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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Luke Combs Reveals Sophomore Album in Clues Before Announcement

Fans of Luke Combs will be delighted to hear the news that after a series of cryptic messages, Combs has officially announced that his highly anticipated sophomore album is set for release on November 8th.

Fans first began speculation just last week when Combs took to social media to post a countdown with two simple words “1 Week.”. Followers immediately took to Twitter to tweet their guesses, assuming that the messages could mean either new music or more tour dates. However, upon closer look at Combs’ social activity, even more clues could soon be found. As the days led up to the week-long countdown, Combs began to release mini-episodes on YouTube of outtakes from making the video of his latest single “Beer Never Broke My Heart”. In the very beginning of each episode, a countdown begins. In episode 2, the number 11 flashes at the end of the countdown and in episode 3, the number 11 then 8 flashes, a major clue to the November 8th release date!

Combs’ announcement comes on the heels of quite the upward spiral of success. Recently, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter became the Grand Ole Opry’s newest inductee, a monumental feat for any artist in the country music world. His fall tour is already sold out in major cities and his latest single officially became his sixth consecutive #1 song. The milestone makes Combs the first country music artist in history to have his first six singles reach the top spot.

Back in 2017, NYCountry Swag caught Combs just before his debut single “Hurricane” would top the charts, naming him one of our 2017 Artists to Watch. Months later, seeing him perform at his first New York City show ever sealed the deal and we knew we were in front of a superstar in the making. Take a look back at that show here.

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Justin Moore’s Releases Remorseful “Someday I Gotta Quit”

Someday I Gotta Quit

With just under a month until the release of his new album, Late Nights and Longnecks, Justin Moore continues to tease fans with new songs, including “Someday I Gotta Quit,” released today.

Written by Moore, Casey Beathard, Paul DiGiovanni, and Jeremy Stover, the song follows in the footsteps of the other tracks released so far. Like “On the Rocks,” “Jesus and Jack Daniels,” and “The Ones That Didn’t Make it Back Home,” “Someday I Gotta Quit,” shows Moore flexing his traditional country side. With a little bit of outlaw, a little bit of liquor, a little bit of remorse and a whole lotta twang, “Someday I Gotta Quit” has all the essential elements of a classic country tune.

The song starts with darker music, Moore’s deep voice crooning of the mistakes he’s made. However, on the chorus, the track picks up as he admits that he has many vices that someday he’s gotta quit. “Between the whiskey and the nicotine/ The wrong girls and the right jeans/ And all the other fires that keep burning me I keep lit/ It ain’t never gonna happen, some say/ Oh but somehow, someway, someday I gotta quit.”

“Someone asked me about drinking or something one night,” Moore shared with American Songwriter. “I just simply said, ‘Yeah someday I gotta quit.’ It made me think of things we all talk about as it pertains to our own personal struggles, whatever they may be. I threw the idea out to my co-writers, and we just ran with the fictional story about the guy in the song who has his own set of struggles. Hopefully, everyone can relate, regardless of what their struggles are personally. No doubt, we all have them.”

To keep up with Justin Moore, visit his website or follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Someday I Gotta Quit” 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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Chris Young Releases Emotional New Song Titled “Drowning”

Chris Young Drowning

There are few things more powerful in music than real human emotion. When I think about the songs that have moved me the most in my life, I think about those moments where I could feel the artist’s every word and every emotion. So is the case on Chris Young’s newest release, “Drowning.”

Young premiered the song at the Grand Ole Opry last week and played it a few times during CMA Fest, revealing that the song was inspired by the passing of his best friend. For Young, the Opry performance was an emotional one, and the usually jovial singer broke down during his performance. He took to social media to share his reasons for releasing the song, writing, “Last week, I debuted my new tune “Drowning” at the @opry and broke down in the middle of it… since then so many people have shared stories of loved ones lost and how they have connected to this song. I want you guys to have this one, and make it your own, so I’m going to release it this Friday.”

 

The song is utterly heartbreaking due to the fact that loss is an emotion everyone can relate to. Co-written by Young, Josh Hoge, and Corey Crowder, Young admits the song was Crowder’s idea and was built off of the line “Missing you comes in waves,” which led to the chorus.

“I can’t help at all but think about it / How you were taken way too soon / It ain’t the same here without you,” Young sings, his voice deep with emotion, “I’ve gotta say, missin’ you comes in waves / And tonight I’m drowning.”

At his CMA Fest fan party, Young admitted that the song’s universal appeal was one of the most interesting things about it. “We wrote it really open ended because everybody in the room was thinking about a different person.” He also revealed that for him, the song was the first about his friend. “When he passed away, I had never really written something about it until this song and I really wanted it to be something special.”

“I know you’re in a better place/ one day I’ll see you again,” Young sings achingly. “But it’s killing me we can’t be face to face/ I miss my best friend.”

Young also revealed on Twitter that “Drowning” is one of his favorite songs on his forthcoming album, due out later this year, and it’s absolutely clear why. With his powerful voice laced with emotion, Young is at his finest on “Drowning.” The song is truly country music at its finest, and we can’t wait to watch it hit #1.

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“Drowning” 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 5/31/19

It’s our favorite part of the week, New Music Friday! Thomas Rhett’s highly anticipated album, ‘Center Point Road’ is finally out today. “While Thomas Rhett rarely strikes out musically, he also manages to hit quite a few home runs on his latest release, ‘Center Point Road’…” Check out our full First Impression Review of the stellar album here.

Who’s ready to do the Git Up Challenge? There’s a new brand of country music and Blanco brown is bringing it straight to you, take a listen to his debut ep featuring “trailer trap” music here.

Additionally, we hear new music from Hannah Bethel who released the ethereal and honest single, “Rhinestone Rodeo”. New music from Tucker Beathard, Travis Denning, Muscadine Bloodline, Austin Jenckes, Fairground Saints and more also were released today.

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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Hannah Bethel Releases Ethereal and Honest “Rhinestone Rodeo”

Hannah Bethel

Rising country artist Hannah Bethel is mesmerizing fans with her angelic voice and creative songwriting ability. The independent artist received praise and accolades for her debut single, “Train” and was recently inducted as one of the newest members of the Song Suffragettes, a group of talented female singer-songwriters in Nashville. She is now hoping to find more success with her new song, “Rhinestone Rodeo” that was released today.

The song is innovative, carefree, and alluring, as Bethel blurs genre lines effortlessly on the track. Her voice is impactful, yet soft, reminiscent of country megastar Kacey Musgraves’ undeniable talent. Proving that she is a force to be reckoned with in the industry, the songstress pushed to write and record this song, as it embodied a message and a story that she wanted to share with the world.

“Everyone’s got stars in their eyes / It’s easy to get blinded by the light / You can’t always hear your heart over the rowdy crowd / But man it’s worth it – took you years to find that sound.”

Co-written by the singer with Farewell Angelina’s Nicole Witt and established singer-songwriter, Tiffany Goss, “Rhinestone Radio” is about Bethel’s journey navigating the highs and lows of the music industry.

She recalls in a recent press release, “I had the title for ‘Rhinestone Rodeo’ for a couple of years before it finally made its way into a song. I wanted it to be a song about my journey of navigating a life in the music business […]. Everyone chasing a dream has a ‘mountain’ to climb. For me, Nashville has been my ‘mountain.’ There have been many seasons during my ten years in Nashville, some beautiful highs and terrible lows, but I am grateful for every experience that has made me stronger, wiser, more certain of who I am as an artist and a human, and more determined than ever to move forward with great joy and optimism in my heart.”

We caught Bethel’s stellar show in NYC last weekend, check out the full recap here. To keep up with her, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Rhinestone Rodeo” 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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Lauren Davidson Releases “Live Laugh Love”

Lauren Davidson Live Laugh Love

We are all familiar with the quote “Live, Laugh, Love,” but rising country singer Lauren Davidson gives the saying a whole new meaning. Davidson’s first track of 2019 is one you’ll be listening to all summer long.

“Live Laugh Love” is written by Davidson, Jason Harmor and Cristian Castro. The song is not what we are used to hearing from the singer. Her EP “Ballads“ is filled with slower tracks that showcase Davidson’s range, while this track shows the artist’s edgier side as it’s a mix of rock and roll, pop, and country.

The song is completely relatable for anyone who has gone through or going through a breakup and is finally ready to step out and find someone new. Grabbing their girls and heading out for a fun night. We can totally see this one as a perfect pre-game song or blasting it on your way out.

“I’m gonna live, laugh, love, / Get all dolled up / Gonna paint this town red with my lipstick tonight / Ain’t gonna shoot them down / Gonna make my rounds / Tossin’ some back with every guy in sight / I’m gonna live, laugh, love, / And leave ya.”

The singer-songwriter is a Swag Spotlight alum, read her story here and check out our Swag Session with Davidson from last summer below.

To keep up with Davidson follower her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

“Live Laugh Love” 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.

Ingrid Andress Continues To Impress With Latest Track “Both”

Ingrid Andress Both

Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville recording artist, Ingrid Andress has one of the most interesting and refreshing voices in the music industry right now. The singer-songwriter recently released two songs, including “More Hearts Than Mine” and “Lady Like.” The latter, which she sang on her late night TV debut last month. Now, Andress is back with another enticing song simply entitled “Both.”

Written by the songstress with talented songwriters, Derrick Southerland and Jordan Schmidt, “Both” is both a love song and a break-up song. The track depicts the story of not knowing where you stand in a relationship and dealing with those mixed signals. Her artistry shines through as her vocals present as cool and calm while delivering a serious message and ultimatum. The innovative juxtaposition is refreshing and showcases her artistry perfectly. Andress’ unique ability to deliver an airy song that still packs a punch is what makes you want to root for her success.

“You’re blurring the lines / You’re playing two sides / Just make up your mind / You can tell me to stay / You can push me away / Have space or get close / But you can’t do both / You can kiss me goodnight / Or kiss me goodbye / Baby love me or don’t / But you can’t do / You can’t do both.”

As she continues to make a name for herself in an industry that’s male-dominated, we look forward to seeing what she does next. In June, Andress will be performing at the coveted CMA Fest In Nashville. In addition, the songstress will be singing at the Ascend Amphitheater, kicking off Saturday night, June 8th, at the Warner Music Nashville showcase with fellow label-mates, Hunter Hayes, Cody Johnson, Tucker Beathard, and Ashley McBryde. The concert benefits music education initiatives across the United States through the CMA Foundation. For tickets and more information, head to ingridandress.com.

To keep up with Andress follow her Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Both” 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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Logan Mize Releases “Thinking About You”

 

Logan Mize

The independent singer-songwriter Logan Mize is giving us an even more sneak peek of his upcoming EP. His forthcoming new, five-song From The Vault EP was created for his dedicated fans and is due May 17. The tracks are from sessions recorded between 2013-2014 that he thought deserved a chance. He recently just dropped his nostalgic track “Only In This Town” and now we’re seeing a different side of his EP today (5/10) with “Thinking About You.”

“Thinking About You” is written by GRAMMY Album Of The Year Award-winner Daniel Tashian, who co-produced Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour and songwriter Troy Verges who has well-known tracks for Tim McGraw and Little Big Town. Mize credits Daniel Tashian’s demo of the song, adding in a recent press release that, “When I heard Daniel Tashian’s demo of this song, it sounded like it should be a big pop classic from a 1980’s John Hughes film. I took it in the studio with a hodgepodge of session players and road guys, and we just had a blast cutting it.” The track starts off with a guitar throwback feel that makes you wanna turn up the radio and bop your head. The song’s about loving everything about someone and not being able to get them off your mind.

“I’ve been thinking about you / How you walk how you talk / Such a pretty mess I see you dancing in your boots and your black dress / Stone cold you’re so fine / I gotta let you know if you were mine I’d never ever let you go / When you move / When you shake it and you down/ Make my heart beat so loud / You’re too good to be true / Yeah, I’ve been thinking about you”

Mize’s unique and authentic sound with a hint southern-rock and country is what sets him apart from every other artist. He’s setting the bar high for independent artists with his upcoming EP From The Vault. Check out our live session with Logan back in 2018 in the video below. Mize will continue playing his headlining tour, “Better Off Gone Tour” through the beginning of June. For tickets and more tour information, check out his website loganmize.com

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“Thinking About You” 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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Logan Mize Releases Nostalgic “Only In This Town”

Logan Mize

Kansas country artist Logan Mize is a singer-songwriter, who truly cares about his fans. With a fan-driven EP in the works, coming later this year, and his single “Better Off Gone” climbing the charts, the independent artist is keeping fans excited for more music. Mize delivers on another song, releasing “Only In This Town” today (5/3).

The song features Mize’s unique southern-rock vibe and intriguing vocals. Written by the singer with songwriter Casey Beathard, the lyrics are an ode to Mize’s hometown, but can easily make the listener nostalgic for their own hometown. “Only In This Town” is slated to be one of the five tracks off Mize’s upcoming EP, entitled From The Vault. Each song, including this cut, are tracks that the singer-songwriter has played at shows with his road band. The tracks were recorded later.

The performer credits his tour band for helping him record and finish the track, adding in a recent press release that, “It was mostly my touring band, including the late Derek Wyatt, who passed last year. Derek was the #1 reason I felt comfortable in the studio. He was so uplifting and complimentary to all of our playing but you can hear on the track who was bringing the most energy.”

The track fits in perfectly with what is popular in country music right now, while still having a unique flair to it. The song and Mize’s artistry are unapologetically raw, authentic, and special, making it easy to see why he is successfully breaking down barriers as an independent artist.

“They don’t give a damn / Who I think I am / No they hold my feet to my family name / I’m just one of them and that won’t ever change / Only in this town / Does it feel like home.”

The NYCountry Swag Session alum continues playing his headlining tour, ‘Better Off Gone Tour’ through the beginning of June, hitting the midwest area later this week For tickets and more tour information, head to loganmize.com.

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

“Only In This Town” 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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