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Thomas Rhett Gets Sentimental on “Remember You Young”

Thomas Rhett Remember You Young

As an artist, there’s nothing Thomas Rhett can’t do. He’s made us dance with “T-Shirt” and “Craving You”, he’s made us swoon with “Die a Happy Man”, and now he’s making us cry with his newest release, “Remember You Young.” Co-written by Rhett, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley, the track is a nostalgic one, recalling the younger days of his life and of those in it.

Today (April 19), Rhett took to Twitter to share the meaning of the song to him, “This song is about the moments with loved ones solidified in my mind forever. What my eyes will see even when we’re grandparents to our babies’ babies.”

Leading up to the release of “Remember You Young,” Rhett has been teasing the track on social media, posting old photos, adorable videos of his children, and snippets of the song’s poignant lyrics. There’s the shout out to his childhood friends who are all grown up, straight-laced and married now and the recollection of closing down college bars with his college sweetheart turned wife, Lauren Akins. However, it’s the verse dedicated to his children that’s sure to choke you up.

“And hey, babies, crawling on the carpet / No, you won’t be that little for long / One day, you’ll move away, but you’re still gonna stay / This innocent after you’re gone/ ‘Cause 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.”

Based on that verse alone, the song is sure to be played at weddings for years to come. This song should do for Rhett what “Die a Happy Man” did back in 2015, and further propel him into country superstardom. While Rhett shines on all types of tracks, it’s on the heartfelt and meaningful ballads that he’s at his best, and “Remember You Young” is no exception. The song will appear on Rhett’s forthcoming Center Point Road album, due out May 31.

Thomas Rhett will bring his Very Hot Summer Tour 2019 to Madison Square Garden on Friday, September 20, with supporting acts Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and his father, Rhett Akins. Tickets are available here.
 
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“Remember You Young” 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 4/19/19

It’s our favorite part of the week, New Music Friday! This week Thomas Rhett released another track from his highly anticipated album Center Point Road, entitled “Remember You Young”. Rodney Atkins also released another song from his forthcoming album, “Thank God For You”.  We also see new music from Leaving Austin, Love and Theft, Lucie Silvas, Carter Winter and Lucas Hoge.

Brantley Gilbert teams up with Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson, and Colt Ford on “Welcome to Hazeville” and Sheryl Crow records “Redemption Day” as a duet with the late Johnny Cash.

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Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael Duet on “Tennessee Whiskey”

Ashley McBryde Dillon Carmichael Tennessee Whiskey

ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Ashley McBryde shared the stage with Kentucky-born rising newcomer Dillon Carmichael during a radio station listener event in San Jose, California, and treated the audience to an infectious version of “Tennessee Whiskey.”  The track originally recorded by George Jones back in the ’70s was brought to life again most recently by Chris Stapleton. Both singer-songwriters McBryde and Carmichael are known for having a similar traditional country style roots like Stapleton, so it was extremely fitting that they showcased their voices to this song.

Carmichael began the song with his smooth, deep, Stapleton’esque voice, singing “Used to spend my nights out in a barroom/Liquor was the only love I’d known/But you rescued me from reachin’ for the bottom/And brought me back from being too far gone.”

The delicate sound to Carmichael’s voice complimented McyBryde’s powerful delivery of the high notes molded together for the chorus of “Tennessee Whiskey” creating a unifying and powerful performance.   A panoramic view in the video shows the audience singing along to the acoustic duet.

McBryde’s turn to blow the audience away came during the second verse, “I’ve looked for love in all the same old places/Found the bottom of a bottle always dry/But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it/Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high.”  The listeners carried the singers through the chorus, singing every word as loud as possible.  “Tonight was especially special for us,” McBryde graciously said, before asking the listeners to sing the chorus one more time.  An electric and soulful performance left the audience applauding and shouting for more.

McBryde recently announced that she is joining Miranda Lambert on her all-female tour Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour in October.  In addition to scheduled shows leading up to the tour, McBryde will be performing at CMA Festival in Nashville in June.   Carmichael, who was named Wide Open Country’s Rising Artist to Watch in 2019; released his brilliant debut album Hell on An Angel last year will be performing at the Faster Horses and Watershed festivals this summer.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and to keep up with Dillon Carmichael follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Caylee Hammack Sheds Light On Her “Family Tree” in Music Video

Caylee Hammack Family Tree

One of Capitol Records Nashville’s newest recording artists, Caylee Hammack is coming on to the scene full speed ahead with her music. Back in February, we were able to preview the newcomer at Country Radio Seminar, where she sang her debut single “Family Tree.” Over the weekend, the songstress premiered the music video for the track exclusively on CMT.

Sassy, fun, vibrant, and funky are just a few words that can be used to describe the essence of Hammack’s music. Her new music video fits that vibe perfectly. “Family Tree” draws inspiration from the songstress’ South Georgia roots and unapologetically describes family members and experiences in a creative and catchy tune. The music video features Hammack’s fiery personality, as she drives around in an old school car reminiscing about her relatives and life story so far.

Check out the charming video below.

In a recent press release, the singer-songwriter shared her creative process and pride for the video, even welcoming her future fanbase to her world. “I created this song about the people I love with the people I love, it’s been pretty special to have my Nashville family help me shed light on my Georgia family. I think this video really goes above and beyond in translating the song into a true visual experience. Welcome to the family, y’all!”

Keep an eye out for Hammack, as she will be performing at some major country music festivals this summer, including LakeShake Festival, Country Fest, Country Thunder Wisconsin, and Seven Peaks Festival. For tickets and more information head to cayleehammack.com. Additionally, the singer is slated to tour with country music heavy hitters, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Brothers Osborne later this year.

New Yorkers can catch Hammack on July 3rd at Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater in Farmingville, New York, accompanied by Lee Brice, Chris Jason, and Drew Baldridge.

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Adam Hambrick Puts His Own Spin on “Boys Of Summer” for ‘1 Mic 1 Take’

“I can see you / Your brown skin shining in the sun / You got the top pulled down
Radio on baby I can tell you my love for you will still be strong After the boys of summer have gone

Whether you know the original sung by Don Henley or the Ataris cover, “Boys of Summer” is an iconic song. Recently, up and coming country singer Adam Hambrick had the opportunity to cover the classic written by Henley and Mike Campbell in a new “1 Mic 1 Take”.

Recorded at the famous Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, in a very intimate setting, Hambrick shows us his vocal range while putting a country twist on the song. The artist shows us his appreciation of Garth Brooks by casually adding his name into the song. The original lyrics are, “Out on the road today/I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.” Instead of a “deadhead sticker”, the singer-songwriter changed the lyrics to “Garth Brooks sticker on a Cadillac”. Brooks’ album ‘No Fences” was a favorite of Hambrick’s growing up.

The video also highlights the guitar playing skills of the “Rockin’ All Night Long” singer as he was accompanied by an acoustic guitar, along with two members of his band. ‘“Boys of Summer” has always been a song I love to cover- hope I made Mr. Henley proud!”, the singer-songwriter shared in a recent press release.

This performance was a treat and shows why the talented singer is someone you’ll want to keep your eye on as we await his anticipated debut album. For all of the great covers for 1 Mic 1 Take click here.

Hambrick has a busy spring and summer ahead. He will not only be making appearances at Stage Coach and CMA Festival, but he will also be making his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 11th.

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Jason Aldean Looks Back In New “Rearview Town” Music Video

Jason Aldean Rearview Town

On the heels of receiving the prestigious ACM award for “Dick Clark Artist of the Decade” at the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month, Jason Aldean released a music video for his song “Rearview Town,’ the title track off his most recent record-breaking album. This award marks the recording artist’s eleventh ACM win.

In celebration of this momentous feat, the entertainer turned his music video for “Rearview Town” into a nostalgic and epic flashback of his life and career thus far. The video begins with images of Aldean as a child, eventually, the old photos fade into a current shot of Aldean, singing the lyrics to the song. Images from his past continue to float alongside him, including photos of the singer at early gigs at no-name bars. The look back includes flashbacks from sold-out shows, ACM wins, and award show performances. Although the visuals mostly include happy memories, Aldean makes sure to pay tribute to the horrific shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Festival, where he headlined the night of the tragedy. Flowers, photos and American flags from the tribute site are all featured as well.

Check out the video, produced by Shaun Silva below.

In a recent press release, Aldean explained the message he wants to convey to fans with his new video sharing, “The music video for ‘Rearview Town’ was a way to sort of sum up my career and personal life over the years. It’s a nod to looking back at what got you where you are today – good and bad – while looking forward down the road ahead.”

After headlining Tortuga Music Festival this past weekend and Stagecoach next week, Aldean kicks off his ‘2019 Ride All Night Tour’ at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The tour hits the New York/New Jersey area twice, first at PNC Bank Arts Center on May 18th and again, September 6th at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre. Tickets are available now. Aldean is bringing along talented singer-songwriters, Kane Brown and Carly Pearce as openers.

To Keep up with Aldean, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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The Country Songs That Are the Soundtracks Of Our Lives

As music lovers, the NYCountry Swag team and our writers have decided on songs that sum up their lives. We each picked a song that could be the soundtrack to our lives and explained why.

Soundtracks Of Our Lives

Stephanie Wagner, Founder

Pick: “Family Tree” – Caylee Hammack
Songwriters: Caylee Hammack, Gordie Sampson, Troy Verges

Caylee Hammack’s debut single, “Family Tree” is a song destined to be on everyone’s life soundtrack. The song gets real deep and personal, exposing all of the quirks of the people closest to Hammack, her family.

The chorus of the undeniably catchy tune is what makes the song most relatable “Real life can get real funny / We got more love than we got money / Some swing a little higher / Some’ll just hang low / A few of us are on fire to get out / And some just wanna stay home / but it don’t matter ‘cause our roots run deep / Ain’t nothing gonna shake our family tree”

Every family has their differences, but at the end of the day, no matter what, family is family. Through every chapter, through every phase of life, there’s one thing that doesn’t change and that’s your family tree. In the words of Caylee Hammack, “Through thick and thin, hell we’re still kin at the end of the day.”

 

Christina Bosch, Managing Editor 

Pick: “Stand” – Rascal Flatts
Songwriters: Danny Orton, Blair Daly

This song on Rascal Flatt’s 2006 album Me and My Gang has come through for me in some of the most difficult times of my life. It is an anthem for perseverance, finding the strength and power to move past life’s hardships and stand.

“‘Cause when push comes to shove / You taste what you’re made of / You might bend till you break / ‘Cause it’s all you can take / On your knees you look up / Decide you’ve had enough / You get mad, you get strong / Wipe your hands, shake it off / Then you stand”

The image of being on your knees, praying for the courage to face whatever life throws at you and then gaining that courage, resiliency and then standing up and making it through has always stuck with me. After losing a close family member when she was very young, I heard this song a few months later at CMAFest, my very first trip to Nashville, and it was given a whole new meaning. I even went the next day and got “Then you stand” tattooed on my hip. It is a song that will always give me peace and a reminder of how strong you can be.

 

Dylan Bestler, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band
Songwriters: Niko Moon, Wyatt Durrette, Zac Brown

A simple song about how Brown loves the town where he grew up. I always loved this song because of how my town sounds like his. I have lived in the small town of Williston Park, NY my whole life and I would not have wanted it any other way.

When I was growing up, summer was centered around our little league. Me and the friends I have had since kindergarten would spend our days at the pool and our nights at the field; the two were only separated by a fence. After the games, we’d roam around our town’s mile radius with nothing to do but time to kill.

Our travel baseball team, the Williston Park Patriots stayed together for eight years. After a one year hiatus, we got almost the whole team back together to play slow pitch softball under the same team name. We even got our old coach to play with us. I love everything about Williston Park and am so proud of my roots.

 

Jeremy Chua, Contributing Writer 

Pick: “Riser” – Dierks Bentley
Songwriters: Steve Moakler, Travis Meadows

This song was the first song I thought of when I heard the phrase “soundtrack of your life.” “Riser” is, as I call, my life anthem. Even before its release, when I watched clips of Dierks Bentley performing it live on YouTube, I resonated to it. This was the one song some of my closest friends loved, including a dear big brother from Church. We used it to close one of our youth sessions and, when he passed suddenly, this same song helped me cope with the loss. The lyric “when I don’t know what I’m doing and can fake it, I’ll pray to Jesus who rolls away the stone” always hits home with me. As cheesy as it sounds, “Riser” really pushes me in the best way possible, to rise above every adversity with country music and the Good Lord by my side.

 

Julia Grubbs, Contributing Writer 

Pick: “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack
Songwriters: Luke Bryan, Luke Laird, Rodney Clawson

This song encourages exploration, growth, and fighting to reach your dreams. Even while working hard, you can’t forget to live in the moment and just dance. As a dancer, hearing this song helps me remember why I do what I do, and continue to keep pursuing my dream and enjoy the journey.

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder / You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger / May you never take one single breath for granted / God forbid love ever leave you empty handed / I hope you dance”

 

Abby Kaye-Phillips, Contributing Writer 

Pick: “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” – Gary Allan
Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Alan Warren

I feel things very intensely, which is great when things in my life are great, but not so good when things are hard. When everything feels like it’s going wrong in my life it’s easy to think it will stay that way, but this song a great reminder that no matter what, there is always a point where things get better.

 

Rebekah Milsted, Contributing Writer 

Pick: “Fast” – Luke Bryan
Songwriters: Larry Bastian, Patrick Alger, Garth Brooks

“Sixty seconds now feels more like thirty / Tick-tock, won’t stop, around it goes / Tick-tock, won’t stop, around it goes / Sand through the glass sure falls in a hurry / And all you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in / Keep trying to make the good times last as long as you can / But you can’t, man/It just goes too fast”

“Fast” by Luke Bryan is my pick because life truly does go by fast, one minute you were in college living with your best friends and now you’re coming up on your second year of marriage. The song teaches you to live in the moment and enjoy what’s in front of you.

 

Tricia Murdy, Contributing Writer 

Pick: “Unanswered Prayers” – Garth Brooks
Songwriters: Larry Bastian, Patrick Alger, Garth Brooks

If I had to choose a country song that sums up my life, something that really defines me… it would be “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks. This is a timeless classic but still resonates with me every day. There are so many moments where I wanted things to go a certain way and prayed for the outcome that I desired. Things didn’t go the way I wanted and at the time I was disappointed or sad and questioned everything. I can’t even count how many times I’ve referenced this song to someone when things weren’t going how they wanted or even in my own life where I’ve needed to give myself a pep talk. It’s not always easy in those moments to understand why things don’t go the way you planned or the way you want. It sometimes takes months, sometimes years to really become clear to me why things didn’t turn out the way I’d wanted in that moment. Things worked out the way they were supposed to – the way God intended them to, not necessarily how I thought they should have.

“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers / Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs /  And just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care/Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers”

Always in hindsight, it has been abundantly clear why it didn’t pan out how I wanted it to and in those moments, I am beyond thankful for those unanswered prayers. Maybe when you have those moments and you want something so desperately, just think about those lyrics and have faith your situation will work out just as it’s meant to.

 

Nicole Piering, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” – Gary Allan
Songwriters: Tommy Lee James and Cynthia Evelyn Thomson

When I began listening to country music, the first concert I ever attended was Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, with Eric Church and Gary Allan as openers. It was during that show that I first heard Allan’s “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” written by Tommy Lee James and Cynthia Evelyn Thomson.

While the song may seem sad initially, the more you listen to it, there’s a bittersweet quality that has stuck with me ever since I first heard it. Through good times and bad, it’s a song and a set of lyrics that I’ve always gone back to, making it the perfect song for the soundtrack of one’s life. Here, Allan reminds listeners that “The struggles make you stronger/ And the changes make you wise/ And happiness has its own way of takin’ its sweet time.” His voice is full of gravelly emotion on the tender ballad, as he sings one of my all-time favorite lines from any song, “Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.”

 

Olivia Reese, Contributing Writer

Pick: “American Honey” – Lady Antebellum
Songwriters: Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Shane Stevens

“American Honey” by Lady Antebellum is one of my all time favorite songs. It was always very relatable to me, as I grew up at a house on the edge of town in a more rural area surrounded by corn fields.  Across the street from my very long driveway was a church, with real bells, that would ring every morning and the line

“She grew up on a side of the road/Where the church bells ring and strong love grows/She grew up good/She grew up slow/Like American honey” stood out to me from the first time I heard the song. Now that I’m older I frequently think about living there and sometimes wish I could go back, “There’s a wild, wild whisper
Blowin’ in the wind/Callin’ out my name like a long lost friend/Oh I miss those days as the years go by/Oh nothing’s sweeter than summertime/And American hone,” which has given the song a new meaning, to me. 

Mikayla Sauber, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Don’t Blink” – Kenny Chesney
Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Chris Wallin

“Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney is a song I relate to because I am starting to realize just how fast life goes by. It seems like yesterday I was a little kid helping out on my family farm and now I’m finishing my last couple weeks of sophomore year of college.

Every part of the song speaks to me but the part which sticks out the most is “Best start putting first things first / Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand / you can’t flip it over and start again / take every breath God gives you for what it’s worth / Don’t blink.”

I try my best each day to live by these lyrics as life continues to fly by faster than we even know. You need to live in the moment, follow what is most important to you, and don’t wish, or blink, your life away because one day you’ll be wondering where your time went and realizing you blinked it away too fast. You think you have all the time in the world to do your desires and dreams, but you never really know how long you have, and you have to take each moment for what it’s worth.

 

Julia Singer, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Dime Store Cowgirl” – Kacey Musgraves
Songwriters: Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally

I may not be from Golden, Texas, but I would consider Kacey Musgraves’, “Dime Store Cowgirl” to be the soundtrack to my life. This is one of the songs that made me fall in love with country music and reminds me to stay grounded and true to myself, regardless of where life takes me. No matter what I’m going through in life, putting this song on instantly cheers me up. This song helps me be able to appreciate all of the adventures I’ve been on in life, while also remembering my hometown– and the people and places that made me who I am. “It don’t matter where I’m goin’ / I’ll still call my hometown home.”  “Dime Store Cowgirl” is one of those songs that I can always count on to brighten my day and remind me to think of the important things in life.

 

Shanna Vitaliano, Contributing Writer

Pick: “Livin’ Part of Life” – Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Liz Rose, Walt Wilkins

The song that I chose for the soundtrack of my life is “Livin’ Part of Life” by Eric Church.  This song has been a staple on my playlist for as long as I can remember.  It reminds me not to take life too seriously, and to take some time to relax and enjoy the simple things in life: such as lounging on a front porch enjoying the breeze or going fishing.  It is easy to get caught up in our day to day life, so I feel this song is the perfect reminder to stop worrying about the long “to-do” lists and to leave your troubles behind.  As Church says in the song its time to “kick back and get high, on the livin’ part of life“.

 

Erica Zisman, Contributing Writer

Pick: “This One’s For The Girls”
Songwriters: Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Hillary Lindsey

My favorite songs are the ones that give me the words to what I’m going through or what I’ve been through – those songs that you have a personal connection with. Martina McBride is one of those artists that sings those types of songs. “This One’s For The Girls” is one of the songs that I have had on replay for several years and almost always fits the stage of life I am in. It is definitely a song I would label as the “Soundtrack to My Life.”

“This one’s for the girls / Who love without holdin’ back / Who dream with everything they have / All around the world / This one’s for the girls.”

Those lyrics are some of the most touching lyrics because it reminds us all that it is okay to be a dreamer and to give life everything you have, even when facing adversity.

 

Cover photo courtesy of UMG Pressroom and Photo Credit: Anthony DAngio

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Carrie Underwood Inducts Kelsea Ballerini into Grand Ole Opry

Kelsea Ballerini Opry Induction

Photo Credit: @Opry Via Instagram

Just four years after her Grand Ole Opry debut on February 14, 2015, Kelsea Ballerini has joined the royal family of country music. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Ballerini wrote her first song at only 12 years old and moved to Nashville to pursue writing and performing three years later.

Of all the incredible women in country that have shaped who she is as an artist, Ballerini credits Carrie Underwood as one her biggest influences and inspirations. It was therefore fitting that the American Idol alumn surprised fans Tuesday night (April 16.) to make Ballerini’s induction official. “This is the heart and soul of country music, the family,” said an emotional Underwood, “Welcome to the family.”

Ballerini echoed the sentiment in a tear-filled speech thanking the Opry, her family, and her friends for giving her a home. “It’s so nice and comforting to know that no matter where life takes me…and whatever happens, that I can always come here and I can always play country music.” The two female powerhouses then joined forces for a special duet, a cover of Opry legend Trisha Yearwood’s, “Walkaway Joe”.

Of the 26 artists and groups inducted into the Grand Ole Opry since 2000, Ballerini is only the fifth woman. At a time when female and male artists alike are taking notice and speaking out about the lack of equal representation of women in country music, choosing to have Underwood induct the newest member undoubtedly held special significance, not just for Ballerini, but for the country community.

One of the beautiful traditions of the Opry is that invitations are offered by existing members live from the wooden circle. Earlier this year, Little Big Town joined Ballerini for a duet, but instead of finishing the phrase of the song, they harmonized an invitation to the shocked songstress. “I thought getting to sing ‘Girl Crush’ was the biggest present in the world,” Ballerini said. Turns out she was wrong!

With the first handful of shows on the Miss Me More Tour behind her (her first as a headliner) Ballerini has already had quite the week. She is also set to open for Luke Bryan later this year on one stop of his Sunset Repeat Tour. Congrats, Kelsea, you earned it!

 

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The Cadillac Three’s New Party Song “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys”

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The Cadillac Three have returned with a new single for the first time since their last album in 2017 Legacy. “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” was released last Friday (4/12) and celebrates the life out on the road, performing for thousands of fans and then sitting back after a long night and enjoying a beverage. The track becomes a checklist for what’s needed to have a good time including tunes, ice, coolers, and cold beer.

As the weather finally starts to warm up, “Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys” will definitely put you in the mood for ice cold beers and summer nights. The song was written by band members, Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray, and Neil Mason along with their road traveling crew consisting of Jefferson Brown, Benjamin Dunn, Brandon Wootten, and Chris Grainger while on the tour bus.

In the music video to accompany the new song, the trio is shown on stage at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, performing the track, holding up beers with the crowd during their energetic live show. Check out the video below.

“Our band and crew have this ongoing joke about how it’s time to ‘crack some cold one with the boys’ so we ran with that,” drummer Neil Mason tells Rolling Stone.  The song was finished an hour or two later so … we drank some beers!”

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“Crackin’ Cold Ones with the Boys” 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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