At the beginning of last year, we named rising country star, Brandon Lay an NYCS Artist to Watch for his enticing debut single “Speakers, Bleachers & Preachers” and his promising music career. Flash forward to 2019, Lay has performed hundreds of shows as an opener for Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett. Additionally, he was named ‘Vevo’s 2019 DSCVR Artist to Watch” for 2019, representing all country music as the only country artist chosen.
Now, Lay is back with an Amazon Music exclusive cover of Trisha Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe.” The Trisha Yearwood classic is a song that resonates across the country music genre to artists and fans alike. Lay recognizes it as an honor to sing such a heartbreakingly beautiful and esteemed track by a legendary country artist. He shared on his Twitter, “I’m lucky to have been exposed to great music in an era where females dominated. I think “Walkaway Joe” is a reminder of that prime era. I was humbled to put my spin on it knowing no one could ever beat Trisha’s.”
It is great to see a male country artist support women in the industry. Lay’s rendition is laid back, heartfelt, and features his slight twang effortlessly. The country crooner puts his own spin on the classic, while still keeping with the integrity of the track. We look forward to seeing what Lay has up his sleeve next, as he is slated to deliver more music this year.
Catch the singer at Taste of Country Music Festival at New York’s Hunter Mountain June, where New York Country Swag will also set-up shop for the third year, so make sure to stop by! Additionally, Lay will be playing at other festivals over the summer, including Wisconsin’s Country Thunder and Canada’s Boots and Hearts Music Festival. For tickets and more information, head to brandonlay.com.
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