Allison's song addresses a common topic in country music: the long, difficult process of forgetting someone who once meant a lot to you. The line, "I don't think about you, until I do" is simple, but poignant. It's almost impossible to stop thinking about someone, and Allison captures that so well in this demo.
2. Courtney Cole, "Wanna Know"
As the rest of the music industry heavily embraces modern technology in lyrics, country music has always been a step behind. When The Chainsmokers released "#Selfie" in 2015, one of the biggest hits of the year in country was Cam's "Burning House," about a dream she had. New artists like Courtney Cole are doing an amazing job of meshing modern culture with country traditions, like Cole does on this song about seeing a picture of her ex with someone new.
3. Megan & Liz, "Taught Me To Love"
The twins who used to dominate YouTube and SoundCloud have taken a step back the last couple years, for legitimate reasons. They've been focusing on recording music that means a lot to them, and as a result, their content output has slowed. But recently they've been throwing it back to the old days, and they posted the acoustic version of this song on YouTube and SoundCloud before it's hit any online digital retailers in studio form. It's a throwback in content sharing for the twins, and a nice return to their old sound.
4. Baylor Wilson, "Love Is"
"Nobody knows how to deal with heartbreak or tears." That's the first line of this new demo from Baylor Wilson. The lyrics of this song are some of the strongest we've heard from Wilson, and the simple acoustic production allows those strong, beautiful words to take the front seat.
5. Emma Place, "While You Were Sleeping"
This Lady Antebellum-sounding demo by Emma Place is brutally honest about the state of a relationship. It's a welcome growth in lyrical material for Place, who we first covered in 2015. Her songs have evolved from being cute songs about love, to complicated, sophisticated songs about relationships. This is a great song to listen to if you want to hear the strength of Place as a writer, as the lyrics are incredible on this song.
6. Savannah Keyes, "Talk"
"Talk" is a bit older than the rest of the songs on this list, but it's just as deserving as the others to be on this list. The song details a complicated relationship between an absentee father and the daughter he left. The casual language in the song, "lamest attempt at an apology" and "I haven't heard from you in like ever" display the relationship between father and daughter, and make the story that much more compelling. The line "you don't get to walk in here after 19 years and make us something we're not" cements their relationship and adds an extra element of sadness to the complex track.
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