NYCS First Impression: Brett Young The Acoustic Sessions

Singer-songwriter, Brett Young released the final track off his The Acoustic Sessions EP on today (9/13). It contains five songs from his most recent album, Ticket to L.A. Young’s current single to country radio, “Catch”, the lead single, “Here Tonight” (featuring Charles Kelley), “Don’t Want To Write This Song” (featuring Sean McConnell), “Chapters” (featuring Gavin Degraw), and the title track, “Ticket to L.A.”

The acoustic version of “Catch” has a totally different vibe than the one you hear on the radio. The piano is emphasized making it more of a ballad. The lyrics stayed the same however as the song is about an unintended relationship forming between two people at a bar. The man just wanted to have a nice, chill time with his friends before he caught glimpse of this girl. This track was penned by Young, Ross Copperman, and Ashley Gorley.

Young slowed down his fourth number-one single, “Here Tonight” for this EP and added Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, who co-wrote the song with Young, Ben Caver, and Justin Ebach. The song is about a man who wants this exact moment with his girl to last forever. Kelley takes the second verse and the two team up to make the second chorus sound even more beautiful than the original.

Just when you thought “Don’t Wanna Write This Song” couldn’t sound more melancholy, Young releases the acoustic version of it. This song is Ticket to L.A.’s “Mercy”; it is the most heart wrenching track on the album as it’s about a man having a tough time moving past the death of his wife.  Sean McConnell’s vocals feature in the background of this song, unlike on the original recording. McConnell co-wrote the song with Young and Zach Crowell.

Young kept his childhood inspiration, Gavin DeGraw on the acoustic version of the next song. “Chapters” is based on Young’s true story. He was the star pitcher on his high school and college baseball teams before a serious arm injury ended his career. Luckily for Young, he was blessed with other extraordinary talents, singing, and songwriting. Young wrote this with DeGraw and Copperman.

Just released today, “Ticket to L.A.” is about how two strangers get to know each other in an airport due to a delayed flight and quickly hit it off. She’s headed to L.A., not far from Young’s hometown. Young sings the verses in this acoustic recording with hardly any instruments backing him. Young, Crowell and Jon Nite wrote this song.

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

Listen to the whole EP on Spotify. 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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