Reviews

Brad Paisley’s Eighties Inspired Video

Brad Paisley’s done it again! First came the touching music video for “Today”, the first single off new album Love and War, followed by a hilarious equivalent for the brilliant, “selfie#theinternetisforever”. Now, he has shared a similar video for new single, “Last Time For Everything”, this time in eighties throwback home-video style, with a title screen straight out of Stranger Things and David Hasselhoff reprising his role as Michael Knight from eighties classic Knight Rider.

While the video is lighthearted and the melody seemingly uplifting, the lyrics of the song echo a sad yet nostalgic sentiment that there is indeed a “last time for everything”. Particularly poignant as Paisley makes it personal, sharing a clip of himself and Little Jimmy Dickens from one of the many times they performed together at the Grand Ole Opry accompanied by the lyrics “Little Jimmy on the Opry stage, last time for everything”.

“Last Time For Everything” is off upcoming album Love and War, out 21st April.

Family Table Review

 

Zac Brown Band have released another single from their upcoming album Welcome Home, along with a lyric video. I love “My Old Man” and “Real Thing” but I think “Family Table” might be my favourite of the new album so far. The song is an ode to a piece of furniture, as well as a heartfelt metaphor for the comfort of family. The lyrics echo this sentiment as ZBB sing, “it’s the cornerstone that held us all up”.

Not only do the lyrics in the song offer a warm and familiar feeling of community, the melody is very conventional of Zac Brown Band, without disappointing in the slightest. The band show off their ever impressive harmonies all over the shop – vocally and by way of guitars and violins. The song fits their ‘Welcome Home’ theme perfectly, and with the rest of the album which has a very nostalgic feel and reminds that truly, “no other place can ease your mind like the family table”.

Zac Brown Band’s fifth studio album Welcome Home is due to be released 12th May.

Willie Nelson’s Ode to Merle

Willie Nelson has revealed his tribute to friend Merle Haggard on the anniversary of his death. The new song will feature on his upcoming album God’s Problem Child.

Haggard passed away on April 6th 2016 – his 79th birthday. A year on, country stars came together in Nashville for a tribute concert, ‘Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard’. There were performances from artists such as Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves to name a few, to show appreciation of Haggards contribution to the world of country music, as Nelson sings ‘it wouldn’t be all it was without Merle‘.

Nelson honours his friend in ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’ as he reminisces on his relationship with Haggard. Accompanying the new song is a heart wrenching video displaying footage of the two as Nelson sings, ‘music made us brothers til the end, not a day goes by that I don’t miss him‘. A touching tribute from one much loved artist to another.

God’s Problem Child is due April 28th.