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TRACK45: ‘Big Dreams’ – EP Review

Track45’s sophomore EP Big Dreams is today, February 26th and features previously released tracks in debut project Small Town such as “Come On In” and “Met Me Now”. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the project.
Track45's new EP, 'Big Dreams' is available everywhere now, February 26th

Track45’s new EP, ‘Big Dreams’ is available everywhere now, February 26th

Track45, a trio and family band from Mississippi who introduced themselves with three tracks in the fall, are back with more. Made up by Ben Johnson, KK Johnson, and Jenna Johnson, these artists are keeping up the momentum with a second collection titled Big Dreams which includes the previously released tracks as well as two more productions.

The 5-track EP marks the start of new music while, at the same time, comes directly following a six-week radio tour. Furthermore, the single “Met Me Now” that has attained nearly 675,000 streams on Spotify after just four months is set to hit U.S. country radio airwaves next week.

“Little Bit More”, the only stand-alone, original song off this Track45 release with songwriting contribution from all members in addition to American singer-songwriter Audra Mae, highlights their contagious energy. As described, their personal experiences both as a family and individually mixed with adventurous yet deliberate decisions in the studio are eloquently captivated. The intricate entanglement of vocals can only be explicitly compared to the dynamic vivacity and stunning exuberance of a Coca-Cola. Perhaps it’s the filled-to-the-brim talent in each act that creates this overwhelming sense of carbonation after hearing vocals bounce off and flatter one other.

On the contrary, country roots are planted through a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”, which marks the second and final new production of Big Dreams. The raspy, youthful approach of the graceful and affectionate “Jolene” musical icon implements a different shade of color to paint over the words originated and first heard in 1977. Similar to “Little Bit More” Track45 chooses a lively, infectious shade to reinvent and cover the sturdy framework with a fresh layer of paint without reconstructing its bones.

Big Dreams marks phase two of the introductory projects from Track45’s with a continuation of refreshing voices and overflowing creativity.

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Big Dreams 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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Who Is Track 45? The Story Behind Their Journey to Country Music

Natives of a smalltown in Mississippi, siblings Jenna, KK, and Ben Johnson, also known as Track45 spoke with NYCountry Swag to tell us all about their upbringing, their journey to Nashville, and what they’ve been up to this year.

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Taking us back to their childhood days, the trio explained in our most recent chat all about their influences and how music just always seemed to be there. Their granddad was the director of their church choir and they all saved up their own money to purchase instruments and learned to play together. “We always say, we started out in the nursing home circuit,” they laugh. Playing the cello, guitar, and fiddle respectively, they recall playing Hank Williams’s classic “Jambalaya” at a nursing home and then started finding gigs around their smalltown. Eventually, two years later they landed a gig at a Bluegrass festival at Dollywood playing four shows a day for a week, and in that moment is when they realized they couldn’t see themselves doing anything else with their lives. Performing and perfecting a craft at such a young age (10, 12, and 14), the trio proved they were self-motivated as well as had the overwhelming support from their parents to pursue their dreams.

Just a few short years later, they decided to move to Nashville to chase those dreams even further. “That was a pretty big move, going from the same little town, in the same little house, in the same rooms our entire lives but we understood if we wanted to make this dream a reality, we had to move where the music was happening,” Ben tells us. “On the wall, we would put up post-it notes that had our dreams and goals that we wanted to accomplish like, sign individual publishing deals, sign with a manager and the biggest goal was always get a record deal.”

They certainly put the time in, committing to school, day jobs and still finding time to write at least two songs a day for two years before they really started to see their hard work pay off. Jenna, KK, and Ben are all incredible songwriters and have signed those publishing deals, having their songs cut by artists like Justin Timberlake, Charlie Puth, Lee Brice, HARDY, and Lauren Alaina. Ben just celebrated his very first number one as a songwriter when Lee Brice’s “One Of Them Girls” hit the top spot on country radio and stayed there for 3 weeks.

Most recently, they crossed that big goal off their list, signing a record deal with Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group and they just released their debut EP titled Smalltown. When discussing how they chose which three songs to introduce their music to new fans, they tell us; “These three songs told that story the most cohesively, these songs are the first chapter in the larger story that we are telling. What made us into who we are, we want to keep telling that story, there will be more chapters coming soon and we will continue to keep telling our story through our music.” The trio harmoniously blends their voices to create a modern and fresh sound blending all of their influences throughout their lives. Each track showcases not only their voices but their relatable songwriting, something that will intrigue country music fans.

Looking ahead, Track45 can’t wait to return to live music, bringing these three songs and many more to the country music fans they have made along the way. They also look forward to continuing to release new music, letting the world know where these siblings from Meridian, Mississippi have been and where they are going.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Track45 releases.

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Small Town EP 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 the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Track45: Small Town – EP Review

Country music’s newest trio, Track45, introduces their debut project, Small Town EP via Stoney Creek Records. Available today, October 23rd on all streaming platforms, take a look below as we dive deeper into the collection of songs.

Track45 Small Town EP, available now, October 23rd

Track45 introduces their debut project, “Small Town” EP, available now, October 23rd.

A new family-oriented band has landed in Nashville. The trio, now dubbed as Track45, are officially introducing themselves with an EP titled Small Town. Siblings Jenna, Ben, and KK Johnson, originally from Mississippi, offer three tracks that provide listeners with the first look at their multifaceted artistry and honest roots.

“We moved to Nashville with a big dream,” says the members of Track45 in a recent press release. “We’re so proud that our first EP, Small Town, tells the story of who we are and where we’re from. We poured our hearts into this project, and we hope people love it as much as we do!”

Though the group is new to releasing their own music and being a part of a record label, each individual artist has been successful behind the scenes in publishing and songwriting. In fact, Ben has just received his first #1 as a songwriter with Lee Brice’s “One of Them Girls”. Other cuts with their involvement include artists such as Justin Timberlake, Charlie Puth, HARDY, and Lauren Alaina.

Now, Track45 has taken the spotlight by writing songs for their own voice. “Come On In”, the introduction track to Small Town, acts as a musical greeting to, essentially, the world. Lyrically, the story brings awareness to the close-knit family and growing up in Meridian, Mississippi. At the same time, though, it’s a call to action for any listener to come on in.

“Me + You” is a more stripped production that showcases the broad range of the band in regards to delivering soft, delicate tones as well as strong harmonies through attractive storytelling. The vocal contribution throughout the track is arranged in a way to familiarize oneself with the talent present. For instance, Ben works both inside and outside of the adjoining voices until a moment is designated for him to incorporate a mature male lead that adds a new layer to the already captivating performance.

The last, but certainly not the least, on the EP, “Met Me Now” seems to focus primarily on country music influences. It’s wholesome with an intent to retrace steps of the past in order to make things right with a certain someone. Though, there’s a growth in the comparison of the “now vs. then” self-reflection that is uplifting and motivating.

The southern hospitality does not go unnoticed both through lyric and theory. Track45 balances small-town values and stories through an invigorating blend of genres relating to country, R&B, pop, and rock in a modern way.

To learn more about Track45, watch the video below that acts as a little piece of their story.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Track45 releases.

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Small Town EP 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 the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Maddie and Tae: We Need Christmas – Album Review

Maddie and Tae’s first-ever Christmas project, We Need Christmas, is available now, October 23rd. Filled with holiday classics and two original songs, you’ll instantly be in the holiday spirit and have hope going into 2020.

Maddie And Tae We Need Christmas

Maddie and Tae’s holiday project, “We Need Christmas” is available now, October 23rd

Maddie and Tae’s Christmas six-song project, We Need Christmas, is here and will instantly put you in the holiday spirit. And boy, after the year we’ve all had, we need it.

While covering the classics “This Christmas”, “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” the duo not only showcases their originality but their harmonizing talent. Their slowed-down version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, is nothing like we’ve ever heard before. With just a guitar and their powerful vocals, it’s a beautiful and emotional rendition that everyone needs to hear.

“Merry Married Christmas” is the first of two original songs on the project. Written by both girls along with Tae’s husband, Josh Kerr, this song is the perfect holiday love song. No matter if you’re newlyweds or been married for fifty years, spending quality time with your significant other during the holidays is the best gift there is.

The title track, “We Need Christmas”, finishes out the album and will certainly become a classic. Written again by the duo Maddie & Tae along with Matthew West and AJ Pruis, this song is the perfect reminder of why the holidays are such a special time. There’s nothing like traveling back home to spend time with your loved ones enjoying your favorite traditions such as watching your favorite holiday specials. This year has been hard on everyone and this track gives us hope that the Christmas season will bring us the love and sense of togetherness we all need going into 2021.

“This world can use a little healing // Our hearts can surely use something to believe in // We need Christmas // Now more than ever bring us together”

In a recent press release, the award-winning duo shared what this project means to them. “We are so proud of this project and we loved recreating some of our favorite Christmas classics as well as writing some of our own. Making We Need Christmas was such a bright spot for us this year and we hope this project brings a little joy and peace to our fans during this difficult year.”

Maddie and Tae’s Christmas album is a special one and will certainly be on repeat all season long.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Maddie and Tae releases.

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We Need Christmas 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 the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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SHOP THE HERO COLLECTION

The Hero Collection by NYCountry Swag is inspired by the men and women of the Fire, Police and Military Departments across the country. Specially selected foundations that support our heroes will receive donations from each purchase. Honoring their service and remembering their sacrifice is what we are dedicated to.

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