NYCS First Impression: Rob Baird ‘After All’

Rob Baird

It’s been few years since Rob Baird’s last album, Wrong Side of the River was released. On Jan 11th the fourth studio album by the Memphis, TN native, After All, hit the shelves describing a fast and hard relationship in where Baird co-wrote ten tracks, making it deeply personal.

Baird writes an unfiltered and unapologetic 10 album track about that relationship leaving nothing unsaid. The project reflects on all the stages of grief from the loss of a partner and ultimately closes out with retrospect and peace.

This album for Baird, now based in Austin, took a year and a half to perfect – and it was worth all the wait. There’s the desperate pleading in “Give me Back my Love” (We all got love that never made sense/we all got love we never could keep) an unforgettable sound in the sexy yet angry track “Ain’t Going Back To You” (Even when I can’t give up every piece of us/I’d rather turn to dust) and some hostility in “Greedy Eyes” (Their never satisfied/always wanting more). The smoothness of Baird’s vocals and the use of both acoustic and electric guitars help set the tone for this album.

Baird does have his share of songs content with the end of the relationship and the hope for the future. The title track “After All” describes the ultimate end the singer knew was coming yet his final song on the album “Best That I Was” perfectly sums up the story told throughout these 10 songs. Baird’s perfect rasp allow any listener to live the emotion in the singer-songwriter’s words ‘Now I can trust/All that was us/ was the best that I was’.

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NYCS First Impression: Carlton Anderson Self-Titled EP

It’s rare to accidentally discover a new artist and find yourself immediately captivated, wishing there was more than just three songs available on Spotify. However, this was this case when I stumbled upon Arista Nashville artist Carlton Anderson’s debut EP, released January 11. Featuring three songs, the collection is the perfect introduction for Anderson, displaying both a sizable voice, a recognizable style, and a bit of variety.

The Cypress, Texas native released his debut single, “Drop Everything,” in May 2018, and that track is the third in this collection. It’s a fun up-tempo inviting a woman to drop everything, including both her plans and her man to be with him. “I don’t see a ring on your pretty little hand,” Anderson croons confidently, and you have to wonder how many times this line has worked for him. The song, co-written by Rhett Akins, Matthew Dragstem and Ashley Gorley, should certainly make its way to country radio in the near future.

The first track on the EP is “Country Music Made Me Do It,” co-written by Jessi Alexander, and John and T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne. The influence of Brothers Osborne is incredibly apparent here stylistically and that’s not a bad thing. Anderson blames country music on why he didn’t make it home to the woman in his life and this tongue-in-cheek explanation is sure to have you singing along. Lyrically and stylistically, this song seems the most familiar, probably due to the fact that it could have easily been on Brothers Osborne’s record. However, Anderson offers his own spin, and the results are fantastic.

Rounding out the EP is “Keep Abilene Beautiful,” a ballad that shows another side of Anderson. The track tells of getting back to where you came from, and it was co-written by Anderson, Tony Lane, and Tom Douglas. On the ballad, his voice is strong and emotive as he pleas, “Keep Abilene beautiful, baby.” Anderson took to his Facebook page to share a bit about the writing process. “I had some memories of some time I spent out in Los Angeles, a place I knew I had no business being, and with a little from each of our stories, the song came together. I threw out a verse that neither one of them hated and just tried not to say anything stupid the rest of the write. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t from Abilene, or if you couldn’t even point it out on a map of Texas. This song is about getting back to where you belong, with the ones you love.”

With a unique mix of contemporary and classic, Carlton Anderson’s debut collection of songs is a must-listen. We expect big things from him, and he’s already well on his way. Anderson made his Grand Ole Opry Debut on the same day he released his EP, January 11. Additionally, he’s currently opening select dates for Aaron Watson and will appear at Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California on Friday, April 20.

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NYCS First Impression: Randy Houser ‘Magnolia’

Randy Houser Magnolia

 

After a three year hiatus, country music recording artist Randy Houser has released his fifth studio album entitled Magnolia. The record features perfectly crafted lyrics, instrumentals, and vocals from start to finish. Each of the 12 tracks were co-written and co-produced by the singer, making this his most personal project to date.

The inspiration for the album is just as unique and interesting as each song. According to a recent press release, Houser chose to focus on a different path and sound, setting up camp in East Nashville at his friend and co-producers Keith Gattis’ studio. Each track was heavily influenced by the singer-songwriter’s own experiences, growing up in ‘The Magnolia State’ also known as Mississippi. Every song off the LP feels fresh, organic, and stripped down, keeping Houser’s gritty and commanding vocals at the forefront.

The album begins with Houser’s said to be, favorite song off the record, called “No Stone Unturned”. The track packs a quiet punch, with the cool guitar riffs that are constant, but it’s the entertainer’s vocals and relatable lyrics that really shine. Houser seeks out his path in life, as he reflects on his current journey throughout the song.

The next two songs on the album feature female counterparts. The talented Lucie Silvas lends her vocals to the beautiful “Our Hearts,” while, Hillary Lindsay duets with Houser in the heartbreaking, “What Whiskey Does”. The latter happens to be the lead single off the record. Both songs are polar opposites lyrically and sonically; however, are still two of the more powerful songs off the record.

Houser continues to play with the gamut of emotions in another track entitled “What Leaving Looks Like”. Another poignant break-up song, Houser showcases his artistry, as he deals with the feelings associated with knowing that his lover is leaving and the relationship is coming to an end. The ballad will leave listeners awestruck. “This ain’t my first ride / So come on and make it hurt / Do your best and do your worst / Put me through hell,” he croons.

Other highlights off the record include the honky-tonk inspired song “Whole Lotta Quit.” The upbeat track is radio-friendly, faster-tempo, and feels similar to Houser’s smash hit “How Country Feels,” from his 2013 album of the same name. Additionally, the track “New Buzz” is worth mentioning too. The song features backing vocals and guitar assistance from TJ and John of Brothers Osborne. The catchy chorus and enticing rhythm adds a different dynamic to the record.

Overall, Houser showcases true artistry with Magnolia, proving that he doesn’t need to rely on overproduction to create a great body of work. Houser shared in a recent press release that “Magnolia has been my beacon of light and restored my spirit and my truth. It’s also the most daring and honest piece of work I’ve made in my life,” and that truly shines through on each track.

Magnolia 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.

Next up, Houser will play a series of shows and appearances in major cities such as Nashville, Los Angeles, and Dallas. Houser hits New York City on January 15th for Nash FM’s 94.7 special Up Close and Country segment at HMH State 17th. Win tickets from NY Country Swag for the exclusive event here.

 

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NYCS First Impression: Mitchell Tenpenny ‘Telling All My Secrets’

Mitchell Tenpenny Telling All My Secrets

Back on December 1st, 2017 New York Country Swag hosted a Swag Session with a singer-songwriter, Mitchell Tenpenny.  Since then, New York City fans have sold out the venue where he played in August 2018 and have anticipated this record along with the rest of the country.  The Nashville native started like most country singers, honing his voice in the choir at church but then turned to hard-core rock music as he was the lead singer or “screamer” in his high school band. Eventually, his songwriting skills led him to try out a different genre, the one where he is now gearing up for the release of his album, Telling All My Secrets.

Telling All My Secrets, available everywhere today is a culmination of years of Tenpenny writing and preparing for his first major-label release. All 12 tracks were co-written by the rising country artist, and tell his unique story to country music fans. Previously releasing a self-titled EP back in February, followers of Tenpenny are already familiar with four of the songs that made the cut for the full-length project, including “Truck I Drove in High School”, “Alcohol You Later”, the wildly popular, “Bitches” and his debut single to country radio “Drunk Me” which has just hit the number one spot on the charts.

Tenpenny fills out the rest of the project with tracks that are relatable while his incredible, unique vocal ability set him apart from the other acts popular in the genre right now.  Telling All My Secrets has break-up songs like the mid-tempo “Somebody Ain’t You” which focuses on not being able to forget your ex and move on or “I Get The Picture” tells the story of seeing your ex with someone new, an occurrence that is all too common thanks to social media.  Referencing in the lyrics “It’s like you wanted me to really feel that heartbreak / Like you knew I’d see the writing on your wall” which could easily mean a Facebook wall and “And if a picture is worth a thousand words baby, you just said it all / It’s like you want the whole wide world to see you’re happy / Like you need to prove to me that you’ve moved on / and while I’m burning every real one that you left me, this one won’t get gone” hinting at a digital photo on Instagram.

The rising star shines, however, on the tracks that admit vulnerability when in a relationship. “Somebody’s Got Me” and “Telling All My Secrets” highlight his songwriting abilities while letting go of stereotypes that men often face. The former has touching lines like “Making sure she feels safe in arms / fighting for the flame when your feeling that spark” while the latter encompasses Tenpenny’s urge to let the world in on his inner workings, a soulful songwriter not afraid to expose his true feelings to a soulful vibe.

Tenpenny’s delivery throughout the album is impeccable, whether singing about his heart breaking or confessing he is completely smitten, you believe every emotion is genuine.

Telling All My Secrets 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: Brett Young ‘Ticket To L.A.’

Brett Young - Ticket to L.A.

Since the release of his self-titled debut album, Brett Young has been one of country music’s fastest rising stars. Today released the highly anticipated follow-up, Ticket to L.A., produced by Dann Huff and Jimmy Harnen, only furthering his future superstardom. With a soulful voice and a penchant towards heart-wrenching ballads, Young has that undefinable X-factor. His music stands out in the sea of sameness that sometimes plagues other young male country singers, combining powerful lyrics, different tempos, and the delivery of a true storyteller.

“I decided to name the album Ticket to L.A. because flying home to Los Angeles has become such a big part of my life,” Young revealed in a statement to RollingStone.com. “A lot of the first record reflected a kind of hard point in my life when I was moving from Los Angeles to Nashville, but I’m in a completely different place now. I’m so happy, and I think you can really hear that shift on the new record.”

Young co-wrote 10 of the album’s 13 tracks, including the opening title track and the album’s first single, “Here Tonight”. Of the single, Young revealed to entertainment-focus.com “‘Here Tonight’ is about those moments, if you’re lucky enough to have them in your life, that are so good that you wish they could last forever. It’s very light—intentionally—and sonically it’s upbeat. That doesn’t exist as much on the first album, so I wanted to showcase a bit more versatility this time around. I think it’s the perfect way to cap off the summer.”

While Young can do uptempo with the best of them, he truly shines on the mid-tempos and ballads. “Catch” is a highlight of the album, both lyrically and musically as seen in the video above from an early sneak peek of the track during a special Nash FM 94.7 Up Close & Country event. Co-written by Young, Ashley Gorley, and Ross Copperman, “Catch” is about a person who unexpectedly changes your life. The writers here use the word “catch” creatively, formulating a masterful chorus, “I thought that I’d catch a buzz, catch a game / Catch up with the boys the same old thing / Catch a cab back to my place / But then I saw your face / Now you got me trying to / Catch you a ride, catch your name / Catch a spark and start a flame.”

One of the album’s highlights is “Chapters,” which features Young’s idol and mentor, Gavin DeGraw. The track, co-written by Young, Copperman, and DeGraw, is a reflection on the various chapters of one’s life, including Young’s idolization of his father and his baseball career-ending injury. “Every page you’ve turned/ is a lesson learned / and we all, and we all/ just trying to get it right/ These are the chapters of my life, DeGraw adds the last verse of the song, and his background vocals on the final chorus of the song compliment Young’s perfectly, and this is truly a magical musical moment.

Other highlights of the album, include “Change Your Name” (Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins, Jon Nite), which should become a huge wedding song. Alternatively, there’s the heart-breaking “The Ship And The Bottle,” (Nicolle Galyon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite) about letting someone go, as to not hold them back. The ship and the bottle metaphor is used exceptionally throughout this track, perfectly conveying the song’s sad sentiment. “You just might have to break me/ to do what you’re meant to do/ You’re the ship, I’m the bottle/ And I can’t do that to you.” Additionally, the subtle use of a phrase from The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” is a unique and clever way to conclude the track.

The album closes with “Don’t Wanna Write This Song,” a melancholy ballad co-written by Young, Zach Crowell and “Mercy” co-writer, Sean McConnell. “Maybe the hardest part/ Is we didn’t break this heart/ Nobody cheated or lied/ I still have to live with goodbye/ But how can I just move on?/ I’ve loved you for way too long/ I don’t want to admit that you’re gone/ I don’t want to write this song.” While this may immediately seem like a breakup song, the lyrics go so much deeper, and the album’s last verse are sure to raise goosebumps as Young deals with the ultimate loss.

With an undeniable talent for turning a phrase and an unmatched voice, Young is poised for hit after hit with this new album. There’s no sign of a sophomore slump here, and on Ticket to L.A, Brett Young offers an utterly delightful and delicious piece of perfectly-crafted pop country.

Ticket to L.A. 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: Adam Wakefield ‘Gods & Ghosts’

Adam Wakefield

Adam Wakefield’s anticipated album Gods & Ghosts was released this past Friday. The Voice season 10 contestant has put varied tracks together that represent his roots. It has a mix of bluegrass, rock n’ roll, and soulful melodies that show it’s coming from the heart.

Wakefield decided to come to Nashville and try his luck in the music business. He and his girlfriend drove down in their van. Starting a bluegrass group when he arrived in Nashville, he started writing more and more. Thankfully an opportunity came about when a scout for The Voice heard him play at Soulshine Pizza and then invited him to audition. Making it to the finals of Season 10, America only had a small taste of what Wakefield was capable of.

This album has proven Wakefield’s vocal ability and songwriting that shows a personal and embracing point of view. Starting out with a track that stood out the most was “Cheap Whiskey & Bad Cocaine” because of the lyrics: “I ain’t ever been on the radio, barely got a dime to my name. Never walked down no red carpet, never had my 15 minutes of fame. But I know in my heart I could be a star.” It’s a classic country song showcasing his humble roots. Followed by the album title track “Gods & Ghosts” that perfectly ties the album together. It’s a love song that shows his intimate yet vulnerable side.  In “Good Morning Sunday”, Wakefield’s vocal performance showcases a vibrant, warm feeling while the lyrics allow the listener to always hope for better days.

All of these tracks on the album show his poetic songwriting ability of what it means to be an artist. You can listen to Gods & Ghosts everywhere today, make sure to give it a listen below.

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NYCS First Impression: Tucker Beathard ‘Nobody’s Everything’

Tucker Beathard, "Nobody's Everything" / Photo courtesy of The Greenroom PR

Tucker Beathard, “Nobody’s Everything” / Photo courtesy of The Greenroom PR

“Sometimes following your heart means not knowing where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, who’s going with you, when it’ll pay off or when it’ll make sense as to why you followed it in the first place.” This is the sentiment expressed by country singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard today via his Twitter, about his journey to album release day. After a less than easy journey to “make it” in country music, his debut album, Nobody’s Everything is finally available. The record is truly one of a kind and an inside look into Beathard’s feelings and growth as not only an artist and musician, but as a human being.

The first half of a two part album was released today which features nine tracks, including “Leave Me Alone”, which the singer dropped a music video for earlier in this week. The second part of the LP is slated to drop early 2019, with nine more songs to look forward to. Beathard depicts the independent album as authentic to who he is, which one can attribute to the project’s refreshing sound, story-telling lyrics, and overall vibe.

The record is the entertainer’s unapologetic take on the events he has experienced in his life, beginning with the first track entitled “Ride On”. The song encourages listeners to keep the past in the past and continue to “Ride On” to one’s soul’s journey. Co-written by Beathard, it is easy to see how his experiencing becoming an independent artist inspired the lyrics: “I always act like I don’t care / When the black tops go nowhere / Keep my head down, tough it out, don’t think about how life ain’t fair / And Ride On”.

With a similar lyrical vibe of “Leave Me Alone,” a therapeutic and emotive track about wanting closure, “Hate It” is another heartbreaking song, where the singer tries to work through feelings of still wanting a broken relationship. The song is another example of a track, where Beathard pours his heart out, singing some of the most honest lyrics that can be written. “I just don’t want to see you with anyone, but me / Now I can barely breathe, drowning in my jealousy/ I know, I never been the kind to leave my heart out on the line / it’s too damn hard to fake it and keep saying that I’m fine / I hate it / I still love you and I hate it”

Keeping with the theme of honesty, “This Life” follows “Hate It,” as the second to last song on the record. Beathard premiered a music video for the vulnerable track with Billboard today. Check out the video above. Although the song can be about a lot of different circumstances, for the singer, his inspiration stemmed from being a teenager in the music industry, who was susceptible to “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”. This song is real, raw, and emotional, exactly what country music is all about.

Finally, Beathard closes the record out with the heartfelt, “How Gone Will I Go”. The beautiful notion about this track is that it can be applied to some many facets of life and, depending what a person’s going through, it can evoke a different type of message and emotion for each person. “I’ll be back, sure goes with denial / It’s so easy to say, to tell me why I ain’t so / How gone will I go? (3x) / Tell me I ain’t that gone”

Overall, Nobody’s Everything may be one the most honest and raw albums that have been released this year. Beathard’s musical ability and songwriting talent, far surpasses that of any former released songs by the artist. He has entered a different realm of artistry, that we can only hope will continue, during ‘Part 2’ of the record. Follow Beathard’s journey on social media and head to tuckerbeathard.com for future tour information.

Nobody’s Everything 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: Kip Moore ‘Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions’

Kip Moore Room to Spare

 

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Kip Moore delivered on a promise he made to loyal fans who yearned for an acoustic project from the artist. Today, the entertainer dropped an acoustically-driven EP, entitled Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions. The record features six new beautifully crafted tracks, with lyrics co-penned mostly by Moore that will tug at any listener’s heartstrings, as well as, a stripped-down version of the singer’s previously released song “Plead the Fifth.”

Moore has a reputation for having a way with words and a unique, but still distinctly country sound, which is evident throughout the songs on the EP. Each track has a beautiful melody, showcasing the singer’s raspy and cutting vocals. The third track on the record “Love You to the Moon” is Moore’s funky take on a love song, where the lovers aren’t able to be in the same place right now. Although stripped down, the song has a unique beat and a chorus that will be stuck in listener’s heads in no time. “It don’t matter where I’m at / We’re stuck together like a zodiac / Baby I’m coming home soon / I love you to the moon.

Another highlight is “Wish It Was Me.” The juxtaposition between the sweet instrumentals and Moore’s soothing voice verses the heartbreaking lyrics is so special. This song needs to be added on everyone’s playlist. The lyrics tell the story from the singer’s point of view, as he tells his ex who has moved on, that she is going to miss him. “Girl theres gonna come a day / When you have to look away / When he’s whispering your name / You’re gonna wish it was me.

The song “Part of Growing Up” closes out the record, perfectly bookending the heartfelt project. Moore illustrates his journey and experiences, growing up, sharing both positive and negative moments in life. The song does not sugar coat real-life challenges but is still uplifting at the same time. “Some doors are open / more shut / I’ve had some dreams that turned to dust / Yeah life has hit me just because it can / but daddy ain’t/ but that’s all part of growing up.” The message is clear that as long as we yearn for learning and experiences, we will always still be growing up.

The singer humbly announced the release of Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions on his Twitter, earlier today, sharing “You guys have been asking for an acoustic project for years & most of these songs were buried for years… I’m stoked you guys get to finally hear them.” Moore did not disappoint with this record, as it truly is an inside look at what is in the singer’s heart and soul.

Traditionally following a headlining tour such as Moore’s, ‘After the Sunburn’ tour, the singer will play a few additional acoustic shows for diehard fans of his music. In honor of those fans and the new record, the singer-songwriter will embark on a limited tour to celebrate, kicking off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 29th. Lucky fans will be able to experience the new tracks live at a few special shows. For more information and tickets, head to kipmoore.net.

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NYCS First Impression: Kane Brown ‘Experiment’

Kane Brown Experiment

 

It’s been two years, since Kane Brown rose to country music stardom, with the release of his self-titled debut album. Since then, the singer-songwriter has only garnered more and more fans and continues to push the envelope with his artistry and blur the lines of musical genres with his songs, finding inspiration in R&B, soul, pop, and even rock music. Brown’s sophomore album, Experiment, which officially dropped today, blends those influences into a country album that only he could deliver.

Similar to his previous album, Brown’s new project is filled with tear-jerkers, anthems, and everything in between. Properly named, the record truly is the singer’s culmination of his experiences and the experimentation of different sounds and arrangements. The 12 track LP is filled with songs that anyone can relate to, dance to, sing along to, and appreciate.

Experiment begins with“Baby Come Back To Me.” which features an infectious beat that will keep any listener tapping their feet or bopping their head along to the music. The sultry track is the singer’s plea to a partner to come back to him, and a promise to change his seemingly worrisome ways. “Don’t go throwing that away / I need you so damn bad / Baby come back to me / Give me one more chance / One more chance to be- to be a better man / This don’t have to be- goodbye / Don’t do this to me, tonight / Please come back to me / Baby come back to me.”

Brown transitions effortlessly, into his recently released track, and potential single, “Good As You”, a love song to his wife and the backdrop to their picturesque wedding. The heartfelt lyrics showcase Brown’s signature smooth vibe, and fit his vocals perfectly, as he confesses his love and admiration for his now, wife. The chorus is catchy and will be stuck in your head in no time.

Another notable track on the record is the heart-wrenching, “It Ain’t You It’s Me.” In this song, Brown continues to tap into a gamut of emotions, as he explores the feelings associated with dealing with a break-up. The recent American Music Award winner puts a unique twist on dealing with heartache, bitterness, and moving on. “It ain’t you that’s been going through hell / It ain’t you with a heart for sale / It ain’t you riding around this town with a ghost in the shotgun seat / It ain’t you that’s been trying to call / It ain’t you that still misses it all / You ain’t the one that can’t move on- still holding memories / It ain’t you, it’s me.” For fans who prefer fun-loving, radio-friendly songs from Brown, like “Found You” and “Hometown,” Experiment has that too. “One Night Only” is a cheeky rendition of meeting a girl and wanting more than just a hook-up, whereas, “Short Skirt Weather” and “Weekend” are perfect songs to tailgate to.

One of the more poignant songs off the record is entitled “American Bad Dream.” The entertainer, like many other musicians, such as Eric Church, is speaking his piece about the turmoil Americans have experienced, due to school shootings and untimely deaths. Although this song will probably not be a radio single, the vulnerability the singer expresses and the conversation about the important narrative that he touches upon is both refreshing and meaningful.

Brown celebrated the release of Experiment with several exclusive events including a sold out show at New York City’s Hulu Theater in partnership with Budweiser’s One Night Only Concert Series. Check out our full recap of the special show here.

Experiment is available everywhere music can be bought or streamed. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix. Next up, Brown will embark on his 2019 headlining tour, ‘Live Forever Tour,’ with direct support from country singers, Granger Smith, Raelynn, Danielle Bradbery, and Jimmie Allen on select dates. Find more information about the tour on kanebrownmusic.com.

 

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NYCS First Impression: Lauren Davidson ‘Ballads’

Lauren Davidson Ballads

CMA artist Lauren Davidson is a New York City/New Jersey-based singer-songwriter that is getting the attention of everyone around her. She tells us in a recent interview is inspired daily by artists from all genres of music including Contemporary Country, Rock, and Pop. Because of this her music has a little something for everyone in it. Last Friday Davidson released her second EP Ballads, the first time she has released new music since 2016.

Fans got a glimpse into the new EP back in June when she released “Pouring Rain”, which quickly became her most-streamed song on Spotify to-date, already raking up more than 17,000 streams. In the song, Davidson tells how she has learned life is not a bed of roses and not always fair. She has been “walking in the pouring rain trying to wash away this aching pain”. The strong chorus kicks in and is bound to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. It is catchy, has a great rhythm, and meaningful lyrics.  She also joined the New York Country Swag team for a Live Swag Session to sing the new song for our followers.  Watch the full Swag Session below.

The opening track “Just A Memory” starts with Davidson’s powerful vocals as she starts to describe the feeling of being held by a loved one that is now just a memory. Experiencing a first love at 17, she prays that these little memories will always stay with her. While the song is a more upbeat ballad than normal, the meaning and lyrics are hopeful and powerful. It’s a perfect track to introduce the EP. “Hole in My Heart” shows another contrasting side to Davidson. This break-up ballad showcases her soft side while bringing deep lyrics that hit hard.

To top off the EP, Lauren Davidson delivers an upbeat, unrequited love song, “To The Moon And Back”. From the very beginning the guitar riffs that open the song immediately pull you in. The song highlights the ability to love someone completely if they would only let you. It’s a simple concept that her fans can relate to, inspiring repeat spins.

This EP shows off Davidson’s ability to create a well-rounded EP all the while keeping in the theme of ‘ballads’. “Ballads” puts her unique and powerful voice on display, take a listen to the songs below and follow Lauren Davidson on Instagram to stay caught up and be on the lookout for a new single soon.

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