Lots of new songs and new artists to get stuck into this week!!
First up is Lauren Alaina. Here new album drops Friday January 27th and is going to be one of the year’s big sellers I think. ‘Queen of Hearts’ is the newest one from it and fans of Carrie Underwood will find this right up their street.
Track 2 is Trent Harmon’s first single, ‘There’s a Girl’. His prize for winning American Idol in 2016 was a recording contract with Big Machine Records so his immediate output was always going to have a Country flavour. Label head, Scott Borchetta, has said the forthcoming debut will be the type of Country album that Justin Timberlake would like to make some needs to be careful that Country fans aren’t alienated by the indie/RnB influences and the mainstream fans can’t access his music because of the Country feel. ‘There’s a Girl’ works well and is a great song, so lets hope he manages to strike that delicate balance between contrasting worlds.
Track 3 is the simply outstanding ‘Ghost Town’ from Sam Outlaw. I took this from his bio : “Outlaw is a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, absorbing the classic vibes of everything from ’60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ’70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop and refashioning them into a sound that’s pleasurably past, present and future tense.” Couldn’t describe him any better. A frequent visitor to these shores, Outlaw will appeal to fans of slightly left of mainstream Country or the more traditional sound.
Next is Aubrie Sellers, who is the daughter of Lee Ann Womack. released her debut album ‘New City Blues’ last year. She has gained a name for herself and her brand of ‘Garage Country’ on the live circuit and was named ‘One to Watch’ by Rolling Stone Magazine last year.
Track 5 is ‘Foolish’ by Claydon Connor. The first UK artist to appear in out playlist this week, Claydon is based on the Isle of Wight. He has been around the music scene for a few years, even playing the C2C Festival back in 2015.His mix of pop, soul and Country is quite refreshingly original and 2017 could be a big year for him.
Up next is ‘After the New Wears Off’ by Nikki Briar. Briar is another artist who has been around for a few years now, supporting the likes of Tim McGraw, Granger Smith and Billy Currington. She has released a number of EP’s and is currently about a couple of weeks away from giving birth to her first child, so a busy 2017 looms for her!
Track 7 is Southern Halo with their new single ‘Living Like That’. One of our featured artists you can expect an interview with them in the next week to ten days. Three talented sisters who sing and play their own instruments, they have made a link up with Radio Disney and their reality TV style episodes can be found on YouTube.
JoSmith and her ‘Queen of Fools’ track is next. A new Nashville based artist signed to the publishing company owned by Shane McAnally. McAnally co-wrote this song, a blend of Country/Pop and Motown. A name to watch for the future, her four track EP can be found on Spotify and, similar to many artists on our list this week, 2017 is going to be a very important year for her.
Penultimate track is ‘She Got the Best of Me’ by Luke Combs. Combs was named this week as one of the ‘Ones to Watch for 2017’ by influential American DJ Bobby Bones. Combs has three EP’s on Spotify and I actually prefer his earlier recordings which have a slightly more commercial feel to them, with each release he seems to be moving more towards the gruffer, Brantley Gilbert side of things. This track is my favourite from his EP released in November.
Final track is by Caitlin Koch, a former contestant of the inaugural series of the American X Factor in 2011. She made the move to Nashville after forsaking the pop world of synth programming although there isn’t a lot of stuff out there of hers as yet. A March UK tour looks like it has a C2C sized gap in its scheduling so that could be a great opportunity to check out this up and coming artist.
Here’s the Playlist: