a RAD time for CONtry
Sure, summer may be winding down… but let’s just say country music is absolutely HEATING UP. There’s no better time than right now to start crankin’ a little (or a lot of) country while we still have these summer rays upon us.
For those of you that have been keeping up with the country scene, we have heard some big releases within the past year - Dan + Shay, Dierks, Old D, K-Urban, LANCO, Little Big town, McCreery, T-Rhett, Chesney, Luke Combs and debut’s from Jordan Davis, Sir Rosevelt. There were some HUGE singles from Eric Church, FGL, and new-and-upcoming artists like Filmore, Roan Ash, Carly Pearce, and many more. If you haven’t been keeping up… well, that’s why you have me. My intent with this playlist is to offer you a pipin’ hot collaboration of some of my summer-faves.
Starting off this playlist is one of my new favorites - ‘Desperate Man’ by Eric Church. Whew… I knew this would be a big one from the moment I heard it. This song has it all - it is funky, catchy, and just plain fun. Church stated in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I was a little lost for a while,” but it definitely seems like he is BACK. Can’t wait for his new album, which is expected to drop October 5th.
Second on the docket is from our fellas’ Dan + Shay. If you haven’t listened to their full album yet - DO IT NOW. I have included a favorite of mine (‘Tequila’) from the record. Shay’s vocals are a high-point during this song, as the duo explains in an interview with The Boot that this is right up their wheelhouse and is very nostalgic - yes, it sure is. This one doesn’t get old folks.
Guys, how good was that Dierks Bentley album, The Mountain? I mean come on - I could have dedicated this whole playlist to that album. I decided to add ‘Goodbye in Telluride’ and ‘You Can’t Bring Me Down’ to this list from his latest album that he said was inspired by the grand beauty of Colorado, which he mentions being a layer deeper and more mature than past records. In an interview piece for Billboard, Dierks explained that these songs really focus on what’s important to him now (e.g. life, living, being present). These are tracks that transcend time and space as they can be played in any location - the beach, the lawn, and/or cruising in your car.
Kacey Musgraves is also featured here, who released her third full-length album, Golden Hour recently. This album was produced with a completely different team than past albums, as she aimed for a new energy. Some of my favorites from the album are ‘High Horse’ (included in the playlist) and ‘Velvet Elvis’, which definitely has a galactic-country-feel as she put it in an interview with Spin. You may find yourself wanting to check out her full album - even if you don’t call yourself a country fan.
One more song I want to hit on is ‘If I Ever Saw Heaven’ by Roan Ash. This is NOT your average country song, but WOW, is it deserving of some attention. Ash explains that he has been crafting this song and his debut album for years. This dude has a phenomenal voice, as it is wonderfully fused together with guitar chords and a choir in the background. Keep an eye on him.
Man, is Country good for the soul or what? These artists sure do have some great life lessons for us all - David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney remind us that everything’s gonna be alright, while Rhett explains that life changes, but he wouldn’t change it for the world. These artists talk about the ups and downs of life, both broken and flourishing relationships, while also trying to encourage us to just get along, and also give us some straight-up good-sounding tunes that make us simply drop what we’re doing and want to dance/raise a glass. I hope you enjoy this short playlist. Please let me know what your favorites are at the moment, and if you don’t hear from me sooner… you can be certain that I’ll be back next summer.