Your Hottest Country Playlist: January 22nd


Well, we hope you found someone to explore further in our 15 track playlist last week. We are back to normal this week with tracks from established artists and new ones alike.


First up on the playlist for you this week is Mitchell Tenpenny  with his controversial song, ‘Bitches’. Slightly more Country in sound than Walker Hayes but definitely in that area of the Venn diagram it is his lyrics in the song that are causing offensive ripples within some sections of the genre. We’ve put it on the playlist so you can decide for yourself.

Next is the new song, ‘American Scandal’ from Ashley McBryde who has a big few months ahead of her, first appearing on these shores for the first time at the C2C Festival and then later in the month when her debut album is released. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song and are seeing nothing but stars in Ashley’s future.

And talking of stars we have the new song, ‘Woman, Amen’ next from Dierks Bentley Returning from his ‘Black’ phase with something a little more uplifting this is an excellent look at forthcoming new album, ‘The Mountain’, which promises to be an excellent merging of his ‘Up on the Ridge’ sound with his more modern work.

The next two artists are representing our own fair country this week. Gasoline & Matches and Jade Bird are both acts going places. The latter has caught the eye of the BBC with her earthy pop/country songs and the former released their very excellent ‘Little Big Town’ tinged debut single ‘Fools Gold’ only last week.

Keith ’58 date World Tour’ but no UK dates’ Urban is up next with his excellent new song, ‘Parallel Line’. Another sensitive ballad, we still love the man even if he remains one of the last few big Country stars not to have visited our shores during this resurgence in the genre in the last 5 years. 2005 was the last time he came (we were there, in a small club in Birmingham!!) – let’s hope he bows to pressure soon and comes to play for us again!

We have two young male singers towards the back end of the playlist that are making friends across Nashville right now. Morgan Wallen, who we interviewed for Lyric last year, has released his new song, ‘Not Good at Not’ and Brandon Ray is on the list too, an artist recently named as one of influential radio DJ, Bobby Bones’ ‘Class of 2018’. Definitely worth checking out if you are fans of Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell etc.

Two artists round off our playlist in style. Olivia Lane is on with her very sassy, Carrie-Underwood influenced ‘Devil and You’ and Delta Rae appear with our favourite song of theirs, ‘Bethlehem Steel’, a joyous, uplifting romp of a song. The band have been around for a while now and a definitely benefiting from the resurgence of interest in roots music. UK fans of theirs are definitely advised to keep a beady eye out over the next couple of weeks on when we may well be able to see them over on these shores again.


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