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Lindsay Ell Releases “wAnt me back” and Reveals Album Details

LIndsay Ell Want Me Back

Lindsay Ell is a Canadian country songstress that has been on the rise since her debut The Project. She celebrated her success with single “Criminal” off that record and her recent hit with “What Happens In A Small Town” with Brantley Gilbert. Earlier this week, the singer announced her second full-length record slated for release later this summer. Just hours after this announcement, Ell dropped her new single “wAnt me back” following heartbreaker realization “I Don’t Love You” a few months prior.

“wAnt me back,” written alongside Kane Brown, Matt McGinn, and Lindsay Rimes is a confident track of Ell’s straight from the heels of a breakup. The track takes place in the anger period of a breakup, and it shows the country singer + songwriter knows what she is worth. She sings: “If I were you, I’d miss my kiss // I’d miss me keeping you up all night // If I were you, I know that losing me // Would make me lose my mind // You ain’t gonna find nobody like me // I’m the best you ever had // and I’m always gonna be // So if I were you if I were you/ I’d want me back too.”

In coordination with her latest single release, Ell also announced her sophomore album, heart theory, sharing in an Instagram post, “it’s been a long time coming working on LE2, but I am so excited to announce that my sophomore album heart theory is available now for pre-order!! Along with pre-ordering the album, you will be able to hear my next single “wAnt me back”. I wrote this song with kanebrown_music, @matthewmcginn, & @lindsayrimes. It’s all about stepping into your own power. Let me know what you think below!! ”

heart theory combats the seven stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance. It’s produced by Dan Huff and will be released on August 14th.

To keep up with Lindsay Ell follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“wAnt me back” 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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If You Like John Mayer, Then You’ll Love…

John Mayer is one of the few musical artists that most people seem to love. And there’s a reason. He is one of the smartest songwriters, he has an effortless voice and is perhaps, the most influential guitar player of this generation’s wave of musicians. It’s hard to put his music into a genre; he combines the best parts of pop, rock, jam-band, singer-songwriter, and folk-country to create his signature sound. He tells his stories through introspective lyrics and hooky melodies, which is exactly what makes country music special. This season is the perfect time to discover new music, so if you are a fan of John Mayer but aren’t too familiar with country, NYCS has some recommendations for you!

 

Devin Dawson

The self-proclaimed “dark horse” of country music has one of the most unique sounds in Nashville. He’s a little bit brooding but a whole lot of heart, similar to Mayer. Both have the same slick, easy-going voice that makes every song listenable and individuality as people to make their songwriting stand out. Despite both having moodier aesthetics, they both bring so much excitement to their sound. Dawson is the perfect mix of old school country and current indie, and new fans should check out “Secondhand Hurt” and debut single “All On Me”, both off his album Dark Horse.

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

 

Josh Kerr

Music City’s best-kept secret is the array of talented songwriters and producers. They are the people behind many of your favorite songs, and there’s a chance you didn’t even know it. Josh Kerr is one of them, garnering hits from stars like Camila Cabello, Kelsea Ballerini, and Keith Urban. He released his debut project late last year, and his soft-spoken voice and intense lyrics and cinematic production are perfect for fans of John Mayer. Highlights from his album How Do You Remember Me are “If I’m Being Honest” and “Love Me Now”.

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

 

Lindsay Ell

Last but certainly not least on this list is the woman who covered John Mayer’s Continuum front to back. Lindsay Ell is one of the industry’s brightest new artists. She can write, she can sing, and, like Mayer, is one of the best guitar players of this generation. Every song of hers is great already because of their shared passion for a mix of vulnerable writing and fun hook, but her guitar and added production skills take every song to the next level. Songs you need to listen to by Ell are “White Noise” and current single, “I Don’t Love You”.

To keep up with Lindsay Ell, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Lindsay Ell’s Vocals Shine on Haunting New Balled, “I Don’t Love You”

Lindsay Ell, Canadian born singer-songwriter wears her heart on her sleeve for her newly released single, “I Don’t Love You”. The release of this ballad accompanies an exciting first for the artist: a #1 American country radio single for her duet with Brantley Gilbert, “What Happens in a Small Town”. Earlier this year, Ell joined forces with country music veteran Brantley Gilbert to release this jam that has climbed the charts over the past few months.

We’re super excited for the up-and-coming singer and can’t wait for the momentum to keep going with “I Don’t Love You”. Prior to the official release, Ell teased the song during various live sets. After much anticipation, the studio version holds just as much emotion and exceeds fan expectations. The beautiful song shares the singer’s personal experience of going through a breakup, using a haunting amount of detail.

“I don’t open up a bottle with my dinner / ‘Cause I know that it’s just gonna sit out on the counter / And go bad just like the leftovers / You said to leave at the restaurant / I don’t go to anymore ‘cause I won’t go alone”

Ell opens up the song reflecting on her new reality of loneliness, while cleverly embedding memories from her lost relationship into the lyrics. The calming melody and soft guitar twangs throughout the verse bring the listener into a feeling of nostalgia and help build up to the powerful chorus. The Canada native belts into a heartbreaking and dramatic chorus, passionately singing the simple words: “I don’t love you baby / I don’t love you / No, I don’t love you anymore”  Ell’s vocals shine not only during the memorable chorus but throughout the song where she brings listeners on an emotional journey from start to finish.

We’re all very excited to hear what’s next in this new chapter of music. For now, we can catch the rising star take the stage at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards on November 13th.

To keep up with Lindsay Ell, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

“I Don’t Love 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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NYCS First Impression: Brantley Gilbert ‘Fire and Brimstone’

Brantley Gilbert Fire & Brimstone

Brantley Gilbert’s fifth album Fire & Brimstone is here, and it was worth waiting for. The 15-track album shows us a side of the country rebel that we don’t see too often. It’s filled with personal tracks about Gilbert’s struggles, marriage, and what it’s like to be a father. But don’t worry, Gilbert didn’t forget about the fans who enjoy his wild side as there are also quite a few fun and laidback songs that we are used to hearing from the singer-songwriter. What makes this album extra special is Gilbert either wrote or co-wrote each title. As soon as you hit play, you’re in for a ride.

The album starts off with “Fire’t Up.” Written by Gilbert, Brandon Day, and Justin Weaver, the guitar-driven track was the right choice to get the party started. It’s aimed at the artist’s fans who enjoy getting a little rowdy on the weekend. Continuing the party vibe but different from the usual alcohol party anthems we are used to, “Welcome to Hazeville” is a song honoring weed. The track came out just in April just in time for 4/20 and features Colt Ford, Lukas, and the iconic Willie Nelson, who is known for being vocal about marijuana. Written by Gilbert, Rodney Clawson, Andrew DeRoberts, and Ford, it has a mellow tune and does a good job mixing country and rap.

After starting out with the rock anthems, Gilbert takes us along for a personal journey. The first single and the track that completed the album, “What Happens in a Small Town” featuring Lindsay Ell quickly became a fan favorite and is currently climbing its way up the country charts. It’s the singer’s first duet with a female, and it doesn’t disappoint.  It tells a story about the Georgia native’s journey with his wife Amber and all the ups and downs they went through before ending up together. While it may be a song about Gilbert, it’s relatable to anyone who has had a rocky road in their relationship.

Continuing with the emotional vibe, the title track “Fire & Brimstone” shows off Gilbert’s vocals and writing skills as he wrote the song by himself.  Featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss, the acoustic track gets personal about Gilbert’s relationship with God and how he feels like he is perceived in the world.  The way the three voices overlap in the bridge really adds to the emotion.

Gilbert holds nothing back on this album, especially how he feels about his wife. “Man of Steel” shares how he wants to be there for his wife, no matter what life throws at them. Written by Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, and Cole Taylor, the track shows how strong the couple’s marriage is and the love he has for her. Superman may be a fictional character, but Gilbert does what he can to be a real-life hero. “Never Gonna Be Alone” piggybacks off that, with a faster tempo, he lets Amber know that she is never going to be alone.

The heartfelt “Man That Hung the Moon” ends the album. Inspired by Gilbert’s son and newborn daughter, the singer-songwriter goes into how life has changed becoming a father and hopes that one day his kids will accept him for the mistakes he made and who he turned out to be. Written solely by Gilbert, it puts the icing on the cake to a great album.

We’ve waited three years for this album and it most certainly did not disappoint. Seeing this side of Gilbert is something we can get used to. The singer-songwriter is celebrating Fire and Brimstone by hitting the road. First up is his second annual Kick It In The Sun Cruise where the singer-songwriter will be joined by Chase Rice, LANCO, Diamond Rio, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbury, Jon Langston, Colt Ford, Tyler Rich, SixForty1, Trea Landon, Sam Grow, Tyler Braden, Brian Davis, Tyler Booth, and more.

In January, Gilbert will be headed out on the Fire’t Up Tour with Rice, Dylan Scott, and Brandon Lay. They’ll kick things off in London, Ontario. Check out brantleygilbert.com to see if they’ll be stopping in your city!

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

Fire & Brimstone 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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Anonymous Group out of Nashville Release “beYoutiful”

Neon PPL

A group of anonymous talented creators from Nashville, Tennessee recently released a touching song called “beYoutiful.” The group calls themselves ‘neonPPL,’ and consists of songwriters, producers, and musicians that have yet to share their individual identities.   A female singer from neonPPL collaborated with rising county artists, Lindsay Ell, Danielle Bradbery, and Joy Williams on the empowering track.

From the first verse, the heartfelt song lyrically paints the important message of staying true to who you are and not allowing outside pressures to influence your self-esteem or self-worth. The empowering message of self-love comes across effortlessly as the members of neonPPL, Bradbery, Ell, and Wiliams blend their voices effortlessly. “You don’t have to be a hero / Back in your hometown / You ain’t gotta be a shooting star / When the sun goes down / Or an angel, or an outlaw, or the next John Wayne / Don’t gotta be the right size in the bright lights with the right last name / BeYOUtiful / Be YOUtiful / You’re the only one who can be you, so do you the best you can.””

 The song is available across all streaming platforms. Take a listen below.

Although not much is known yet about neonPPL, the collective group has been said to be comprised of talented musicians, songwriters, producers, and others, stemming from Nashville’s country music scene. Fans can expect neonPPl to continue collaborating with other artists, as they continue to release more songs.

The groups’ goal is to be a light and spread positive messages to music lovers like they have in “beYOUtiful,” a self-love anthem. One of the founders of neonPPL shared with Billboard about the uniqueness of the group in a recent interview, “We are already an established group of individuals and could have easily used that to our advantage. Instead, we wanted the singular voice of awesomeness to be heard. That doesn’t mean that we are awesome, but that positive message is. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook that in a competitive environment to get the ‘next big hit.’”

We look forward to seeing what neonPPl does next. Keep up with the group via Twitter.

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[Watch] Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell “What Happens in a Small Town”

What Happens in a Small Town Video

Photo Credit: BMLG/Joseph Llanes

Country singer-songwriters Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell teamed up and released their brand new music video for “What Happens in a Small Town”. In Gilbert’s first ever duet, both him and Ell play storytellers narrating two young kids who can’t escape the memory of their past relationship. Gilbert wrote this song along with Brock Berryhill, Rhett Akins, and Josh Dunne and was inspired by his own life depicting his earlier days of falling in love, breaking up, eventually getting back together and finally marrying his wife Amber. A country ballad collaboration that has not only compelling vocals from Gilbert and Ell but their guitar instrumentals bring the song to an entirely different level.

With Ell set in a school hallway and Gilbert on an isolated main street road, the two reminisce of their high school relationship under Friday night lights at a football game and driving around town in her white jeep. Each scene depicts a memory that they just can’t seem to shake whether it be driving off into a country field, or hanging at the local bar. Gilbert and Ell prove breaking up is even harder to deal with when you are in a small town and it is expressed in the chorus:

“‘Cause what happens in a small town stays in a small town / Every back road, we’ve ever gone down / Friday night bleachers, Sunday pews / Ain’t a county line mile without a memory of you Every whisper, every room, I walk in / Every time the bartender fills it up again / Everybody knows why I’m here, and you ain’t around / ‘Cause what happens in a small town, stays in a small town”

There is no denying that Gilbert and Ell work effortlessly together, and create a captivating song that is easily relatable to us all. “What Happens in a Small Town” is a BIG glimpse into what Gilbert has in store for us when his upcoming album is released. Let the anticipation and excitement begin!

For a behind the scenes look at the making of the video with Gilbert and Ell, watch the video below.

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Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell Join Forces in “What Happens in a Small Town”

Brantley Gilbert Lindsay Ell

Country music bad boy, Brantley Gilbert has been pretty quiet since the release of his 2017 fourth studio album The Devil Don’t Sleep, but the wait is over! Last Friday, the singer-songwriter released his brand new single, “What Happens in a Small Town” in a collaboration with the talented Lindsay Ell, who lends her vocals and guitar skills to the song. The track is said to be the first song off Gilbert’s highly anticipated 2019 record and is slated to be sent to country radio in January.

The Big Machine Label Group recording artist gushed about his excitement for the new single on Twitter for a few days leading up to release day. Gilbert shared a video of him and Ell discussing their feelings about the new song, “It was just leaning towards a duet, and I’ve never done one. We kinda just got excited about it, and I don’t think the excitement ever stopped,” captioning the video with “This is something really special.”

The country-rock ballad depicts the full story of falling in love, breaking up and navigating those circumstances in a small town, seemingly not being able to get away from the memories that were made together. The words and the vocals are powerful, as both Ell and Gilbert prove that they are both a force to be reckoned with. The vulnerable lyrics are a perfect segway into a new, but still authentic sound for Gilbert. The single debuted at number 1 on the iTunes country music chart.

Check out the lyric video for the track below. “What Happens in a Small Town is available on all digital platforms now. For more new recently released music, make sure to follow our ‘New Country Music’ playlist on Spotify for your weekly new country music fix.

Going into the new year, fans can expect more new music from Gilbert, as we gear up for the release of his next album. Keep up with the recording artist on brantleygilbert.com.

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Sugarland’s ‘Still the Same Tour’ feat. Frankie Ballard & Lindsay Ell

Sugarland Still the Same Tour

New York and New Jersey fans alike headed to the Prudential Center on Saturday night to witness the captivating musical duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland perform their second to last show on the ‘Still the Same Tour,’ accompanied by openers, Lindsay Ell and Frankie Ballard.

Sugarland Still the Same Tour

Powerhouse, Lindsay Ell took the stage first, sharing with the crowd that this will be her last performance on the tour. She entertained fans with songs like “Waiting on You” and “Champagne”. The singer ended her set with her top 20 single, “Criminal,” co-written by Bush, just after expressing her gratitude to the fans. “Thank you, everyone and country radio for changing my life with this song. This is”Criminal” y’all!”

After a short intermission, Frankie Ballard and his Wildcat Band energetically took the stage. Pumping up the crowd throughout the entire performance, Ballard’s set was the perfect combination of his smash hits, cover songs, and engaging moments with the crowd. Singing his hits, “Helluva Night,” “It All Started with a Beer,” “Sunshine and Whiskey,” and “Young & Crazy,” the singer’s funky style and electric demeanor was evident.

Sugarland Still the Same Tour

One of the most charming moments with the entertainer was when he admitted to the audience that he “missed [his] spot in that verse,” laughing, while stating, “When they [singers] say ‘How’s everyone feeling out there,’ it’s just a way of covering up their tracks.” Between, Ballard’s humbleness, his image, and his artistry, fans showed their love for the performer the entire set.

The incredible night of music continued, as the stage lit up with a colorful, carnival-like backdrop, unveiling the headliners of the night, Sugarland, as they jammed to their title track “Bigger” off their recently released album. Their set featured an impressive 20 songs, including their most recent single “Babe,” and hits, “Stay,” “It Happens,” “Stuck Like You,” and “Lean It On Back,” with two more songs for the encore performance.

Sugarland Still the Same Tour

Additionally, Nettles and Bush, each took time to discuss their solo projects, that were worked on, during the duo’s 5-year hiatus. Bush sang his fun-loving single, “Trailer Hitch,” while Nettles belted her ballad “Unlove You.” The crowd was clearly loving both, as they sang, swayed, and snapped along to each performance.

Sugarland’s night was filled with highlights, such as their fun mash-up of their song “On a Roll” with Funkadelic’s “We Want The Funk” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” where Ell entered the stage on roller-skates, poking fun at the lyrics from “On a Roll.” The fans loved the impromptu end-of-tour prank and interaction Ell had on stage with the duo.

Sugarland Still the Same Tour

However, the night was stolen by the beautiful message that was inspired by the fan favorite song “Little Miss” from The Incredible Machine. The singers showcased a fan-made video for The Little Miss Project. The powerful message of The Little Miss Project is to start a dialogue that an individual is never truly alone. Supporting this mission, Sugarland utilized their musical platform to partner with World Vision in efforts to raise money for disadvantaged youth, even stopping to take a photo (on stage) with fans, who donated to the cause. Nettles shared “It’s a reminder that sometimes we have to slow down and save a life … It’ll be alright again.”

Sugarland truly brought their own level of talent and artistry to New Jersey, it was  an unforgettable night for fans of all ages, who were lucky to attend.

 

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