Wednesday, 4 March 2015

First Listen: Lady Antebellum // Long Stretch Of Love


Long Stretch Of Love is the next single to come from Lady Antebellum's sixth studio album 747. The country trio hope to reclaim the top spot with their latest offering and match the roaring success of their record's lead single Bartender.

Like its predecessors, Long Stretch Of Love resides in the pop-country niche that we've come to expect from the country trio. Featuring equal measures of cool electric guitar and classic banjo, the Nashville based band turn up the heat with their incredibly infectious new single. As per usual, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley deliver polished vocal performances, singing lyrics such as "We say that we're through, but I come right back to you" to depict a roller coaster relationship you just can't leave. Lady Antebellum have well and truly embraced their crossover appeal on Long Stretch Of Love, opening up their sound to all sorts of music fans.

The release of Long Stretch Of Love to country radio marks the beginning of Lady A's Wheels Up tour that will see the band criss-crossing the globe with Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes over the coming months.

First Listen: Eli Young Band // Turn It On


With a new EP of the same name dropping on March 10th, Eli Young Band push the boundaries of their sound with new single Turn It On.

While their previous work found a comfortable home in the world of country, Eli Young Band test the waters with their latest release. Turn It On sees the story of two lovers struggling to go their separate ways play out on a grand stage with booming vocals slathered in up-scale production. The track which was co-written by band members Mike Eli and James Young is a daring departure from what you'd expect of Eli Young Band which will certainly intrigue both old and new fans. There's an aura of undeniable excitement surrounding Turn It On that you can't help but be hooked by.

It seems that Eli Young Band want to scope out the country music landscape with their forthcoming four song EP, offering up a new sound to fans that will get them energised to hear more and hopefully mark the beginning of a new chapter for the group.

Maddie & Tae Announce Debut Album "Start Here"


Having racked up over 19 million views and a number one spot with their first single Girl In A Country Song, fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a debut record from country duo Maddie & Tae.

Start Here will drop on June 2nd, featuring not only their debut single and its follow up Fly but a whole host of new tracks we've yet to hear from the Dot Records' duo. The announcement comes ahead of the girls' ACM Award nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year as well as an opening spot on Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Kelsea Ballerini Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut


Kelsea Ballerini recently stopped by the legendary Ryman Auditorium to make her Grand Ole Opry debut. The pop-country singer performed her top 30 single Love Me Like You Mean It while also announcing that her first record The First Time would drop on May 19th.

The Black River Entertainment recording artist was unexpectedly invited to perform at the Opry by country trio Lady Antebellum on ACCA's red carpet. The twenty-one year old singer who co-wrote all of the songs on her forthcoming album was also named one of CMT's Next Women of Country.

First Listen: Jillian Jacqueline // Keep This Safe


Jillian Jacqueline started to turn heads in the country music world right off the bat with her debut single Overdue, and now the Pennsylvania native returns to radio airwaves with Keep This Safe.

The country starlet's new single is a slightly more pop-country affair than her debut, offering up a new avenue for Jacqueline to channel her talent into. The low-key instrumentation sets the backdrop for wonderfully sweet vocals and lyrics of blossoming romance and adventures of the heart. While the pop-country market is currently saturated with artists, Jacqueline is refreshingly different to her peers and has a radio-friendly sound to boot. With several publications marking the country performer as one to watch this year, Jacqueline is a newcomer you don't want to miss.

Penned by Jacqueline herself alongside Richard Marx and David Hodges, Keep This Safe is an enjoyable listen that you should definitely add to your music collection.

First Listen: John King // On Your Lips


Landing at country radio today, Black River Entertainment's latest roster addition John King is back on the airwaves with On Your Lips.

The southern-rock infused single showcases a different side to the Georgia native than its predecessor Tonight Tonight. Featuring plucky guitar riffs and solid lyrics, On Your Lips might just be the single that puts John King's name in lights. The country newcomer adds his own twist to the theme of new love with slick production and impressive vocals that will certainly leave you wanting more. With more pick-up lines than you can shake a stick at, John King doesn't take himself too seriously on his latest release, a trait that will surely help him garner serious airplay time.

Having been tagged as one to watch this year, John King doesn't disappoint with the lead single from his new EP of the same name, and while there's no word yet on a full-length record, the buzz is only getting louder and louder.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Video: Casey James // Fall Apart


As the lead single from Casey James' forthcoming sophomore album, it was only a matter of time before Fall Apart received the video treatment.

The clip features the American Idol alum alongside his real life band performing the heartbreak ballad in a live set-up. Featuring soaring vocals and pop-tinged melodies, Fall Apart is a solid single from the Crying On A Suitcase singer.