Your Hottest Country Playlist: July 10th


Some great new songs, from established and from newer artists, around this week.

First up on the playlist is the new single from Hunter Hayes, always a favourite here at Lyric Towers. ‘Rescue’ is a worthy addition to his catalogue being a moody, mid-tempo melodic song that sounds fresh, but typically Hunter Hayes-esque at the same time.

Track 2 is ‘Life’s Too Short’ the new song from Darius Rucker. We’ve got one word to say about this and that is ANTHEM. This is your song of summer 2017 – one long chorus from beginning to end, with Darius’ honeyed vocals in pure party mode, love it.

Another song we love is ‘I’m Not Going Home’, the new song from Jess and the Bandits. Our interview with Jess went up online last Thursday in case you missed it. This is a barnstormer of a song and a slightly new direction for the band, incorporating elements of Gospel music into their sound. We’ve heard the album (Smoke and Mirrors) which is due for a September release and it’s HUUUUUUGGGE. A must listen / must buy one for the Autumn.

Track four is ‘Too Country for You’ by UK singer Darcy. His ‘Hooked’ EP is a game changer for the UK scene, being one of the first English artists fully embracing an American sound rather than sounding like a variant of folk music, like a lot of UK Country does. ‘Too Country For You’ could be a Jason Aldean song, it’s full of attitude and energy and we hope you come to like it as much as we do.

‘Chanel & Cigarettes’ is the new single from UK singer Hannah Rose Platt. A dignified and classy piece of work from a singer with a big future. A tale about a rainy night, a crowded bar and a cheating husband – how Country is that?

Tracks 6 and 7 come from established acts Eli Young Band and Jason Isbell, who have both released cracking new albums recently. ‘Once’ from the EYB is our favourite from their new album, ‘Fingerprints’. Big guitars, big chorus and a whole lot of heartbreak whilst ‘Anxiety’ sees Isbell in panic mode, summing up what lots of us feel about life in 2017 – eloquently capturing that feeling of never being in the right place or never being able to shake of the stresses of modern life.

Final track on the playlist is ‘Everywhere’ by Mo Pitney. Similar to other singers like William Michael Morgan and Chris Jansen, Mo is a young fella who sounds like he’s been making albums since 1978. He has a smooth, traditional Country voice and a real ear for a melody and we are lucky enough to be speaking to him next week in preparation for his upcoming debut UK tour next month so keep an eye on the website for that interview to drop.

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