Kelleigh Bannen Releases “Boys Don’t Cry” Along with Social Campaign

Kelleigh Bannen Boys Don't Cry

One of our favorite female independent artists, Kelleigh Bannen is keeping us on our toes this summer. She has already released two songs, including “Deluxe” and “Faith In You,” off her upcoming studio album entitled, FAVORITE COLORS. Both songs show different sides of her talent and personality. Now, Bannen is giving us even more to be excited about with her new song, “Boys Don’t Cry,” which just premiered today.

The new upbeat track is a plea to girls who are going through a break-up, not to compare themselves to how guys go through a break-up. Similar to the message of Dierks Bentley’s song “Different For Girls,” Bannen gives us the female perspective on what actually goes on for both people in a break-up. Her delivery packs a punch and gives you the much-needed inspiration (and a slap in the face) to move on with your life and to focus on yourself.

“Pull yourself together / ain’t nothing gettin’ better / laying on the sofa / get up get out / move on get loud / and get to getting over.”

Fitting her innovative personality, Bannen launched a social campaign to accompany the release of the song. As both a songstress and a podcast host, she is encouraging influencers to playfully share their break-up copers, tips, and tricks. Some of the questions on the form include your zodiac or enneagram sign, guilty pleasures, and your post-breakup anthem. The challenge lends itself well to the lyrical nature of “Boys Don’t Cry,” and we can’t wait to see how she utilizes it throughout all her creative outlets.

We hope to hear more new songs from Bannen before the October 11th release of her upcoming record. Stay tuned for our first impression review of the Favorite Colors.

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“Boys Don’t Cry” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a look below and check out more recently released music 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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Tenille Townes Asks God Some Important Questions in “Jersey on the Wall”

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Canadian singer-songwriter and one of our 2019 Artists to Watch and Swag Spotlight alumni, Tenille Townes gets deep in her song “Jersey on the Wall (I’m Just Asking)”.  Townes paints the picture of a high school gym where a number 27 jersey hangs up on the wall for an unfortunate reason. It’s there not because the star athlete took the Tigers to the finals that year but because she didn’t survive a car accident. During the chorus, she rattles off all the questions she has for God when she makes it to heaven including “Why can’t you stop a car from crashing?”

“How does the sky change in a minute? / How do you keep this big rock spinning? / If you got your hands on everything that happens / Then why couldn’t You stop that car from crashing? / Forgive me, I’m just asking”

During our interview, Townes talks about the writing process for “Jersey on the Wall” saying: “There was something really special in that room that day. I feel like creativity, in general, is a very spiritual experience for me and that day was beautiful evidence of that. I had just been to a town in New Brunswick that had been through a really horrible accident that 5 of the kids in their high school, one of which had passed away, I kept in touch with them and flew there again and sat in the back of the gym for the High School graduation and saw Danielle’s Jersey hanging up on the wall and I said wow do I have questions for God.”

Townes has been including this tear-jerking track on her setlists for Dierks Bentley’s Burning Man Tour. We saw two stunning performances of it at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on July 26th and at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY on August 2nd.

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“Jersey on the Wall – I’m Just Asking” 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 First Impression: Dylan Scott Covers Keith Whitley on ‘An Old Memory’

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Fans of Dylan Scott know that the singer-songwriter always shares his love for classic county music during his live shows by speaking about his idols and singing covers of their songs. Country music extraordinaire, Keith Whitely is especially inspiring to the artist, leading him to release his own EP entitled An Old Memory, which serves as an ode to the late Whitely and his greatest hits. Scott pays tribute to Whitley’s music with exceptional covers of seven of his songs on his newest project, which premiered today.

The record begins with “Don’t’ Close Your Eyes.” The exquisite ballad fits Scott’s southern drawl and emotive voice perfectly, bringing new life to the special track. Similarly, the singer-songwriter’s rendition of “When You Say Nothing at All” is nothing short of extraordinary. He incites feelings in the listeners that one can only assume are the emotions that Whitely wanted to convey with the classic love song. We caught Scott’s live performance of the song, during his opening set for Chris Young at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey back in May.

The country crooner goes on to sing one of Whitely’s breakup songs, “I’m Over You,” which works well, despite being a stark departure from Scott’s usual relationship-oriented perspective in his own music. On the contrary, the singer delivers a stellar cover of a song right in his wheelhouse, with “Ten Feet Away.” The track depicts a romanticized encounter between strangers.

Continuing to pay tribute to his musical hero, Scott goes on to cover both “Miami, My Amy” and “Between an Old Memory and Me.” The former is probably the most upbeat song on the record, focusing on a catchy hook and chorus with clever word-play. The later, “Between an Old Memory and Me” is story-telling at its finest. Scott delivers it effortlessly, and it almost feels like it could have been an original.

To wrap up the record, Scott enlisted the help of Whitley’s wife, Lorrie Morgan on the final track, “Tell Lorrie I Love Her.” The recording artist is known for writing songs inspired by his relationship with his beautiful wife, Blair and it appears that his hero Whitley was cut from the same cloth, using his love life as his muse. The duet is arguably the most poignant and heartfelt song off the tribute record.

Overall, Scott did Whitely proud. He kept the authenticity of each and every song off the record while introducing contemporary country fans to classic, gritty, and enticing old-school country music. It’s clear that Whitely is a big inspiration to Scott, and we’re excited to see what is in store for him in the future.

Catch Scott on touring throughout the country through August. Head to dylanscottcountry.com for tickets and more information.

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An Old Memory 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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Brandon Ratcliff Releases Heartfelt New Song “Slow Down Hometown”

Slow Down HomeTown

Our very first Swag Spotlight of 2019, Brandon Ratcliff is delivering his emotions on a silver platter in his newest song entitled “Slow Down Hometown.” This marks the third new song from the rising country artist, who is currently working on his first debut record. “Slow Down Hometown” follows his debut single “Rules of Breaking Up” and the infectious “Number in My Phone.”

We first heard the new song, during an intimate set at a low-key New York City bar as part of a string of ‘Sofar Sounds’ shows. He explained, during the event that the track was near and dear to his heart, calling it a “love letter” to his hometown. Today, the singer-songwriter took to Instagram to express his gratitude for the new song, as well as, for Alison Krauss, who lent her vocals to the noteworthy track.

He shared on Instagram, “Growing up in a small town, I never really knew what it looked like to leave. Everything just felt right when I was there, all my friends and family were there, every pivotal memory or defining moment in my life was made there […] But when I picked up and tried to make this music thing work, all that went away. Most of the friends and family are still there, and the place is still ultimately what it was when I lived there, but my perspective has shifted… everything feels further away now. And I learned that everyone and everything changes, grows, or evolves and you either grow together or you grow apart. I wrote this song to try to explain what that feeling is like.”

“Slow down hometown / Why you gotta move so fast / Tell me why it feels like / I’m the only one looking back.”

The song shows Ratcliff’s more vulnerable side, expands his artistry and shows off his capabilities, proving exactly why we named him one of our 2019 Artists to Watch. We can’t wait to continue to watch his career blossom and champion his talent along the way. Catch him this September with Keith Urban in Las Vegas, and make sure to keep an eye out on his website, brandonratcliff.com for shows in a city near you.

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“Slow Down Hometown” 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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Ingrid Andress Keeps It Real With “We’re Not Friends”

We're Not Friends

Rising country artist, Ingrid Andress continues to pave her own path in the industry, relying on beautifully crafted lyrics and piercing vocals in each and every one of her released songs. So far, the songstress has released three stunning songs, including, “More Hearts Than Mine,” “Lady Like,” and “Both,” as well as, made her late-night and TODAY show debuts. Today, Andress gives us another impactful, thoughtful, and creative song to add to our music library called, “We’re Not Friends.”

Her newest song is as raw and relatable as it gets. It’s written from her perspective to a man she’s “with,” explaining to him that even though there might not be a label on their relationship, they most certainly are not friends.

She sings in the opening verse, “We’ve been lying to our ourselves / Acting like we’re something else / How’d we get in this masquerade / There’s a secret in your eyes / It’s the same one that’s in mine / Aren’t you tired of being this way?”

Andress wrote the song alongside prolific songwriters, AJ Pruis, Derrick Southerland, and Nate Cyphert. When we attended her exclusive showcase in NYC back in February, she talked about the song saying “I feel like everyone kind of like, on the verge of, I can’t really call it this now because it’s 2019 and it’s weird to say we are dating”.  “We’re Not Friends” is another song, where the singer-songwriter tells it like it is in the most ethereal, yet strong and touching way. She doesn’t sugarcoat the truth and makes sure her unique outlook is heard.

“We’re a kiss at 2 AM that tastes like wine / We’re a ride home in the dark with our fingers intertwined / You and me / Keep on trying to pretend / but you and me / Yeah we gotta admit / we’re an extra set of clothes on the bedroom floor / We’re a see you all the time / but still want to see you more / You and me / Keep trying to pretend / But you and me / We’re not friends.”

Andress’ vocals, songwriting, and overall refreshing talent is seemingly unparalleled in the industry right now. We look forward to more music and much deserved success from the artist. She embarks on her first European tour this fall. She will also perform at Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas on October 5th. For tickets and more information, head to ingridandress.com.

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“We’re Not Friends” 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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Canaan Smith Signs with Round Here Records & Releases “Beer Drinkin’ Weather”

Canaan Smith Beer Drinkin Weather

Singer-songwriter Canaan Smith had himself a Thursday, announcing that he signed with Florida Georgia Line’s newly launched record label, Round Here Records and releasing his first song since 2017, “Beer Drinking Weather”. The track is co-written by Smith, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of FGL and Corey Crowder.

“It’s always beer drinkin’ weather out here / We get it pouring like a storm out here / No there ain’t nothing better whenever we’re together / It’s beer drinkin’ weather out here” The song is comparable to an early Florida Georgia Line song, being all about good vibes and partying.

Announced earlier this week, Smith is the first artist signed to Round Here Records and according to a tweet by FGL, he will be the flagship artist of the record label. Although Hubbard and Kelley will remain on Big Machine Records, they look forward to championing artists like Smith who they truly believe in. The new venture is in addition to Tree Vibez Music, the duos publishing arm which was founded in 2015.

Smith released his debut album Bronco in 2015 which featured the hit single, “Love You Like That” that was certified platinum and hit number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Smith is currently on the Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour with FGL and has already been performing this song for us during his sets. Look out for releases of other new songs the 36-year old has been performing at his shows including “Country Boy Things” and “Poor Decisions”.

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“Beer Drinkin’ Weather” 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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Maren Morris Shares Romantic Vacation Clips in “The Bones” Music Video

Maren Morris The Bones Video

Country music powerhouse Maren Morris has been paving a road for females in the genre since her first single “My Church”. Not long after “GIRL” took the top spot on the charts, the singer-songwriter is back with another single to add to her resume of chart-topping hits.

“The Bones,” the second single off of Morris’ sophomore album GIRL, metaphorically compares the structure of a hearty building to the makings of a stable, successful relationship. Within stability, the importance of a robust foundation is substantial. Morris sings: “When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter // Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter // Let it rain ‘cause you and I remain the same // When there ain’t a crack in the foundation // Baby, I know any storm we’re facing // Will blow right over while we stay put // The house don’t fall when the bones are good.”

Written by Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, “The Bones’” video documents Morris and her country music singer-songwriter husband Ryan Hurd vacationing including intimate mockumentary-style footage in Hawaii from climbing waterfalls to reclining in the sun to visiting the infamous Road to Hana in Maui. The video instills a retro, vintage ambiance which makes you want to third wheel even more.

Morris wrote on Instagram, “The Road to Hana is beautiful but a hell of a trek… kind of like the most meaningful and lasting human relationships we get to have. This is our journey on film for “The Bones” directed by our friend Maui aficionado @AlexMFerrari,” with a shortened montage teasing the video.

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Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins Together Again on “Hell Right”

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Blake Shelton has already had quite the year. With his new songs “God’s Country” hitting Number 1 and “Dive Bar,” with Garth Brooks, Shelton has already had a lot of success on the charts. You may remember one of the Oklahoma native’s older Number 1 songs, “Hillbilly Bone” with Trace Adkins from 2009. Well, the guys are back at it again with their newest single off Shelton’s upcoming album, “Hell Right”.

The new tune, which features vocals from Adkins, was written by David Garcia, Brett Tyler, and Hardy. “The first time I ever heard ‘Hell Right,’ [producer] Scott Hendricks sent it over to me—and we had pretty much decided that we were finished recording for a while, and I wasn’t even thinking about it,” says Shelton in a recent press release. “About three-quarters of the way through the song, I decided, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not done recording. I’ve gotta go cut this song. It’s just so much fun and just so infectious.” Just like that, Shelton and Adkins were back in the studio again together recording another hit single.

We got to listen to the first part of the song before it was released and it had us on our toes wanting to hear the rest. Between the opening crickets, Adkins deep southern drawl, and Shelton’s ability to tell a great story, this song is sure to climb the charts.

“I decided it would be great to have Trace Adkins on this [song] just because he’s got that low, deep, big voice and he’s so great at the ad-lib stuff,” says Blake. “He just brings a certain quality to any recording that nobody else can touch.” We agree with Shelton, the depth that these two artists bring to this song is unlike any single we have seen released this year. Shelton is expected to release a full album but has said that he is really enjoying releasing singles to the fans one at a time and watching the reaction that comes with each one individually.

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“Hell Right” 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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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 8/16/19

It’s our favorite part of the week, New Music Friday!

This week we’ve got new music from Morgan Wallen ft. Diplo, Canaan Smith, Miranda Lambert, Ingrid Andress, Hunter Hayes, Blake Shelton ft. Trace Adkins, Seaforth, Carolyn Miller and so much more.

Check out all the new music and more on our Spotify New Country Music Playlist below and be sure to follow for updates each and every Friday:

 

 

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Can You Die From a Hangover? The Top 10 Hangover Cures

We’ve all been there before. It’s the morning after a big night and everything seems blurry. The room is spinning, your head is pounding, it hurts to concentrate, and bright lights? Keep them away! Whether you’ve just spent the night at your favorite concert or are powering through a long music festival weekend, we’re sharing some of our favorite hangover remedies.

  1. Never Drink On An Empty Stomach. It seems like a given, but sometimes we get so caught up in the night, that we forget to grab a bite to eat! Make sure to keep your stomachs full, especially with a meal that includes carbs, to soak up all the alcohol before indulging in a long night of drinking.
  2. Water. How come it seems reasonable to drink 6 beers, but 6 waters? No shot. Water is perhaps the most important part of a night of drinking and if you can manage to get a few cups down throughout the night, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.
  3. Rally Patch. After being introduced to the product early this summer, our team swears by it. Rally Patch is something you can easily grab on their website or on Amazon. Stick it on before you start drinking and leave on for up to 24 hours for the best results. It’s all-natural and packed with a ton of vitamins to maintain nutrient levels during and after drinking.
  4. Pickle Juice. Although it sounds weird, the salty electrolytes in pickles can help your body recover after a long night. Take a shot and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
  5. Greasy Food. Pizza, McDonalds, Chipotle, Bacon-Egg-and-Cheese, whatever your go-to is, sometimes the best cure is just to fill up on your favorite fatty foods.
  6. Pedialyte. Drinking Pedialyte before bed and as soon as you wake up can work wonders for a hangover. It was originally introduced as a dehydration drink for sick kids, but was quickly embraced as a hangover remedy for adults, something the brand recognizes and actively embraces. Grab some packets from Amazon or your local drugstore and leave them by your nightstand with a bottle of water before heading out.
  7. Painkillers. Tylenol. Advil, Ibuprofen, whichever you prefer pop two of these before drifiting off to sleep to help avoid that headache when you wake up.
  8. Liquid IV. The hydration multiplier is a potassium, sodium and glucose powder that is added to water, making it nearly three times as hydrating as plain water. Grab the packets on Amazon or on their site and add to your water bottle before, after or during drinking to stay hydrated.
  9. Sleep. At this point, rest is your best friend. Sometimes all your body needs is some time to recover, so if your schedule allows it stay in bed as long as you can and get as much sleep as possible.
  10. Hair-of-the-dog. When all else fails, get up and give it another go. Sometimes the one thing that saves us from that awful hangover, is to keep drinking! So grab your friends and head to your local bar for some brunch and a round of Bloody Mary’s!

 

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