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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.