive”.

To keep up with Brett Eldredge, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

‘Sunday Drive’ 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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Mental Health Awareness Month Within the Country Music Community

Brett Eldredge Mental Health Awareness

Photo Via @BrettEldredge on Instagram

As the month of May comes to an end that means that Mental Health Awareness month is too. Despite the month coming to a close, discussion about mental health should take place every month and every day. According to Time, 18% of the world’s population, and 40% of Americans suffer from anxiety, and at least 16.2 million Americans suffer from depression. It’s one of the more taboo topics of conversation, yet one of the most universal struggles we as people face. The country music community has a reputation for staying silent on touchy subjects ranging from politics to racial and gender equity to mental health, citing that their music is the only opinion that should be in the mix. However, as the years have gone on, more country artists have been forthcoming with their struggles.

 

Brett Eldredge is one of the most vocal advocates for mental health within the genre. “As a kid, I would kind of have a panic attack, but I didn’t even know what that was,” he told Dan Harris who hosts the podcast 10% Happier back in 2018. “[I remember times] in college… I’d just [wonder] ‘Is something wrong with me?” Eldredge has reflected on these experiences in songs like “Castaway”, singing “I tried to fly but I ran out of sky/And I fell straight down into the ocean”. He also explores the theme of being so consumed by “a world that’s gone cold,” in new song “Where The Heart Is”, asking “What in the world, what in the world/Are we all doin’ here?/What do we see, what do we see/When we look in the mirror?” Eldredge has always been introspective in his lyrics, but as his career has progressed, he’s been even more open. “I’m always looking for somebody else that’s experiencing the same thing as me. It’s because you feel like you’re all alone,” he told Harris.

Eldredge has continued to use his platform for good. This past Saturday, he announced he was running a half-marathon to support Mental Health America. He told his fans that if they donated any money at all to his campaign, he would match every donation. Together, his fans raised $18,314, and together they raised $36,628. “I’m doing this for everybody that feels alone and [has struggled with] mental health and anxiety,” he said in a video. “People just hide it.”

Kelsea Ballerini is another artist who has been very open about her struggles with feeling like she wasn’t good enough or living up to her expectations. “Why am I so anxious all the time? Why all of a sudden am I the most insecure person that I know?” she told The Washington Post. She explores this in songs like “homecoming queen?” and “la”, and on the latter, sings “I ask myself, is it feeding my soul or my anxieties?” This lyric is perhaps her most important and memorable because it’s a simple reminder to check in with yourself when you’re feeling a little off.

Mickey Guyton is an artist who has been fighting countless battles, anything from getting more women on country radio, standing up for people of color and people in the LGBTQ+ community, and most recently, the despicable murders of innocent people like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and sadly, countless of other black people. Guyton, a woman of color herself, shared on Twitter, “I know we all suffer from anxiety in some form or another but imagine the anxiety black men must feel on a daily basis for just existing. Just let that sink in for a moment.” In songs like “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” she sings about the anxiety and difficulty of being a woman in society. “What are you gonna tell her? / When she figures out / That all this time you built her up just so the world could let her down?” The song is a plea for women and people everywhere struggling with not being heard.

A lot is going on in the world right now, and it is important more than ever to be on top of your mental health. It feels like a lot when you turn on the TV or check the news, but it is critical to stay informed and stay safe, whatever that means for you. NY Country Swag curated a playlist to help manage your anxiety, and so you know that you are not alone. Not now, and not ever.

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Brett Eldredge Surprises Fans With Three Brand New Songs

Brett Eldredge

It’s been almost three years since Brett Eldredge released his self-titled LP. On his 2017 project, he sang about his relationship with his brother, love gone wrong, and anxiety getting the best of him. It was his most vulnerable collection of work yet. That is, until now. After his album cycle was over, he took some time to find himself. After a lot of soul searching and traveling around the world, Eldredge ended up back home in Chicago, IL, where his fifth LP Sunday Drive (out July 10th) was born. Today, April 17th, three tracks off the album became available for fans everywhere.

The lead single is the nostalgic, wistful, poppy piano-driven “Gabrielle”. It’s the track most similar to his previous work. Written by Eldredge, Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, it talks about a lost love that you still can’t shake from your memory. “[The relationship] could’ve ended up being something amazing and you wonder what they’re doing in life right now,” Eldredge said in a press release. On a song like “Crowd My Mind”, co-written with Ross Copperman, you hear a new-found detail and personality in the lyrics. “So broke, you could see through me/Wouldn’t know me if you knew me/Been eight months since November/But you’re all I can remember,” he sings heartily on the second verse. There’s a clear influence of Frank Sinatra on both songs, and there’s something about the new music that sounds somewhat reminiscent of Glen Campbell and Kenny Rogers, with the big choruses and storytelling verses.

“I think you have to give yourself permission to do anything in life, to be brave a little bit,” Eldredge says. “I got to a certain point where I was doing something in repetition and it was all really good… but I felt like I wasn’t giving enough of myself. It took a lot of self-awareness to finally realize that if I do really have a lot more in me, then I’ve got to step up and I’ve got to take that step off the edge. And I think enough time of doing it the same way made me realize it’s time to do it big.”

The self-reflection that Eldredge is describing pours throughout each song, most notably on Track 1 of Sunday Drive. “Where the Heart Is”, written by Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Tyler Johnson is a mid-tempo singer/songwriter cut about finding the heart of life and the heart inside all of us. “Where’d you lose your sense of wonder? / The firework goin’ off in your head / ’Cause there was a time we weren’t thinkin’, we were flyin’ / We were alive / I wanna feel alive.” It’s the type of song one sinks into, it’s so honest. There is something cathartic about the more-true-than-ever words, Eldredge’s soaring voice and Tashian and Fitchuk’s driving production.

Eldredge’s new sound is a lot more singer-songwriter and rootsy, in partial to his soul-searching and his pairing with Tashian and Fitchuk, who are responsible for Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and Little Big Town’s Nightfall. Together, the three created a sound that is the perfect mix of mainstream country and triple-a singer/songwriter. Lyrically and sonically, this is Eldredge at his best.

If this is the record that Brett Eldredge hopes to find himself on, then so far he is succeeding. If these three songs seem to be an indication of what the remaining project is like, fans are in for an authentic ride through his life. Eldredge wants to feel alive: and this era has him more alive and more himself than ever.

To keep up with Brett Eldredge, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Sunday Drive, due July 10th, is available for pre-order here.

“Gabrielle”, “Crowd My Mind” and “Where the Heart Is” are 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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If You Like Maggie Rogers, Then You’ll Love…

 

NYU alumni and indie-folk star Maggie Rogers has taken the music industry by a storm, garnering fans across many different genres. A lot of the elements of what makes her such a special artist is what makes a lot of country artists special.

What fans love most about her music is the high energy, and how timeless her stories are. That’s country music. If you like Maggie Rogers but aren’t too familiar with the country genre, NYCS has some recommendations for you!

 

Kacey Musgraves

There’s a reason Kacey Musgraves asked Maggie Rogers to open for her in Nashville! Musgraves is a poignant songwriter, much like Rogers, and both have a way of engaging fans with their words, voices, and their way of speaking up for what matters to them. Both artists’ have dreamy qualities to their music that makes it infectious; her whole catalog is amazing, but new fans should check out “Miserable” off Pageant Material and “Slow Burn” off Golden Hour.

To keep up with Kacey Musgraves, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

Kassi Ashton

Kassi Ashton is one of Nashville’s brightest new stars, and for good reason. She is a sharp writer with an even more captivating voice, and she leans on the more pop/r&b side of country, making her a perfect gateway artist for fans of other genres. Not only is she an amazing musician, but she designs her own clothes and wears them whenever she is on stage. She is unique and bold, just like Rogers. New fans should listen to her emotional “Pretty Shiny Things” and her current single “Hopeless”.

To keep up with Kassi Ashton, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

Brett Eldredge

When Brett Eldredge first appeared on the music scene, he established himself as a powerhouse male vocalist and as someone who knew how to let loose. Three albums later, he’s proved that he is also able to release vulnerable music. All of his songs are cathartic and intense in the best way possible, which are two important qualities that much of Rogers’ catalog has. Listen to “No Stopping You” and “Cycles”, two songs that deliver in both vocal performance and storytelling.

To keep up with Brett Eldredge, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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