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NYCS First Impression: Dan Smalley ‘If I’m Being Honest’

Dan Smalley - If I'm Being Honest

At NYCountry Swag, we pride ourselves on bringing you the freshest and newest voices in country music. Today, one of Big Machine Label Group’s newest signees, Dan Smalley released his debut EP entitled If I’m Being Honest. The singer has written songs for the likes of Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael, but today fans get to see exactly what Smalley is made of as a solo artist.

The four-song EP is an impressive collection of songs that truly gives fans and country lovers some insight into Smalley’s voice and style. The new EP is a confessional record that focuses on story-telling and song-writing, two qualities we look for in any country record.

The record opens up with “Till Country Comes Back.” The lyrics are accompanied by both banjos and steel guitar, making the song feel both familiar and nostalgic. Smalley’s smooth vocals are easy to listen to as he sings about love.

According to the singer, the song is about, “a guy who’s willing to put his life on hold and wait for the love of his life.” Happily married, Smalley admits that he would “wait [his] whole life” for his wife.

“Lucky” is next up. The song begins with an impactful vocal and simple instrumentation. Written by the singer with talented songwriter, Brian Kolb, the rising artist sings about going through hardships, only to find his way back to his love. The happenstances can only be attributed to one thing, luck. It is a true confession in song form.

“I was some kind of crazy, wild out, and out of my mind /
Til you came and saved me from spinning off the end of the line /
I was livin’ like I didn’t have nothin’ to lose /
‘Cause I only knew what livin’ was like without you /
Now here you are lovin’ on me / Yeah, talk about lucky”

Continuing to bare his heart through song, the title track is the stand-out tune off the project. Smalley reveals his truth and his demons in this story-telling song, which he shares was written as a confession to his wife, his confidant. With an Eric Church feel and honesty that feels instantly country, the singer nails it with this song.

“Truth is I’m most of the time just shootin’ from the hip / So I tell folks I’ve moved on from the bones locked in why closet / Truth is it’s just easier to lie / If I’m being honest”

Rounding out the project is the song “Rich and Famous.” Smalley shows off his funky, country-rock side in the mid-tempo jam. Once again, the singer’s wife remains his muse for this song, as well as for the overall project.

Smalley’s debut project is a smash. He delivers a little bit of everything to country fans, while showing country lovers exactly who he is, which is a hard feat to accomplish through only four songs. The singer is the full package, and we are excited to continue championing his career, as he navigates the ever-evolving country music industry.

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

If I’m Being Honest is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. 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.

If I’m Being Honest Track List:

  1. “Till Country Comes Back”
  2. “Lucky”
  3. “If I’m Being Honest”
  4. “Rich and Famous”

 

 

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Kane Brown Kicks Off The Worldwide Beautiful Tour with Sold Out Show

Saturday night (Feb 29.) country music fans came out in droves to catch the first night of Kane Brown’s ‘The Worldwide Beautiful’ Tour. Joining the multi-platinum selling artist for the sold-out show were Russell Dickerson and Chris Lane (who will rotate on the direct support slot throughout the tour) and country music’s hottest new trio, Restless Road.

Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Garrett Nichols, the three band members who make up Restless Road, took the stage first, tasked with warming up the eager crowd. Earlier this week, news broke that Kane Brown had signed the trio as the flagship artist to his yet to be named record label. The announcement comes as a full-circle moment for Brown and the band as Brown initially met Beeken and Pack back in 2013 while competing on The X Factor, Brown’s first claim to fame.

Performing a mash-up of 90’s country hits including Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and George Strait’s “Check Yes Or No”, Restless Road instantly captivated the already packed venue. In addition to the flawless medley, the group used their time on stage to introduce tracks from their brand new self-titled debut EP including “All the Girls” and “It Ain’t Easy”. Showcasing their impeccable harmonies and charm, the group quickly earned their spot on the tour.

ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee and NYCountry Swag OG, Russell Dickerson took the stage next. The singer-songwriter opened his set with a brand new, unreleased song “Some Things Never Get Old” before diving right into his third number-one single, “Every Little Thing”. Fans erupted with screams and applause immediately as they recognized those first few familiar notes of the hit song. As Dickerson ran from one side of the stage to the other, the entire venue screamed back every single word.

After releasing his latest single, “Love You Like I Used To”, just about three weeks ago, Dickerson impressed as fans sang along to the brand new song, proving that the track is sure to have success as it makes it’s way to radio.

Dickerson kept the energy high performing crowd-favorites like “Billions” and “Blue Tacoma.” Just when you thought the set could not get any better, the future Entertainer of the Year revealed his mash-up of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and his own track from his debut album, “MGNO.” The epic performance has become a staple in Dickerson’s set. As he belted out the iconic vocals, while dancing on stage, the audience fed right off of his contagious energy jumping up and down and waving their arms, making the special moment perhaps the most energetic medley in country music shows today.

“…This is my first song that I ever put out. Thank you country radio, but first & foremost, thank you country music fans, the best fans in the entire world….” Dickerson emotionally thanked the crowd just before closing his set with a spectacular performance of his breakthrough smash hit, “Yours”.

Next to the stage was platinum artist, Chris Lane. Kicking off his set with his debut number one song, “Fix”, Lane immediately connected with the audience while showing off his undeniable swagger. Whether it was his version of Mario’s “Let Me Love You” or a special moment in the set when he hand-picked a young fan in the audience to join him on-stage as he performed “For Her”, Lane won the hearts of every fan in the room.

What’s most interesting about Lane is his versatility as an artist, not only in the tracks he chooses to cover but in his own songs as well. Lane can transition to performing songs from his catalog of music including fan favorites like “I Don’t Know About You” and “Big, Big Plans” to his mash-up of wide-ranging covers including everything from Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” to Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me”. The way that the fans immersed in each of the tracks throughout the very dynamic set is what was most impressive. Unphased by the rollercoaster of the genres being blended, fans didn’t miss a beat of the exciting performance. For those newcomers in the audience expecting to catch a typical traditional country show, Lane pretty much set the tone for what was to be expected for the remainder of the night.

Kicking off night one of his headlining tour, Kane Brown surprised the crowd by dropping in from high above the stage, instantly creating screams and applause from his beloved fans. Keeping up with the momentum that his opening acts had set, Brown kept the crowd going opening with his upbeat third number-one single, “Lose It”.

Brown continued to impress song after song through his 75-minute set, playing crowd favorites like “What Ifs” and “Used to Love You Sober”. A highlight of the night came when a rare downtempo moment happened as Brown took a stool centerstage accompanied by two bandmates for an acoustic set. Brown displayed his emotional side and stunned the crowd as he sang “For My Daughter.” The budding country superstar wrote the tear-jerking song for his 4-month-baby girl as a promise to be the best dad he can be, unlike his own father.

Throughout the night Brown debuted not one, but two unreleased songs: “Vodka Cranberry” and “Be Like That“. The latter of which, he teased a possible collaboration and noted that the song would not only be released sometime in March, but it would also be his next single to radio. Judging from his performance and the crowd’s reaction, the song sounds like it will be an instant smash. Check out a sneak peek of both tracks in our exclusive videos.

When it came time for some covers, like Chris Lane, Brown showed off his ability to sing to a multitude of fans. Stunning the crowd with his flawless vocals as he sang “Drift Away” originally recorded by Dobie Gray, the 26-year-old then explained to the crowd how excited he was to take everyone back to middle school before singing, Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” Ending his medley with Blackbear’s Top 40 hit, “Hot Girl Bummer”, Brown had every fan in the room out of their seats and jamming along to the unexpected mix of tunes.

Later in the show, Brown brought Restless Road back out to perform their collaborative soon-to-be smash hit, “Take Me Home”. Check it out in the video below.

The energy throughout Brown’s set was absolutely electric and with each song it only got higher. As Brown proceeded to sing “Pull It Off”, a track from his 2016 self-titled major-label debut album, he invited back Russell Dickerson and Chris Lane to the stage causing the entire arena to erupt.

Ending with “Heaven” and “One Thing Right” the Sony Nashville recording artist returned on a B stage at the back of the arena in an encore to sing “Good As You” before returning centerstage to close out the epic show.

The journey Brown takes fans on throughout his show proves his authenticity to his artistry. Taking moments to thank his fans, share stories of his upbringing and influences, and even sharing an emotional and vulnerable moment by admitting to being really nervous about this tour. The fans’ devotion to Brown remained clear throughout the entire night as fans stayed out of their seats and matched Brown’s energy, dancing and singing along to every song, and listening to every word.

In a December 2016 review of one of Brown’s very first NYC shows at Irving Plaza, we wrote of Brown “This promising talent possesses perhaps one of the most unique new voices in country music today and shows true potential for a skyrocketing career.” It seems we may have hit that nail on the head as Brown’s career continues to explode.

Check out more exclusive clips from the show on our Instagram Highlight.

To keep up with Restless Road, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Russell Dickerson, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Chris Lane, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Kane Brown, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

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Restless Road Stun with Performance of “Take Me Home” ft. Kane Brown

Just days after being announced as Kane Brown’s flagship artist on his new record label, Restless Road not only debuted a brand new EP, but they also joined Brown on the launch of his Worldwide Beautiful Tour. As the tour kicked off, the trio took the stage during it’s opening night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Introducing themselves to Brown’s sold-out audience, the trio stunned the crowd with their impeccable vocals.

The new intriguing tune is a hit in the making, relying on outstanding vocals and a nostalgic feel to entice listeners. The beginning of the song starts with a familiar tune, both lyrically and sonically with “Take me home, take me home / To a place, I belong.” Of course, those lyrics are a modern take on John Denver’s iconic “Take Me Home Country Roads.” The group changes it up, singing about heading home to where a special girl is, rather than West Virginia.

Check it out in the video below from the Atlantic City show.

 

Brown lends his vocals to the second verse, adding some flavor and dimension to the already dazzling song. When we caught the live version over the weekend at the show, we couldn’t help but notice the chemistry the four talented men had on stage and the passion they all share for country music and their fans.

“Lights in my rearview almost gone / Thought I could make it / Man, was I wrong / Out on my own I Could only get so far / Then I realized I needed to be where you are”

Check out more exclusive clips from the show on our Instagram Highlight and a full recap of the sold-out show here. To keep up with Restless Road, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. To keep up with Kane Brown, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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Kane Brown Previews New Unreleased Song, “Vodka Cranberry”

Saturday, February 29, 2020, Kane Brown kicked off the first night of his Worldwide Beautiful Tour with a sold-out show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. During the country superstar’s high-energy set, Brown surprised fans by debuting some new music including this unreleased track, “Vodka Cranberry”.

Check it out in the video below.

 

The lyrics describe a night at the club and the couple in the song blame their wild night of dancing on the high number of vodka cranberries they consumed. Its sound is reminiscent of Thomas Rhett’s “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” as it is very funk-influenced and could get the crowd at a disco up on their feet. Its electro beat mixed with Brown southern vocals give it a unique sound.

In addition to “Vodka Cranberry”, Brown debuted a second unreleased track titled, “Be Like That”. Check it out here.

For more exclusive video clips from the show visit our Instagram Highlight and a full recap of the sold-out show here. To keep up with Kane Brown, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

 

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Kane Brown Debuts Brand New, Unreleased Song, “Be Like That”

During the opening night of Kane Brown’s Worldwide Beautiful Tour, the country superstar debuted a brand new track called, “Be Like That”. Brown prefaced the song, claiming that it would officially be released sometime in March and would be his next single to pop radio.

Check it out in the video below.

 

“Be Like That” is another heavily produced track in which the singer describes his complicated relationship. He hates constantly texting her and thinks he might be better off on his own but at the same time he says he’s not himself without her and he would never be able to move on if they broke up.  This is a common scenario that is not often expressed. The usual situation described in country music involves two people who have broken up but after a few drinks, they make an overnight mistake which leads them to evaluate their status. Brown calls attention to what’s going through the mind of someone in that relationship rather than what that person is doing to get over it.

He raps the bridge of the song and at the show, he teased a possible collaboration for the studio version of this track and mentioned it will be released sometime this month.

In addition to “Be Like That”, Brown debuted a second unreleased track titled, “Vodka Cranberry”. Check it out here.

For more exclusive video clips from the show visit our Instagram Highlight and a full recap of the sold-out show here. To keep up with Kane Brown, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

 

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Brett Young Debuts Brand New, Unreleased Song For His Daughter, “Lady”

In honor of his 3-month-old baby girl, Brett Young debuted “Lady” during his sold-out show in New York City show on The Chapters Tour. Young prefaced his performance talking about how incredible his wife was, and the song that followed brought not only the singer-songwriter to tears, but the fans as well. Although the song is of course, for his daughter Presley, it also is a tribute to his wife Taylor.

“You can always run to daddy, you’ll always be my baby, but look at her baby girl and you’ll learn how to be a lady” 

The touching lyrics were accompanied by beautiful pictures of Presley and Taylor on the big screens, only enhancing the moment.

Check it out in the video below.

 

Check out more exclusive clips from the show on our Instagram Highlight. To keep up with Brett Young, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 


NYCountry Swag’s Stephanie Wagner & Christina Bosch with Brett Young

 

 

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New Country Music Friday – The Playlist 10/18/19

It’s our favorite part of the week, New Music Friday!

Maddie & Tae have just released their most personal project yet, Everywhere I’m Goin. Take a listen to the brand new collection of stories here.

Real Friends in its entirety is an example of unrefined artistry, incredible talent, and the ability to turn life stories into songs. Chris Janson did exactly that on what matters most in life and that is what makes him an unbelievably successful singer-songwriter. Take a listen and check out our full First Impression Review here.

We also see an acoustic album from Florida Georgia Line plus brand new music from Hunter Phelps, Blake Shelton, Brett Kissel, Cole Swindell, Logan Mize, Thomas Finchum and many more.

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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Sam Hunt is Back with Brand New Song “Kinfolks”

Sam Hunt Kinfolks

After a hiatus from the music industry, Sam Hunt is back with a brand new song, “Kinfolks”, which made it’s world premiere today (October 10th). The award-winning singer-songwriter co-wrote the new track with Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, and Josh Osborne and it will officially impact country radio on Monday, October 14th.

Hunt has been teasing the new music all week on social media, and sonically, “Kinfolks” channels the signature R&B infused country that he has perfected over the years with smash hits like “Body Like A Backroad”, “Ex To See” and “Leave The Night On”. The story unfolds of wanting to bring a new relationship home, maybe for the first time, and introduce them to everyone you love who has been there from the start.

“When I think of ‘kinfolks,’ when I think of that phrase,” says Hunt in a press release, “I think of my family, but also I think of my people back home – beyond family. It’s my buddies who’ve been a part of my story from the beginning. I’ve made a lot of new friends and met a lot of new people who are important to me since I’ve moved away, but that core group is still my core group. It’s like that old saying, ‘you can’t make old friends.’”

Hunt is currently in the studio finishing up his latest project which can be expected in the new year. “Kinfolks” follows a teaser of music that the multi-platinum selling premiered “Sinning With You” during his Bud Light House Party Tour in Calgary on September 19th.

To keep up with Sam Hunt and new music announcements, follow him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

“Kinfolks” is available where 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 Releases Title Track to Album, “What You See Is What You Get”

Luke Combs What you SEe is what you get

The much anticipated sophomore album release from country superstar, Luke Combs, is right around the corner— exactly a month from today. This morning he released the title track off the album “What You See Is What You Get.”  The track is unapologetically Combs, talking about how he is exactly who he is and you better believe he won’t apologize for it. It’s something we’ve come to love about the singer-songwriter. He brings a feel good upbeat tune with lyrics that are simple yet catchy.

“I’m a straight shooting / Beer drinking, rule breaking / Don’t think I won’t take a good thing too far / I’m a midnighting, backsliding / Getaway car driving / Running away with your heart / I guess, be careful what you wish for, is all I meant when I said // What you see is what you get”

You can catch Combs on the road on his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour featuring Jameson Rodgers, Ray Fulcher, Morgan Wallen and the Cadillac Three on various dates this fall.

 

The full track listing for his album, releasing November 8th, includes songs with both Eric Church and Brooks & Dunn.

1. “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
2. “Refrigerator Door”
3. “Even Though I’m Leaving”
4. “Lovin’ on You”
5. “Moon Over Mexico”
6. “1, 2 Many” (feat. Brooks & Dunn)
7. “Blue Collar Boys”
8. “New Every Day”
9. “Reasons”
10. “Every Little Bit Helps”
11. “Dear Today”
12. “What You See Is What You Get”
13. “Does to Me” (feat. Eric Church)
14. “Angels Workin’ Overtime”
15. “All Over Again”
16. “Nothing Like You”
17. “Better Together”

To keep up with Luke Combs follow him on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

“What You See Is What You Get” and other new music from Luke Combs is available where 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 4/26/19

It’s our favorite part of the week, New Music Friday! This week Taylor Swift fans were gifted with brand new music from the country-pop icon’s forthcoming seventh studio album. The first single release, titled “ME!” features Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie. Additionally, Randy Rogers Band released a brand new album titled Hellbentnew EPs from Maddie & Tae ‘One Heart To Another’ and Dylan Scott ‘Nothing To Do Town’. New singles from Granger Smith, Teddy Robb, Tyler Rich, Tenille Townes, Billy Ray Cyrus, and more.

Check out our Spotify New Country Music Playlist below and be sure to follow for updates each and every Friday:

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