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Ryan Hurd: ‘Pelago’ – Album Review

Ryan Hurd’s long-awaited debut album, Pelago is out now, October 15th on all streaming platforms. Featuring eleven new songs, including “Chasing After You” with Maren Morris, check out our full review and listen to the brand new music below.

After making a name for himself as one of Nashville’s hottest songwriters, with #1 hits for Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Lady A and more, Ryan Hurd branched out as an artist of his own. And we’re oh-so-glad he did.

After a string of EPs and songwriting #1s, the rising superstar released his debut full-length album today (October 15) with Arista Nashville, Pelago. Inspired by growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, the album was produced by Hurd’s childhood friend Aaron Eshuis, with assistance from Jesse Frasure and Teddy Reimer.

Having co-written ten of the album’s eleven tracks, Pelago truly continues Hurd’s introduction as both a brilliant songwriter and an incredibly talented artist. This is evidenced throughout the album, as he artfully weaves clever lyrics with catchy melodies that paint brilliant pictures, break your heart, or make you want to dance.

The album opens with the anthemic “Pass It On,” a bright and beachy invitation to listeners to share whatever it is that’s good in their life. It’s the kind of song that immediately turns a day around or a frown upside down, making it the perfect song to introduce the album. “What good is your dollar or your love or your bottle // If you keep it all to yourself // There’s enough to go around // So send it on down,” Hurd sings. “‘Cause you can’t take it with you when you’re gone // So pass it on, pass it on, pass it on.”

While it may seem out of place for a kid from Michigan to embrace the beachy musical tones that are often heard from the likes of Jake Owen or Kenny Chesney (name dropped on this album), those themes come just as natural to Hurd, and are absolutely authentic. Tracks like “Coast,” “June,  July, August,” and “Palm Trees in Ohio” continue that homage to the coastal life on the shores of Lake Michigan that filled Hurd’s childhood.

While the album is truly filled with standout tracks, one such highlight is “Palm Trees in Ohio.” The love song puts a unique spin on the idea of loving someone forever, putting Palm trees in Ohio up there with pigs flying and hell freezing. “‘Til there’s palm trees in Ohio // No traffic in LA // No snow in Colorado // No cold beer on a Saturday,” Hurd proclaims. “When the Great Lakes run out of water // When the sky stops turning blue // That’s when I // That’s when I // That’s when I’m gonna stop loving you.”

While Hurd shines on the tropical-tinted up-tempos, he’s just as convincing on the slower tracks, including the sultry duet “Chasing After You” with his wife, Maren Morris. “What Are You Drinking” and “The Knife or the Hatchet” are other album highlights. On the former, a moody piano ballad, Hurd wonders what an ex is drinking, curious if she’s celebrating with champagne or drowning her sorrows in a glass of something stronger. 

Likewise, “The Knife or the Hatchet” is a shining moment of the album, finding Hurd stuck in relationship limbo, unsure if his heart should stay or go. “Anything’s better than you and me living in the in-between,” He croons, his voice breaking with emotion. “So all I ask is// Twist the knife// Or bury the hatchet.”

Meanwhile, on “If I Had Two Hearts,” Hurd is admitting defeat and wondering how to move on after a relationship ends. The guy is broken and wishing for another heart to heal from its brokenness. “If I had two hearts // One wouldn’t be broken // If I had two hearts,” He admits.One would still be mine // On my sleeve out in the open // Knowing someday I’d be fine // But if I had one more to give you baby // I know what’s I’d do // Oh-oh-oh // Oh-oh-oh // I’d let you break that one too.”

For Ryan Hurd, each song on Pelago is a story in itself. “Writing’s my vocation, and I enjoy the people I work with,” says the singer-songwriter in a recent statement. “I’ve learned there are a lot of ways to do this. But then there’s the personal. As I move through life, every experience, every person, every story could be a song.”

While it would be easy for Ryan Hurd to make a living as a writer, evidenced by his ever-growing and impressive body of work, he’s even more magical as an artist. These songs and stories are uniquely his, making Pelago a personal and powerful debut album.

Pelago Track List:

  1. Pass It On
  2. Coast
  3. Chasing After You (with Maren Morris)
  4. June, July, August
  5. Palm Trees in Ohio
  6. If I Had Two Hearts
  7. Tab with My Name on It
  8. What Are You Drinking
  9. Hell Is an Island
  10. The Knife or the Hatchet
  11. I Never Said I’m Sorry

Our  Picks:

  1. Palm Trees in Ohio
  2. If I Had Two Hearts
  3. The Knife or the Hatchet
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Ryan Hurd’s debut album ‘Pelago’ is officially out now. 

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

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Pelago 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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Ryan Hurd Reveals Debut Album + Drops New Song “June, July, August”

Ryan Hurd surprised fans with news of a forthcoming debut album titled Pelago, due out October 15th. In addition, Hurd released a brand new song, “June, July, August”, available everywhere today, August 27th. Take a look below as we dig into the track.

“June, July, August” marks the second release of the summer from Hurd, following the release of “Coast” last month. Meanwhile, his song with wife Maren Morris,  “Chasing After You”, continues to climb the charts since its release this past February.

Despite having a large selection of songs, Hurd has still yet to put out a full-length album. Now, fans can rejoice knowing a full project is on the way. Hurd does, however, have a handful of EP’s including Panorama, Platonic, which features his hit single “To A T”, and EOM, named after his single Every Other Memory, which highlights a handful of songs that Hurd has co-written for other artists. This includes Morgan Wallen and Diplo’s “Heartless”, Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”, Rascal Flatts’s “Payback” and Lady A’s “What If I Never Get Over You”. EOM was a unique project that got to show fans who may not have known that Hurd was and always will be a songwriter first, and artist second. Hurd is a co-writer of a few other songs climbing the charts right now including Lady A’s “What A Song Can Do” and Luke Bryan’s “Waves”.

Hurd’s artistry stays consistent throughout each song he releases and that he is a part of. His style of songwriting is so unique to him that while he plays a part in so many other songs that you hear in country music, the songs that he chooses to keep for himself feel as though he is the only one that could have released them.

Much like “June, July, August”, which is a textbook Ryan Hurd song from its sound to its lyrics and simply its overall vibe. It’s a song about young love that felt like the real thing and not just another fling, even though it only lasted those three months. It’s about the feeling of wishing you could keep doing that summer over and over again before the day came that it all ended.

“There’s one sunrise I wish never came, 6 a.m. August 28th // It looked like heaven, but I’d turn it back to the 27th // When we were young and drunk by the water // Felt that sunburn love getting hotter // And that feeling never faded like the tan lines on your skin // I’d do June, July, and August, a thousand times again”

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

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“June, July, August” 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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Ryan Hurd Releases Brand New Dreamy Single “Coast”

Ryan Hurd’s new song “Coast” is available now, July 30th on all streaming platforms. Listen and learn more about the track below.

Ryan Hurd has clearly been soaking up life with his wife Maren Morris and their beautiful baby son. Hurd collaborated earlier this year with Morris on their highly-anticipated duet “Chasing After You.” Today the singer released his first solo track of 2021 that seems to draw inspiration from his incredible relationship. His new single “Coast” is officially out now.

Hurd is a creator that is all about his artistry. Despite the direction country music might be sounding like now or the direction fans are gravitating towards, the singer always manages to release songs that are captivating, special, and distinctively his own. His new song “Coast” fits the bill. The song is dreamy and romantic with imagery that almost immediately clouds your brain as the listener.

“We can slow dance in the full moon // Sleep in this cabana if you want to // Red, red, wine, baby I just want you // and I don’t need nothing as long as I got you // Lay down on the west one, under the red sun // You and the sand getting hotter // Make our own palazzo // Michigan, Chicago // Dip our toes in the water // One wave at a time”

“Coast” is both lyrically and sonically enticing. Throughout the track, Hurd name-drops other great songs, such as Bob Marley’s “Red, Red Wine” and “No Woman, No Cry,” as well as other songs. The songwriting is prolific, just like anything Hurd plays a role in crafting.  Ryan Hurd’s new single “Coast” is definitely worth a listen!

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Ryan Hurd’s new song, “Coast” is out now, July 30th

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

To keep up with Ryan Hurd, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Coast” 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.

Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris Release Highly Anticipated, “Chasing After You”

For Ryan Hurd’s newest release “Chasing After You”, he is joined by his wife Maren Morris, marking the couple’s first-ever duet together, with fingers crossed that it is not the last.  The piece was written by Brinley Addington and Jerry Flowers, and is available everywhere today, February 12th. The two also teased a music video on their socials, which is set to release today, 2/12 at 12PM ET.

Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris are Nashville’s modern fairytale. From their ‘meet-cute’ as young songwriters to their musical successes both separately and together, to tying the knot and becoming new parents to a beautiful baby boy, their exciting love story continues to keep us on our toes, never failing to capture the attention of their fans. If you want a better idea of what exactly we’re talking about, might we suggest Morris’s music video for “The Bones” or Hurd’s music video for  “To A T” or “Diamonds or Twine”, a song Hurd wrote for Morris as a wedding gift, as the perfect visual aids. The two got married on March 24th, 2018, and two years later, just one day shy of their second wedding anniversary, they welcomed their son, Hayes Andrew to the world.

From songwriters to headliners, from friends to life partners, the two have literally been writing together since the day they met. They had been paired up in a writing session back in 2013, the very one where they wrote “Last Turn Home”… later picked up and recorded by Tim McGraw. Since then, they have written for each other and sang vocals on each other’s records on numerous occasions. Now, they have finally given fans what they have been begging for, and released their first duet together, “Chasing After You”, available today, February 12th. We hope this is the first of many collaborations from this couple seeing that no two voices have ever fit together more perfectly.

On the experience of finally being able to record a formal duet together, Hurd says, “Maren and I met writing songs and we’ve sung on each other’s records and written together, but this is the first time we’ve gotten to do an actual duet together. It feels like the timing is really perfect and it’s a full-circle moment to make music together in this way”.

With an already successful career as a songwriter under his belt, Hurd jump-started his career as a recording artist when he released his debut single “Love in a Bar”, the story of how he and Morris went from two friends who wrote songs together, to people very much in love. “Love in a Bar” was included on Hurd’s self-titled, four-track debut EP (2017). In July of 2019, Hurd released another four-track EP titled Panorama which included songs such as “Good as You Think I Am”, which he and Morris co-wrote together, and “I’ll be the Moon”, which Hurd co-wrote and Dierks Bently then recorded with Morris. That same year, Hurd released his hit single “To A T ”, which Morris sang vocals on, as well as “Her Name Was Summer”. “To A T” was included on his 5-track and second EP of 2019 Platonic, released in September of 2019. Most recently, in April of 2020, Hurd released his 7-track EP EOM, named after the title-track “Every Other Memory”, another song you can hear Morris harmonizing on. The EOM EP provided  Hurd with the opportunity to put his own style on songs he had co-written for other artists, including Morgan Wallen’s “Heartless”, Luke Bryan’s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”, Rascal Flatts’s “Payback”, and Lady A’s “What If I Never Get Over you”. Hurd also co-wrote hit songs “Lonely Tonight” (Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe) and “You Look Good” (Lady A).

As for Morris, she stayed quite busy throughout 2020. After becoming a mom in March, she released two new songs, “Just For Now” and “Takes Two”, in June, followed by “Better Than We Found It”, a pre-election song with a powerful message about our nation’s socio-political climate and our duty to leave this world better than we found it. Most recently, Morris released her current single with JP Saxe, a song written by two songwriters, for their fellow songwriting significant others called “Line By Line”. In 2019, Morris released her sophomore album, GIRL, and started the all-female group, The Highwomen, who released their self-titled debut album together. 

After successfully elevating their individual careers over the last few years, the couple finally merged their talent creating a highly anticipated collaboration that does not disappoint. Take a look below as we unpack the lyrics that compose “Chasing After You”.

Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris' new song “Chasing After You” is available everywhere now, February 12th

Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris’ new song “Chasing After You” is available everywhere now, February 12th

“Chasing After You” is a story about two people who continuously give in to temptation when it comes to each other. They revolve within the same cycle over and over, trying to break things off, but somehow always managing to make their way back to one another. Neither is strong enough to say no, even when they believe that’s what they want. Each time they forget where this road leads and they keep coming back, as the other one keeps welcoming them. 

You come over when your wine’s all gone / Always catch me when I’m not that strong / Then you wind up staying all night long / Ain’t nothin’ new / Then I wake up with you on my chest / You got a way of making me forget / Girl, with you the answers always yes / Every time you call

Here, they seem to reach a point where they’ve accepted just how unbreakable this cycle truly is. They’re always going to love chasing after one another.

But I know, yeah I know it’s a matter of time / Til you walk, til you walk back out of my life / Leave me standing here lonely feeling like a fool / Every time, every time you say we’re done / You come back to the love you were running from / Don’t know why, don’t know why I let you, but I do / Guess I love chasing after you

Before the pandemic hit, Hurd was headlining The Platonic Tour with Niko Moon which made a two-night run in early March in NYC. Although they didn’t know it at the time, this would end up being some of the final shows the pandemic would allow for the tour. As for Morris, she was set to play The RSVP Tour in 2020, however she has since had to cancel this entirely, patiently awaiting a time when she can safely take the stage once again.

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

To keep up with Ryan Hurd, follow him on  Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

To keep up with Maren Morris, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Chasing After 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.

New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/24/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Blake Shelton ft. Gwen Stefani, HARDY, Noah Schnacky, Levi Hummon, Tim McGraw, Caylee Hammack & Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton, Lindsay Ell and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/17/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from CAM, LANCO, A Thousand Horses, The Chicks  and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/10/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Brett Eldredge, Avenue Beat, Lakeview, Lauren Davidson, Brinley Addington, Ross Ellis, Laine Hardy, Drew Green and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 7/3/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Mitchell Tenpenny, Old Dominion, Chris Young, Ingrid Andress, RaeLynn, Jaden Hamilton, Josh Kerr and more!

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 6/26/20

New Music Friday! This week we get new music from Tenille Townes, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Hurd, Teddy Robb, Cassadee Pope, Robert Counts and more!

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Ryan Hurd Drops Nostalgia Filled Track, “Every Other Memory”

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Although happily married, celebrating the recent birth of his son, Ryan Hurd is one of the best at emoting on a breakup track. Released today, “Every Other Memory” celebrates the vivid pictures one holds on to after a meaningful relationship has come to an end.

“‘Every Other Memory’ just feels like such a nostalgic track,” said Hurd in a recent press release. “It’s so cool because it feels like each line in the song is almost like an emoji. It’s a feeling and it’s a picture that you can just really grab onto. The way the words came out, it just felt like each picture was really amazing.”

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The midtempo jam starts off with specific recollections of the first love feelings, where certain smells or songs bright you right back to that moment. Hurd co-wrote “Every Other Memory” with Nathan Spicer and Cole Taylor and throughout the song, there are incredible displays of clever wordplay and imagery such as “…and even though it’s over, you’re still playing hard to forget” and “Every other memory is you and me, wrapped up in the summer, there will never be another”.

Hurd’s delivery only adds to the nostalgia, his voice infuses the struggle of getting over someone. “Every Other Memory” is the first taste of new music from the singer-songwriter since his Platonic EP which was released late last year.

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“Every Other Memory” is now available everywhere you stream or buy music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist.

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