Sam Hunt Returns With A “Big” Announcement

Country singer-songwriter, Sam Hunt has been living a quiet life lately, as it’s been over a year since he released his newest song, “Downtown’s Dead” or posted on social media. Lately, Hunt has been emerging at festivals across the country, including Stagecoach, Off The Rails Country Music Fest, and Country Jam, making fans wonder if he would drop new music and regain his country music stardom.

Hunt unexpectedly took to his Instagram stories last night (June 18) with an obscure countdown, which included four emojis of a house, mic, beer, and a cowboy leading fans to believe that new music was coming. As the announcement grew closer and the countdown finally ended, the ‘big’ news was revealed. Much to fans disappointment (except for maybe those in Canada) the superstar announced he will be a part of the Bud Light House Party Tour in Calgary on September 19th.

Fans were quick to take to Twitter to share their feelings…

 

 

 

Apparently, today is not the day that Hunt will return with new music, but for future announcements fans can keep up with Sam Hunt, follow on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Lauren Duski Tells Her Grandparents’ Love Story In “The Weather” Video

Lauren Duski The Weather

Music is an art form that can serve many purposes. Whether it be to give listeners a new song to blast with the windows down or to honor someone important in your life, few songs are quite as powerful as those that tell a true story. This is exactly what Lauren Duski did in her touching, self-filmed, home video and picture filled music video for her song “The Weather (Grandpa’s Song)”.

This song was first released in February along with her EP Midwestern Girl. Through the lyrics of this song, Duski touches on a very sad time in her life when she lost her grandmother in 2017, and the effect that it had on herself and her family during the holiday season, especially her grandfather who is lost in a world without her. However, the music video for this song is what really makes the track as special and moving as it is.

The 5-minute long music video is shot, edited and directed by Duski, with the majority of the content coming straight from her iPhone 8 to give that raw, authentic and personal feel. Each scene in the video is accompanied by subtitles that tell her grandparents’ one of a kind love story that prevailed despite anything that came its way. Going back to when they first met, she explains how her grandfather had had a girlfriend at the time her grandmother, Una, developed an interest in him and how he actually rejected her three different times. “Apparently Grandpa Duski was a chick magnet?”, Duski lightheartedly shares while telling their story.

In the beginning of the video, there is a scene that she filmed of her Grandpa talking about how much he misses his wife, and saying “During the night I chat with her, which I know it sounds crazy but, there’s nobody on the other end, but it feels good though”, right after Duski sharing “I realized there was something even more heartbreaking than losing her, watching my Grandpa live in a world without her.”

The concept and significance behind this song is something that everyone can empathize with, as we all live in a world where there comes a day that we lose a grandparent or an older relative that meant the world to us. Duski manages to take something so sad and turn it into a beautiful and intimate tribute to her grandmother and the love that her grandparents both shared.

If you aren’t choked up approaching the end of the video, the ending will surely get you. The video ends with a voicemail that her grandmother left her thanking her for a card and saying she loves her, accompanied by home videos of them together playing in the background, and finally, a picture of her grandparents captioned, “In Loving Memory of our Angel, Una Mary Duski.”

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“The Weather (Grandpa’s Song)” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Exclusive Blanco Brown Showcase in NYC

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Last night songwriter, artist and producer Blanco Brown took the stage at Bowery Electric to perform an exclusive showcase hosted by his record label Broken Bow Records. His debut song “The Git Up” is going viral, highlighting the catchy nature and fun dance moves reminiscent of The Cha Cha Slide, The Macarena or even going further back, The Electric Slide.

At last night’s showcase, Brown kicked the night off after a warm and humbling welcome from BBR Music Group’s EVP, Jon Loba.  He told the story of the first time he met Brown and how different and exciting he thought his music was. Brown told Loba, “I want music without classification, music without borders.”

Blanco Brown NYC

For traditional country fans, Brown’s music may stretch the genre too far past the limits however, his talent is undeniable. He opened his set with Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” and from the moment he hit the chorus, his silky smooth vocals captivated the intimate crowd. He then performed the songs from his debut, self titled EP including “Georgia Time”, “Ghett Ol Memories”, and “TN Whiskey”.

For anyone willing to continue to support the genreless music movement, Blanco Brown’s tunes are catchy and you won’t be able to stop bopping your head to his unique beats. While “The Git Up” is the very first introduction, the artist manages to introduce a new subgenre to the country music umbrella, what he likes to call “Trailer Trap”. Read more about his backstory and how he grew up listening to country music with his grandma here.

Take a listen to Blanco Brown below and keep up with him by following along on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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Country Love Songs From A-Z

Throughout the decades country artists have given us some of the greatest love songs of all time. Some are upbeat, some are ballads, some have stood the test of time and some are brand new, but we love them all. Here are some of our favorite country love songs from A to Z.

Morgan Evans Love Songs

 

A – “Amazed” – Lonestar

“Every little thing that you do / Baby, I’m amazed by you”

 

B – “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts

“This much I know is true / That God blessed the broken road / That led me straight to you”

 

C – “Closer to You” – Carly Pearce

“Heart to heart, face to face, you know all I wanna do / Is get closer, closer, closer to you”

 

D – “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Oh if all I got is your hand in my hand / Baby I could die a happy man”

 

E – “Eyes on You” – Chase Rice

“No matter where we go / No matter what we do / If you’re there, girl, I’ve got my eyes on you”

 

F – “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis

“I’m gonna love you forever and ever / Forever and ever, Amen”

 

G – “Good as You” – Kane Brown

“It might take a hundred lifetimes to do / But baby, I just wanna be good as you”

 

H – “Heartbeat” – Carrie Underwood

“Standing on your shoes in my bare feet / Dancing to the rhythm of your heartbeat”

 

I – “I Do” – Morgan Evans

“Just when I think I couldn’t love you any more / Baby, I do, I do, I do”

 

J – “Just to See You Smile” – Tim McGraw

“Just to see you smile / I’d do anything / That you wanted me to”

 

K – “Kiss You In The Morning” – Michael Ray

“I wanna kiss you with the neon light in your eyes glowing / Then I wanna kiss you in the morning”

 

L – “Love Someone” – Brett Eldredge

“When you smile when you hold my hand / I look at you and I understand / Sure feels good to love someone”

 

M – “She’s Everything” – Brad Paisley

“And she’s everything I ever wanted / And everything I need”

 

N – “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

“And I don’t know how I can do without / I just need you now”

 

O – “On My Way To You” – Cody Johnson

“All the love I’ve lost / I thank God for that / I guess He always knew / I was on my way to you”

 

P – “Put You In A Song” – Keith Urban

“You’d be right where you belong / I wanna put you in a song, oh oh oh”

 

Q – “Queen of My Heart” – Hank Williams Jr.

“You know I love you and I can’t live without you / You know that you are the queen of my heart”

 

R – “Rumor” – Lee Brice

“So tell me why we even trying to deny this feeling / I feel it, don’t you feel it too / There’s a rumor going ’round, and ’round, and ’round / What d’you say we make it true?”

 

S – “Speechless” – Dan + Shay

“You already know that you’re my weakness / After all this time I’m just as nervous / Every time you walk into the room / I’m speechless”

 

T – “To Make You Feel My Love” – Garth Brooks

“I could hold you for a million years / To make you feel my love”

 

U – “Unapologetically” – Kelsea Ballerini

“And it don’t even phase me / When they call me crazy / I’m unapologetically in love”

 

V – “Valentine” – Martina McBride

“And even if the sun refused to shine / Even if romance ran out of rhyme / You would still have my heart until the end of time / You’re all I need, my love, my Valentine”

 

W – “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes

“I wanna call you mine / Wanna hold your hand forever / And never let you forget it / Yeah, I, I wanna make you feel wanted”

 

X – “XXX’s And OOO’s (An American Girl)” – Trisha YearwoodSign her letters with X’s and O’s

” Got a picture of her Momma in heels and pearls / She’s gonna make it in her Daddy’s world / An American girl”

 

Y – “Yours” – Russell Dickerson

“I came to life when I first kissed you / The best me has his arms around you / You make me better than I was before / Thank God I’m yours”

Z – No country artist has ever ventured out to write or record a song with the title starting with the letter Z! If you have a suggestion for a great love song title starting with the letter Z tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Chris Lane Writes Special Song & Proposes to Lauren Bushnell

Lauren Bushnell

Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Engagement
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Today PEOPLE Magazine broke the news that Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell of “Bachelor” fame are engaged!! They were celebrating Father’s Day at Bushnell’s parents’ home in Oregon when he popped the question. Lane had been working on a song for her called “Big, Big Plans” which happens to be all about the proposal.

He played the song and then got down on one knee with a gorgeous emerald-cut diamond. The groom to be just happened to step in some fresh dog poop in his bare feet just as he was about to go through with the proposal, he told PEOPLE. “Even though I felt pretty confident I was going to get the ‘Yes,’ I’ve never been that nervous,” he continued. “When I got to the third verse of the song and knew it was time, I pretty much blacked out. The next thing I knew, she said ‘yes’ and the nerves just lifted! It’s an explosion of excitement, pure joy, and love.” Bushnell & Lane started dating back in the fall after a long friendship. They made it official in November, debuting their relationship at the BMI Country Awards.

These two seem to be a match made in heaven and we are so excited to see the future music this happiness is going to bring the talented musician. Take a listen to the song and watch the touching and emotional proposal above.

Congrats to Chris & Lauren – the future Mr. & Mrs. Lane!!

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Thomas Rhett Lyrics to Use as Instagram Captions

Thomas Rhett is bringing the heat this summer on the “Very Hot Summer” Tour.  Rhett is accompanied by Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and his dad Rhett Atkins, this one show you don’t want to miss. They make their stop at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 3rd. Get your tickets here! Can’t make it to that show? Don’t worry! They are also making a stop at Madison Square Garden in NYC on September 20th, grab your tickets here!

Thomas Rhett Lyrics

No matter where you see the show, these Thomas Rhett lyrics make the perfect Instagram caption to capture your unforgettable moment!

1. “I don’t need no vacation, no fancy destination/Baby you’re my great escape/We could stay at home, listen to the radio/Or dance around the fireplace” – Die a Happy Man

2. “Gonna drink a little beer, play a little music/And have a good time tonight”- Drink a Little Beer”

3. “Windows down, country sound, FM on the radio/Just me and you and the man on the moon/Crusin’ down some old back road”- Make Me Wanna

4. “Ain’t it funny how life changes/You wake up ain’t, nothing the same and life changes/You can’t stop it, just hop on the train and/You never know what’s gonna happen”- Life Changes

5. “Yeah it starts with a smile and it ends with an all night long slow kiss/Yeah it goes like this”- It Goes Like This

6. “From your blue jeans to your shoes/Girl, that night was just like you/Unforgettable” – Unforgettable

7.“Watch me set this night on fire/Baby, you know I love a party/Don’t threaten me with a good time”- Don’t Threaten Me

8. “Toes up in the sand/Cold one in my hand/Singing hey, let’s party like we on vacation” – Vacation

9. “And no matter how much time goes by/And no matter how much we grow up/For worse or for better, from now ‘til forever/I’ll always remember you young”- Remember You Young

10. “Aint nothing that a beer can’t fix/Ain’t no pain it can’t wash away/From the moment that it hits your lips/Makes those clouds look a little less gray”- Beer Can’t Fix

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NYCS Swag Spotlight Hayden Haddock

Hayden Haddock

Hayden Haddock, our Swag Spotlight this week doesn’t have the traditional story that most current country artists boast about, growing up singing in a church or knowing from a young age that this is what he wanted to do with his life. In fact, it wasn’t until the last 5 years or so that Haddock even had an inkling that this was something he could do for a living.  He recalls watching Eric Church open for Kenny Chesney when he was fourteen years old, and between the Cheif’s incredible stage presence, his fancy guitars and fireworks display it sparked something in the Texas native. “He was just a really good entertainer, something about watching him, I went home and told my parents I wanted to take guitar lessons,” he explains.  Growing up, he was shy and although learning to play guitar came rather easy for him, Haddock had never planned on even playing in front of anyone, let alone up on stage for fans.

Currently, he is a full-time student at Texas A&M in College Station and is studying Construction Science, however, bored one day in his dorm room he started picking on his guitar and singing and as soon as his roommate and a girl who lived next door heard him play, they loved it and after a lot of convincing, he overcame his shyness and started to play gigs and write music just a month later. “I’m really glad that it all turned out the way that it did, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be doing all of this,” Haddock says.  That fateful day in his dorm room was just a year and a half ago and already the singer-songwriter had connected with people in the music industry in Nashville and recorded and released his debut EP, First Rodeo. He worked with Trent Willmon, who produced Cody Johnson’s last four albums and he tells us how big of an inspiration Johnson is to him professionally and personally.

“Nashville is so concentrated with people trying to make a name for themselves, so it’s hard to do it since there are so many people there,” Haddock says. “You can be the best singer in the world but it’s going to take longer to get it done, so for me, Texas is a great place to start.” Willmon gave Haddock insight on Johnson’s career path, building his fan base and honing his craft in Texas in order to have something to negotiate with when and if you want to pursue a record label in Nashville.

His debut album features songs that were written by not only Haddock but people who live in his town and found out that he was looking for music to cut for his first project. Quite the whirlwind, only 6 months had passed between sitting in his dorm room picking on a guitar to getting into the studio and writing and recording the first seven songs that the world would hear.

Finishing up his degree at Texas A&M, Haddock is taking classes during the week then Thursday night jumps in his van and plays gigs all weekend. He is already working on writing and recording his next project which he says he hopes will be out before the end of the year. Listen to First Rodeo below.

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Luke Bryan Lyrics to Use As Instagram Captions

Luke Bryan is hitting the road this summer on his Sunset Repeat tour with Cole Swindell, Jon Langston, and DJ Rock. The tour will be making stops on July 13th & 14th, at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater and on September 7th at PNC Bank Arts Center. Grab your tickets and get ready to party all night long.

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If you have been a fan of Bryan throughout the years then you know his music focuses on rural living, love, and drinking. His biggest radio hits are known for being catchy and there is a song that is perfect for everyone. Bryan’s crafty lyrics are great for Instagram captions. Check out the list below to make your pictures even better.

1. “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey, whiskey makes my baby, feel a little frisky” – Rain is a Good Thing

2. “If you ain’t here to party you picked the wrong place” – If You Ain’t Here to party

3. Roll down the windows, turn it on up, pour a little crown in a Dixie cup, get the party started – Drunk on You

4. “All I know is I don’t want this night to end” – I Don’t Want This Night to End

5. “Kick the dust up, let’s back it on up, fill your cup up, let’s tear it up” – Kick The Dust Up

6. “Sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat” – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset

7. “Hey I’m a little drunk on you and high on summertime” – Drunk on You

8. “Country girl, shake it for me” – Country Girl (Shake It For Me)

9. “Huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ every day, that’s the prayer that a country boy prays” – Huntin’, Fishin’, Lovin’ Every Day

10.“Just be proud of what makes you country” – What Makes You Country

 

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Kelsea Ballerini Releases Track from Songland “Better Luck Next Time”

 

Better Luck Next Time

The craft of songwriting is finally getting the platform and recognition it deserves with songwriter extraordinaire, Shane McAnally’s new show Songland. The show gives up and coming songwriters the chance to compete to have one of their tracks released by an established singer in the industry. In one of the latest episodes of the series, country music’s princess, Kelsea Ballerini fell in love with songwriter, Darius Coleman’s song “Better Luck Next Time,” and ultimately chose to record his song. Earlier last week, she recorded and released the new crossover jam.

Ballerini transforms the song effortlessly, adding her confident attitude and skillful weaving of genres to the song. According to Coleman, the track was written for a friend, who was cheated on. Although slower-paced and a bit more melancholy, with Pop, R&B, and EDM influences, the tracks’ message is reminiscent of the songstress’ empowering anthem, “Miss Me More” which just hit the top spot on the country charts.

The song is filled with cleverly woven together lyrics, such as “hit like a shot of tequila without the lime” and “we tried it, but when two hearts, don’t light up, you can’t fight it.” Ballerini brings the words to life with her soothing, but distinct vocals; however, its the rhythmic chorus that will be stuck in your head after just one listen, “I got myself together / got a new attitude / Hope that I see you never / I”m so over you / Got myself together, you’re out of my mind / Now all that I can say is / Better luck next time / Better luck next time.”

Catch the next episode of Songland on Tuesday, June 18th featuring the Jonas Brothers. As for Ballerini, the singer wrapped up her headlining tour with Brett Young and Brandon Ratcliff and her song “Miss Me More” went number one on country radio. Additionally, she has plans to play at various festivals and fairs this summer. Make sure to check out kelseaballerini.com for more information.

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“Better Luck Next Time” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen above and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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