Emily Hackett beats Kelsea Ballerini at her own game of creating fun, confident pop country songs. Hackett's "Nostalgia" rivals some pop hits in catchiness, while holding onto the lyrical tradition of country music. The video is a fun, somewhat symbolic end to summer.
The opening shot of Camille Rae's music video for her song "I Need Me" is an almost uncomfortably close shot of her face. The camera slowly zooms out as her eyelids open, her eyes showing a glimpse of the immense grief of lost love explored in the video. "My videographer, Jacob Long, was the brilliant mind behind this shot," Rae said. "It was so vulnerable! I did feel completely exposed and raw. It also wasn't the most flattering shot, but that didn't matter to me."
Taylor Acorn keeps serving up the hits.
Wine-ing about a breakup? Hadley Park's "Another Bottle of Wine" is the song for you. The song is off of their 2016 EP, Retrospect, and has received airplay on the Sirius XM station, The Highway. The twangy track features some clever lyrics and a bouncy, country beat that will be sure to get you out of the breakup blues.
The digital age has been a transformative time for the music industry in some bad ways, but also in some amazing ways. The internet has drastically increased the accessibility of music, which means that more than ever, great music can be found at the click of a mouse. This particular artist I found through a promoted ad on Facebook (see artists, that method really does work,) and although normally I don't click on ads, I'm glad I clicked on this one.
Singer/songwriters Lindsay Ell and Caitlyn Smith are very different artists, and have very different voices. But on The Bobby Bones Show for the St. Jude Radiothon, these two artists paired up for an unlikely, but incredible duet.
Vince Gill has the best taste. He's been a champion for women of country music, writing on and producing Ashley Monroe's records and now joining Logan Brill on the Opry stage.
Miranda Lambert released one of her best singles to date, "Vice" as the lead single off of her coming album (date and title to be announced). She followed up the stellar single with a moving video, that reflects the vibe of the song perfectly.
Maren Morris's debut record Hero is a genre-blending masterpiece. The record mixes country with her soul and pop influences, while maintaining an extremely high quality of songwriting throughout. A highlight from that record is the album closer, "Once," a soulful track about moving on from a relationship, but also remembering and celebrating the relationship for what it was.
The simplest songs are sometimes the best, as Ashley Monroe proves with "Has Anybody Ever Told You." The love song is a classic country song, and sounds as if it was written in a different decade. With the simple hook, "has anybody ever told you, they'd be lucky just to know you," this song stuns in a way that not many country songs are able to these days. Monroe recently pointed out, when talking about the track, that this song says things that everyone wants to be told, but not many people are. It's about a flawless love, something that people crave.