Exclusive Interview: Brantley Gilbert Chats About His Baby Daughter

During his New York City press album release week, Brantley Gilbert stopped by The Boogie Room located inside The Mondrian Park Avenue Hotel to chat with New York Country Swag about his new album, Fire & Brimstone as well as his new baby daughter and his upcoming tour.

Watch below for the full interview and to hear Gilbert’s hilarious answer to the question, “How will you act when your daughter brings home a boy she wants to date”.

Gilbert is heading out on his Fire’t Up Tour with Dylan Scott and Chase Rice in 2020. Find out more details about that tour here.

To keep up with Brantley Gilbert follow him on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Fire & Brimstone 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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The Best Moments That Happen At Country Concerts

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Justin Aharoni (@jaharoni) for NYCountry Swag

As the summer concert season is coming to a close, we have been busy reminiscing about some of our favorite concerts that we were able to catch. To learn more about our favorite shows, click here. Although each concert is different and unique to the artists on the bill, there are some moments that transcend through each and every show.

1. The tailgate.
Although technically not the start of the show, everyone knows that the tailgate is a crucial component of a country concert. It’s your chance to grab your friends, crank up the music, and play a few drinking games with your crew and other country music lovers. Tailgates get the party started and make you even more excited for the night of music to come! Check out our tailgate essentials here to make sure you have everything you need for an epic tailgate.

 

2. The opening acts.
Getting to see multiple artists in one night is always a highlight, but when the tour is stacked with fresh talent and rising artists, it makes it even better! Plus, you get to say you saw the artist before they hit it big! We love championing rising artists, so getting to check out their sets are always a highlight! Still not convinced? Check out the many reasons, we encouraged you to get their early for Riley Green’s, Tenille Townes, and Russell Dickerson’s opening sets!

3. Gearing up for the headliner.
Just before the artist of the night takes the stage, the house lights dim, music begins to play, and fans begin to scream in anticipation. This moment isn’t always appreciated enough, but we live for the introduction song and the production before the artist explodes on to the stage. The energy in the venue is electric and the notion that you are about to see your favorite artist perform with thousands of other people, who love country music is always indescribable.

 

4. U.S.A. chants and red, white, and blue.
Here at NY Country Swag, we are big supporters of our troops, our firefighters, our police officers, our first responders, and our local heroes, such as our teachers! We created our hero collection to honor those who serve our country and community and donate a portion of our proceeds to organizations that benefit them across the country. Because of this, one of our favorite moments is when the crowd erupts into a U.S.A. chant after the artist honors our troops. In a typically divided world, the feeling of patriotism and being united feels magical.

 

5. Surprise guests.
It is so thrilling when the headliner brings a surprise guest to the stage! Most recently, at Jones Beach, Luke Bryan brought Morgan Wallen on stage to sing his song “Whiskey Glasses,” and Miranda Lamberts like to bring out her other members of the Pistol Annies on occasion too. The element of surprise keeps fans on their toes, and it is fun to guess, who might be showing up, especially during festival season!

 

6. Openers come back on stage with the headliner.
Usually, the headliner will bring their opening acts back on stage to duet with them. We love witnessing the camaraderie on stage and hearing a new version of one of our favorite songs! Over the summer, FGL gave us goosebumps, when they performed “H.O.L.Y.” with Dan + Shay, and back in September, Thomas Rhett had fans at Madison Square Garden up on their feet, screaming, when Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and Rhett Akins came back to the stage to sing Rhett’s “Beer Can’t Fix.” These are the moments you can only be a part of if you’re present for a live show!

 

7. When every single person in the crowd sings along or holds up their flashlights.
Two years in a row, one of our favorite moments have been when the whole venue sang along as Dan + Shay sang “Tequila.” This magical moment never gets old. Usually, during one of the artists’ slower, more vulnerable songs, fans show their appreciation and approval by putting on their flashlights and swaying their phones back and forth in the air. This creates some extraordinary imagery and usually brings the performer (and us) to tears!

 

8. When artists bring fans on stage.
We love getting to see fans being pulled on to the stage by an artist! It showcases the performer in a more human light, and it is fun to see how they interact with their audience up close and personal! We especially love, when the little kid in the crowd gets to sing along with the artist on stage, as we’re sure it’s a moment that they never forget! For us, this is the equivalent to getting a shout out from an artist on stage, as Russell Dickerson did for us in his MSG debut in September! Just like that little kid, who gets pulled up on to the stage, we’ll never forget that moment!

 

9. When the headliner covers a throwback song and the whole audience sings along.
Typically in an entertainer’s set-list, the singer will add in a cover of some old-school country song or a catchy modern song. Sometimes artists will even create their own medley or mash-up! Some crowd favorites include, “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “I Like It, I Love It,” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” and many more. It is always a blast to see how country artists put their own twist on cover songs!

 

10. The encore.
At this point, we know that the headliner is going to come back on stage to entertain us with a couple of more songs, but still, hearing the entire crowd shout “encore” and witnessing the gratitude shining from the artist is always a heartwarming moment. Plus, the encore is usually where you get to finally hear the songs you’ve been hoping to hear all night long. It definitely ends the night on a high note!

Let us know what your favorite concert moments are in our New York Country Fans Facebook group!

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What We’re Listening To: October Picks

NYCountry Swag’s “What We’re Listening To” playlist highlights the wide range of our team’s favorite songs and artists when it comes to the country music genre.  At the end of the day, we are all fans first with a passion for country music and are eager to share with you all what we’ve got on repeat each month.

Find below each of our team member’s favorite songs and why in our September picks. Then be sure to give our Spotify account a follow and listen to our favorite tracks!

 

OCTOBER PICKS:

 

Stephanie Wagner, Founder

Pick: “Drink About Me” – Brett Kissel
Songwriters: Ben Stennis & Matt Rogers

Ever since we hosted Brett Kissel for one of our latest Swag Sessions, I’ve been listening to his song “Drink About Me” on repeat. I love the way the lyrics talk about the memories of a past love and with each and every drink it can take you to a different moment with that person and wonder if they think about the same things too. 

 

Christina Bosch, Managing Editor 

Pick: “Getting Good” – Lauren Alaina
Songwriters: Emily Weisband

When I first heard Lauren Alaina’s new single, “Getting Good” I immediately resonated with always looking ahead to the next thing, instead of taking a look around and appreciating where I am at this very present moment. I love this wave of new music from female artists just singing about real life, not relenting about a man, rather focusing on things that men and women can relate to. I especially relate to the lines about worrying about her parents dying and the anxiety that so often overcomes me.

“I’m afraid of both my parents dying / I call my dad, he answers right away / And I didn’t hear a word ’cause I was thinking
 / About what hasn’t happened yet but will someday / And we hang up the phone before I know it / I’m crying over the conversation my fear took / I’m thinking once I learn to soak up every moment / I’ll realize my life’s already good”

In my life, knowing that so much has changed over the past few years, I try to constantly stop and smell the proverbial roses. I have always loved Lauren Alaina, since the moment she stepped in front of the judges on American Idol back in 2011 and with each release, I fall more and more in love with her voice, her personality and specifically her flawless songwriting.

 

Lucie Bernheim, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Trying To Let Her” – Ruston Kelly
Songwriters: Kyle Jacobs, Ruston Kelly, Joe Leathers

My playlist always changes when the weather does, and now that it’s fall, I’ve been listening to Ruston Kelly’s debut album, Dying Star, on repeat. Kelly leans more on the alternative side of country music, or as he calls it- “dirt emo”, but I love everything about it. The story is thought-provoking, and while autobiographical, it’s universal. I also love the production;  it’s simple, yet beautiful, and the three-part harmony gives me chills.

“So, do you really wanna live like this forever / She’s trying to love you, boy / Why don’t you let her?”

 

Dylan Bestler, Contributing Writer

Pick: “The City” – Chase Rice
Songwriters: Chase Rice and Chris Destefano

Chase Rice put on an incredible show on Friday night at the Playstation Theater where he debuted a new song for us called the “The City” that will be on his next album. I’m not sure if I can pick an unreleased song but it’s been stuck in my head since and I can’t wait for him to release it so I can play it on repeat. It cannot go on our playlist yet but you can check it out an acoustic version on his Instagram page.

We were higher than the moon / hanging over lights on Broadway / as the band played / Baby let’s take/let’s take it to the city

 

Kristina Callahan, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Heartbeat of a Small Town” – Travis Denning
Songwriters: Chris Stevens, Rhett Akins, Travis Denning

When I listen to this song, I’m immediately thrown back to growing up in my hometown in Upstate New York where every Friday in the fall was all about high school football.

“Friday night, home team, marching band // Whole crowd stomping in the stands // You can hear them pads popping a mile away”

I think any song that can take you back to great memories growing up is something so special. I’ve been a fan of Denning’s other songs he’s released like “After a Few,” “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” and “Tank of Gas with a Radio Song.” While still up-and-coming, I can’t wait to see what this Georgia boy has coming up next.

Julia Grubbs, Contributing Writer 

Pick: “Coming Down the Mountain” – Mipso
Songwriters: Libby Rodenbough

With the fall chill in the air, and New Yorkers gearing up for Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter, don’t forget Halloween!, I’m taking full advantage of the sweater weather to listen to chill country music in preparation for the changing of the seasons. I’ll light my Honeycrisp Apple candle from Trader Joe’s and throw on this easy tune by Mipso. I’m totally into the Indie-Country mashups these days, where you can’t place the music in any particular genre, but it just makes you feel good.
Her voice eases any tension you might be holding and encourages a slowing down so appropriate for this time of year. Imagine watching the leaves fall with this in the background, and you’ll get what I mean. The harmonies also sit well, further relaxing you into a casual ‘sit on the porch with your coffee’ mood. I think we all need a bit more slow-moving songs in this fast-paced society, so let Mipso give you all you need to gather round the people you hold dear and just breathe. If you have the chance to listen to this in the mountains, then you’ll really catch the essence of the song.

Autumn Haile, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Newport” – Kylie Rothfield
Songwriters: Kylie Rothfield

Although Kylie Rothfield toes the line between pop and country, her ethereal songwriting is what fits her so effortlessly into the Nashville music scene. It also happens to be what made me fall in love with her song, “Newport.” While “Newport” isn’t one of her newest songs, it’s one that recently caught my attention because of the wistful atmosphere and the emotional reminiscent sprinkled throughout the lyrics. It captures that feeling you get when you look back on a moment you didn’t realize was important until long after it was over.  Her talent with words and melodies makes listeners feel every ebb and flow of the melody, which is perfect for a song that reminds me of being close to the water with someone I love. From the very first listen, I was hooked on her voice, her sound, and her talent. I still feel you holding me / I still feel your love / We always have Newport, babe / Our escape from the world that we don’t understand / We always have Newport / and We left something there that we’ll never get back

Molly Holmberg, Contributing Writer

Pick: “A Road and A Radio” – Charles Esten
Songwriters: Charles Esten and J.T. Harding

This month I have been listening to Charles Esten’s “A Road and A Radio.” This song embraces the free spirit that an open road brings and listening to your favorite, nostalgic songs with friends, or just simply driving to clear your mind. The song channels an upbeat rock in roll toon with such ease to sing along. Esten mentioned in a press release, “It would be nice to think that maybe when somebody out there, in an attempt to get away from it all, decides to get ‘a song turned up’ and ‘a ragtop down,’ this just might be one of the songs they turn up.” I can definitely say that I have turned this one up more than once while driving with friends.

 

Nicole Piering, Contributing Writer

Pick: “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” – Craig Morgan
Songwriters: Craig Morgan

My pick for the month of October is Craig Morgan’s “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost.” Released in late August, the song was given much-deserved attention thanks to a viral campaign led by Blake Shelton. With the help of Shelton and some other famous friends, including Ellen Degeneres, Carson Daly, Kelly Clarkson, and Hoda Kotb, the song climbed to #1 atop the iTunes’ all-genre chart. Unlike many other viral hits, Morgan’s song is a meaningful and powerful proclamation of faith and love, written in the wake of tragedy. Morgan penned the track after the passing of his son three years ago in a drowning accident, and it’s sure to give you chills. “I know my boy ain’t here, but he ain’t gone,” He sings, and it’s a message that anyone who’s ever lost someone can definitely relate to.

Pick: “Right Where I Left It” – Cole Swindell
Songwriters: Cole Swindell, Cole Taylor, Michael Carter
My pick for October is “Right Where I Left It” by Cole Swindell. The latest song to come from Cole Swindell’s new EP, Down Home Sessions V, might be my favorite from the EP so far.  It’s a great reminder that no matter how old you get or how far you move, your home town is always going to be there. Growing up in a small town in South Jersey, I know that’s true.

Shanna Vitaliano, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Let It Roll” – Midland
Songwriters: Jess Carson

I have been listening to “Let It Roll” by Midland since I saw them kick off their tour last month in New York City.  Penned by Jess Carson, it is a wordy track that reels you in with the authentic feel of strong country roots.  Midland sticks with their undeniably incredible distinguished style as “Let It Roll” tells a story of being in awe over someone.  It is a great song to play while on a long drive with an easy-going chorus, “So let it roll/Out of your soul/And we’ll fly down the road/See how high we can go/And let it ride/Like the tumblin’ dice/When you flash me those eyes/Girl, I’m out of my mind.”  “Let It Roll” has a twangy, laid back vibe that showcases what Midland is all about.

Erica Zisman, Contributing Writer

Pick: “One Beer” – HARDY feat. Devin Dawson and Lauren Alaina
Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Jake Mitchell, HARDY

This month I knew exactly which song I was picking for my song of the month almost as soon as I heard it. My pick is HARDY’s song “One Beer,” featuring Devin Dawson and Lauren Alaina. First off, the entire concept of HARDY’s record “Hixtape Vol. 1” blows my mind and excites me for more music from him, but this song is for sure stand out off the record.

“A Boy and a girl and a three on a tree / K-I-S-S-I-N-G / First comes lust, then a shotgun marriage / Six month’s later come a baby in a carriage / You know what, y’all? You know what, y’all? / The whole thing started with some alcohol / The whole thing started with some alcohol.”

“One Beer” is innovative, oddly relatable, and storytelling at its finest. It paints the picture of a young couple, who find out that they are having a baby, which clearly changes the course of their lives. “One Beer” is the modern day “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney. From the clever wordplay to the killer vocals by the collaborators to using a baby’s heartbeat as an instrumental, HARDY created a masterpiece with this track. I’ll always be a sucker for some creative and heartfelt lyrics, so I cannot wait to see what HARDY brings to the table next with his song-writing craft.

 

Listen to our picks on our “What We’re Listening To” playlist on Spotify and be sure to give it a follow, so you can catch our monthly updates.

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[Listen] LANCO Drop “What I See” and “Old Camaro”

LANCO What I See Old Camaro

The double-platinum feel-good country band LANCO debuted two new songs this weekend and added the nostalgic “What I See” and the classic love story “Old Camaro” to their repertoire. The dynamic five-person band has proved once again how their authentic voices and pure organic sounds create relatable lyrics with infectious anthemic choruses.

Their new single “What I See” is a song that originated when LANCO was on tour and happened to be picked up in a random parking lot next to a run-down restaurant and bar. To the band, that place meant nothing. However, they realized that the same spot they saw could have been part of someone’s childhood memories or an important part of their hometown life. This was all lead singer Brandon Lancaster, drummer Tripp Howell, and bassist Chandler Baldwin and Jeremy Spillman needed to put the pen to paper and write “What I See,” with lyrics recognizing that even the simplest things that may be insignificant to them, could be important to others. The second song “Old Camaro,” tells a story of two young kid’s in love escaping the reality of life. In the chorus, LANCO sings the reminiscent verse, “You and me in an old Camaro, a whole lot of love and a little dinero, the world in the taillights and a little bit scared, oh, just you and me, three on the tree, in an old Camaro.”

“What I See” and “Old Camaro” showcase once again the talented storytelling ability of LANCO. The two tracks are follow up’s to the band’s incredible success and notoriety from their critically acclaimed No. 1 selling album HALLELUJAH NIGHTS which featured “Born To Love You” and “Greatest Love Story.” LANCO has been on the road selling out venues across the U.S. with their own headlining HALLELUJAH NIGHTS tour. Next year, they will be joining Miranda Lambert on her highly anticipated Wildcard Tour. For more information go to www.lancomusic.com. Be sure to watch our full interview with the band from earlier this summer at Taste of Country Festival, below.

To keep up with LANCO, follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

“What I See” and “Old Camaro” are 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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Chris Bandi Releases Radio Edit of “Man Enough Now”

Chris Bandi

We’ve been fans of Chris Bandi so we’re were so excited to see that his song “Man Enough Now” will receive a new life with the brand-new radio edit released on October 11th, 2019. Bandi sings a tale of self-growth, as he expresses regret over giving up someone special due to his past lack of maturity. From the moment the song begins, the honest and self-reflective lyrics blend with the raw acoustic guitar to captivate listeners into a sentimental state.

The lyrics particularly hit home during the chorus, when Bandi belts out the gut-wrenching words: “It’s too bad, we happened when we did / ‘Cause I’ve learned a lot about life since then / I can’t go back / Girl I hate that”

The 28-year-old St. Louis native takes pride in his journey to becoming a man and sorrowfully repents hurting someone on the road to getting there. As the song continues, the instrumentals build along with the conviction in the lyrics and in Bandi’s voice. “So if one more chance is somethin’ that you ever think about / I’m man enough now”

In this final line, the singer-songwriter wears his heart on his sleeve in the purest way. He pleads for one more chance, though understands he may not deserve it due to his past actions. This vulnerable tune is infectiously catchy, and we can’t wait to hear it on the radio. We’re hoping that this release means more music in the near future from Bandi.

To keep up with Chris Bandi, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Man Enough Now” 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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NYCS Swag Spotlight: Jordyn Stoddard

Jordyn Stoddard

If you are looking for an artist that is going to inspire you to be your authentic self, look no further than our Swag Spotlight this week, Jordyn Stoddard. Throughout our conversation, we covered everything from a coveted moment on stage with Kenny Chesney, how her music has evolved, and of course what to expect going into the future.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Stoddard fell into music at a young age. After discovering she wasn’t good at soccer, she stuck with piano and vocal lessons and even taught herself to play guitar a few years later. At just seven years old, the songstress went to her first concert, where she just so happen to be pulled up on stage by Kenny Chesney himself. Stoddard reflected on this moment with us, sharing “I really did kind of remember some of that moment just being on stage because it was like so life changing. But I remember looking out into the crowd and being like ‘Wow,” this is the coolest job anyone could have.”

This moment combined with her love for music started Stoddard on the trajectory to becoming a singer-songwriter. She connected to country music and songwriting at an early age, identifying artists like Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert as some of her influences. She shared that she loves how Chesney, “Doesn’t have a lot of props on stage, and somehow captures the audience every single night,” and credited Swift for “changing songwriting for country music,” especially for young women.

Nowadays, Stoddard pulls inspiration from all different genres, including, pop, R&B, alternative, and of course, country, name-dropping The Band Camino, H.E.R., and Parker McKay as some of her current favorites. Her wide range of music taste, shines through in her own music. She shared with us that it is important for her to reflect on her musical tastes throughout her own music, stating, “I think that songs come when you’re uncomfortable or when you’re doing things that you aren’t familiar with.”

Her current single, “Bad Baby” perfectly blends pop with country and hints of R&B flavor, personifying her statement about the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone. Stoddard wrote the track with her good friend, Peyton Porter, “coming from the perspective of an R&B sound.” According to the singer, the song was inspired from “just the idea that you’re really like somebody and it’s almost like you’re kinda stuck in a daydream. You’re walking in from a distance, and you’re feeling all these things, but you kind of don’t know how to communicate that to that person,” adding later that the song rings true for her, “I kind of lean on music sometimes to communicate how I’m feeling. That’s really the idea behind that song.” The enticing melody, clever lyrics, and the creative title clearly show off her artistry and her assets in the best light.

To wrap up our conversation, we made sure to check in to see, when we can expect more music from the talented singer-songwriter. She revealed that she is getting ready to put out music soon, exclusively sharing that her next single will be “Shouldn’t Have To,” adding that it is more on the countryside of the spectrum. “It was important for me to challenge myself and to write things where it was coming from a real honest and vulnerable place,” adding that the next two upcoming tracks “talk about a previous relationship.” Even more exciting, the songstress has even more music in the works, continuing to experiment with different sounds and vibes that speak to her as an artist and a songwriter, her ultimate goal as a singer-songwriter.

To keep up with Jordyn Stoddard follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Bad Baby” 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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Abby Anderson Drops Powerhouse Anthem: “Flowers”

Abby Anderson Flowers

Abby Anderson premiered bombshell “Flowers” on October 11th after the assembly of singles “Guy Like You,” “GOOD LORD,” and the conclusion of touring the country as the supporting guest on Rob Thomas’ Chipped Tooth Tour. The 22-year old Black River Entertainment recording artist is acquainted with laying her heart on her sleeve for all to see even if it entails a little cheek.

“Flowers” embodies Anderson’s sass and absconds one knowing the singer + songwriter’s psyche down to a T after just one listen. This buoyant, audacious powerhouse of an anthem has Anderson far from reeling over a breakup. Give her all of the bouquets in the world but she will never be yours again. She sings: “There ain’t enough flowers down in Tennessee / There ain’t enough sorries beggin’ on your knees / Tulips won’t stop my two lips from sayin’ goodbye / Yeah, you can buy me daisies but they just gonna die / Roses are red, violets are blue / Ain’t enough flowers in the world, baby / Roses are red, violets are blue / Ain’t enough flowers in the world to make me come back to you.”

On the release date, the “Make Him Wait” singer + songwriter publicized on her social media accounts, “Wrote this sucker with Josh Kerr and Jordan Minton on a bus at 2 am. I lost my voice screaming that chorus at the top of my lungs and I hope y’all do too.”

For more with Abby Anderson watch our Swag Session with the songstress from earlier this year, below.

To keep up with Abby Anderson follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Flowers” is 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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Miranda Lambert Releases Fan Favorite: “Tequila Does”

Miranda Lambert Tequila Does

Miranda Lambert pays homage to her Texas descent in her latest release “Tequila Does” off of her forthcoming album Wildcard; her first collaboration with producer Jay Joyce. The single compliments the singer’s catalogue well by commemorating the steel guitar and a propulsive drum reverberation. The country-rock consumed track marks the seventh song to be premiered ahead of the album’s release date on November 1st.

Lambert exploits all expectations unmet by men but kissed by personified poison who has the ability to never let anybody down. She sings: “Cause he don’t love me like tequila does / Nobody can / He don’t give me that border town buzz / Like tequila does / I’d sure like to find / A cowboy tonight / To get me back in the saddle / But the boys around here, drink domestic beer / They’re all hat, no cattle / But I won’t sleep alone / ‘Cause my old pal Patron, is taking me home tonight.”

“The House That Built Me” artist stated in a recent press release, “‘Tequila Does’ is country. And country music makes me happy,” said Lambert of the track. “No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a country song with a steel guitar, it makes my soul feel like it’s on fire.”

Written by Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, “Tequila Does” follows singles “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” “Bluebird,” Locomotive,” ”Mess With My Head, ”Pretty Bitchin’” and “Way Too Pretty For Prison.”

“Tequila Does” has been a fan favorite on Lambert’s Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour with supporting acts Tenille Townes, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Pistol Annies and Maren Morris each on selected dates running through November 22nd. In early 2020, Lambert kicks off the Wildcard Tour with supporting guests Cody Johnson and LANCO.

To keep up with Miranda Lambert follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“Tequila Does” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our “New Country Music” playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your new weekly country music fix.

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Lady Antebellum Release Another Track From Upcoming Album, “Boots”

Lady Antebellum Boots

With just weeks left until the November 15th release of their debut album with Big Machine Label Group, Ocean, Lady Antebellum has released yet another preview track, “Boots.” Co-written by Charles Kelley and Ross Copperman (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” “Love Ain’t”, “Get Along”), the track is a rocking uptempo to contrast with the album’s other previously released tracks.

“Boots” continues the theme of Lady A’s return to its musical roots, sounding easily like a track that could’ve appeared on one of the group’s earliest albums. Sonically, the song is remnant of the group’s earliest hits, including “Love Don’t Live Here.”

Led by Kelley’s raspy growl, the song tells the tale of a pair of boots that “took a while to find their place/ but you know they’re here to stay.” His voice is only complemented here by Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood’s harmonies, but the song is Kelley’s moment to shine. The Lady A frontman professes his love and devotion to the woman in his life through a tale of two boots, singing “Yeah, these boots, never walkin’ out on you/ They ain’t got no more running left to do.”

Accompanying the song, the trio released a simple video that shows them in the studio alongside producers, writers, and musicians. They enlisted a bevy of Nashville’s biggest names on Ocean, including Sarah Buxton, Corey Crowder, Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, and more. The album will also feature a highly-anticipated collaboration with Little Big Town.

The release of “Boots” comes on the heels of buzzed about tracks, including the theatric “What If I Never Get Over You,” the bittersweet “Pictures,” and the album’s title track, the lush and melodic, “Ocean.” We are counting down the days until release day of Ocean, and we’re excited to add “Boots” to our playlist!

To keep up with Lady Antebellum, follow them on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Their new album, Ocean, is available for pre-order at all digital retailers.

“Boots” 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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Chase Rice Brings His AM/PM Tour to Playstation Theater in NYC

Chase Rice’s AM/PM Tour stopped at the Playstation Theater in Manhattan to perform an intimate show for his New York fans. He brought along special guests and good friends, Jon Nite and Chris DeStefano.

Nite and DeStefano performed their acoustic set side-by-side. Predominately, songwriters, the two spent their 45-minute set covering songs they’ve written for other artists. Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up”, Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya”, Jake Owen’s “Beachin’”, Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up”, Dierks Bentley’s “Living” and many more chart-topping hits were performed for the boisterous crowd Friday night.

Jon Nite Chris Destafano Chase Rice

Nite has written fourteen top ten hits for artists including Bryan, Owen, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell among others. He picked up a few CMA and ACM awards along the way. He penned Swindell’s “Break Up in the End” which was nominated for Country Song of the Year at the 2019 Grammys. Nite also earned a CMA Triple Play honor, which he received for writing three number one hits in one calendar year. The three songs were Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down”, Keith Urban’s “Break On Me” and A Thousand Horses’ “Smoke”

DeStefano is a Grammy-winning songwriter and has written number one hits for big-name artists including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood. He is also the dominant writer/producer for Chase Rice’s albums. DeStefano co-wrote seven songs on Ignite the Night and three on Lambs & Lions, including his number-one single “Eyes on You”. During his set, he began playing the chords of the song, which the audience reacted positively to. “If I played that song now, Chase would kill me,” he joked.

Rice came out on stage to “Lions”, the lead track off his most recent album. He followed that with “Do it Like This”, “Jack Daniels Showed Up” and “On Tonight”. He then confessed that he’s working on a new album and wrote a song three days ago that he was going to play for the audience. “A song that’s three days old is also three days old in my mind and I don’t know all the f***king words….there’s no better place to play it then in this city.” He then performed the new, upbeat song, co-written with DeStefano, titled “The City”. Somehow, the fans knew the song as many of them in the front row were singing along with him. Listen to an acoustic version on  Instagram.

Rice’s personality and humor were showcased as he was interactive with the audience throughout the night and spoke to the fans like were his college football teammates. He was also very informative in letting the crowd know what was going on in his life and career. He explained that he considered sending another song off Lambs & Lions to radio but then ultimately decided to record a new album instead. “We’re going to slowly start putting stuff out…I don’t know how this is going to go but I do know one thing and there’s one song starting this next album and it’s this song right here.” He then performed his most recent release, “Lonely If You Are”.

Chase Rice

“I heard a quote from a guy named Harlan Howard, who was one of the best songwriters of all time, they asked him what country music was to him…and his response was pretty simple; he said ‘three chords and the truth’,” he explained that that was the inspiration behind his top-25 hit.

He gave a shout-out to Jon Nite for the next song, “Gonna Wanna Tonight” because it was in the 1% of songs he didn’t write himself. “We’ll sing it one more time on that chorus to make sure Jon hears you; as loud as you can,” he demanded of the fans. I guess we weren’t loud enough because Rice responded with: “I’m not bullshitting you, you better be f***ing loud on this chorus.”

He slowed things down with a personal song in “Carolina Can”, a track all about his life growing up in Carolina. He followed that with “Ride”. For this song, Rice brought a couple on stage and separated them by sitting the girl on a high-top, center stage and taking the guy to his bar off stage. Rice sang the romantic chorus to the girl as the boyfriend watched him try to seduce his girlfriend from the side stage. This bit got a lot of laughs from the audience.

His next song was the one he was teasing all night; his number one song, “Eyes on You”. “Cruise”, the track Rice co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line, was next. During the song, he announced his band members, who sported more of a punk-rock look than a country look. They each got to play a snippet of a song of their choice that was unplanned, according to Rice. The two guitar players chose Blink 182’s “All the Small Things” and Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy”. The bassist began strumming the tune of “Wheels on the Bus” which the crowd loved but Rice did not. Rice made him pick another one so he played Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”.

His epic finale got better when he rapped Nelly’s verse of “Cruise” which transitioned into “Ready Set Roll”. Before exiting the stage, Rice admitted playing Madison Square Garden is a dream of his and asked the fans to help him get there. Rice certainly has the talent, the personality and the passion for country music to make that dream a reality.

Rice’s tour is headed to his home state of North Carolina next weekend. For more dates, visit his website.

To keep up with Chase Rice follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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