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Thomas Rhett’s ‘Life Changes’

Thomas Rhett announced some big album news today! Following the success of first single (and blog title inspo), ‘Craving You’ featuring Maren Morris, Rhett has shared the title, release date and track listing for his new album Life Changes.
On Monday Rhett teased a new single ‘Unforgettable’, with a cute gif of him and his wife hinting the inspiration for the song, out 28th July.

From the title to the track names, it appears that Life Changes is about exactly that. Despite Rhett leaning toward pop, it is the honesty and storytelling that is evident in every song that always brings him back to good ol’ country.

Between Rhett’s wife Lauren Akins being due any day now and their gorgeous adopted daughter Willa, there have been many life changes for Rhett to consider writing about and it’s refreshing for the subject matter to be so true.

The album features 14 new songs which appear to signify different life stages, fitting with the song title. It begins with ‘Craving You’, followed by ‘Unforgettable’ and then an unheard song, ‘Sixteen’, with many life events happening along the way such as ‘Marry Me’ and the title track ‘Life Changes’, before ending with a song called ‘Grave’.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear these songs live when Thomas Rhett brings his tour to the U.K in November.

Life Changes is out September 8th, see the track listing here.

More New Artists For Country Music Week 

Country Music Week begins Monday October 2nd but the opening act is yet to be announced. The week is made to show off artists are having a big impact on today’s country music scene. Country Music Week is exciting for UK country fans as it shows that country is growing here as more artists are coming over to perform for English crowds. It makes the wait until C2C seem slightly easier!

While we know that the week takes place over 2nd-8th October 2017, we do not yet have a complete line up.

It was revealed today however, that amongst other shows, there will be a CMA songwriters series featuring 4 artists including Randy Houser and Angaleena Presley on Tuesday 3rd and Under the Apple Tree Sessions with appearances from the ones to watch, including Seth Ennis and Catherine McGrath on Saturday 7th. Both Ennis and McGrath had standout sets at C2C last year, with McGrath going on to support The Shires on their UK tour, and Ennis with an upcoming gig in the UK as opening act for Little Big Town.

More acts to be announced soon. M

Album Review: From A Room: Vol 1

Like the rest of the world, I fell in love with Chris Stapleton’s voice the first time I heard it. Willing to listen to anything new that’s classified as ‘country’, I listened to Traveler as soon as it was released, not knowing what to expect. We all know how that one turned out, so here I am to praise From A Room: Volume 1 to the highest degree. 

The album pairs country and blues perfectly, as he tells a variety of stories through the harmonicas and instruments making up the country twang.  Search Stapleton’s name on Twitter and there is nothing but love for the album, the voice and the man himself. Despite his extraordinary talent, he remains humble, particularly when performing live – when we are most in awe. Also needing a shoutout is Stapleton’s wife, Morgane who in her own right is a brilliant singer/songwriter. She can be seen standing right there next to him on stage, singing those perfect harmonies.

Straight off the bat I’d have said my personal favourites from the album were ‘Broken Halos’ and ‘I Was Wrong’  because of the complete exposure of his soulful, gravelly voice which truly is just made for music. However, going deeper into the album, after listening in the car, on the bus, on a run, feeling all ranges of emotion, ‘Without Your Love’ really stands out as perfection of the country blues.

Stapleton covers Willie Nelson’s ‘Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning’ which he previously described as “an instruction manual on how to write a country song”. I have to say I think ‘Up to No Good Livin” is also a perfect ode to that. In all tracks on From A Room: Vol 1, Stapleton has smashed it out the park with songwriting. I’m already excited about Vol 2.

From A Room: Vol 1 is out now.

New Chris Young Single Next Friday!!

After changing all his profile pictures to ’10 days’ we knew there had to be something exciting following and it’s about time, too! During a Facebook Live video, Chris Young announced that in 10 days, on May 12th, he will release a new single. He then posted on Twitter & Instagram so that no one missed the news.

Young’s last album – not counting his Christmas album – I’m Coming Over was released in 2015, so it was only a matter of time before we got some new music. Young gave a glimpse on his Instagram page of  the single, titled ‘Losing Sleep’. Check it out:

9 days until the new single drops. Until then, here's a small preview.

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I can’t help but feel that the snippet is reminiscent of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’, which is in no way a bad thing. Hopefully, following the new single will be an album announcement.

‘Losing Sleep’ will be available on May 12th.

Miley Cyrus To Release New “Countrified” Music

In her feature in the next issue of Billboard Magazine, Miley Cyrus has announced that she will be releasing new music next week, May 11th. This is the perfect time for Miley to make her mark in country as the genre needs more honest female perspectives.

Cyrus is pictured on the cover of the magazine, looking a far cry from her previous endeavours, but beautiful as ever, along with a caption describing her new venture as becoming a, “countrified singer-songwriter”. Her new single, titled ‘Malibu’ has been described as  a, “gimmick-free…breezy love song”.

I was really excited to read that Miley is going down a more country route, her distinctive voice is perfect for it – if having Dolly Parton as a godmother isn’t excuse enough. Despite this, Cyrus expressed her concern that country fans, “don’t really take me seriously as a ­country artist“. I would contest this from my own personal opinion, but I also have high hopes that her new music, which Billy Ray Cyrus describes as, “Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard”, will prove to country fans that she is more than deserving of our praise.

‘Malibu’ is out May 11th. Read the full interview with Billboard in the article below.
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/magazine-feature/7783997/miley-cyrus-cover-story-new-music-malibu