First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs, videos and albums released this week.
Parker McCullum, “Handle on You”
“I tell myself I should quit, but I don’t listen to the drunks,” McCollum sings on this tightly-crafted song, which shows the Texas native maintaining an effortless swagger, even That that liquid turns into the biggest bottle of painkillers. To help a broken heart. The song, which was written by ACM New Male Artist of the Year along with Monty Criswell, was another solidification of this neo-traditionalist’s rising star status with McCallum’s recent Country Airplay No. Strong as a milestone.
Alex Williams, “No Reservations”
On his first outing in five years, this now-independent singer-songwriter retains his no-frills vocal delivery and oozes the hard-charging ways of a road warrior, from miles of travel to an often short-lived romance.
He sings, “I ain’t looking for no trouble / But I ain’t looking for no trouble.” Producer Ben Fowler’s crunchy-yet-sleek, ’90s country-infused production provides much of the support behind Williams’ powerful, grainy baritone. Williams co-wrote the track with Mando Sainz, and it is included in Williams’ upcoming October release. make peace,
Breland with Lady A, “Told You I Could Drink”
The sultry R&B grooves go high with this lead vocal collaboration, as Lady A and Breeland put a new spin on the classic lyrical tale of drinking over heartbreak. Written by Breland, Zachary Manno and Lady A’s Charles Kelly, the track is known to put both Breland and Kelly front and center, and together, these harmonies are heavenly.
Valerie Ponzio, “Just a Bordertown”
Newcomer Ponzio has already been recognized as part of CMT’s Next Woman in the Country, and is part of the inaugural equal access program from CMT and Theory. With a whisper, hoarse voice, she pays homage to her deep-running, small-town Texas roots, grateful for the lessons in life and in love with a place she calls “more than just a border town”. says. A promising new release.
Shane Profit, “How It Should Be”
Profit provides a list of the ways the world would change if it had its way – groceries and gas would be cheaper, teachers would earn salaries on par with doctors and lawyers, and backyards would be safe places for kids to play. On this mid-tempo track, Profit’s booming, full-bodied sound keeps listeners hung up on every word, targeting frustrations at the top of many people’s minds.
Adam Hood, “Speed of the South”
A sweet jam that’s as smooth and unhurried as a Mississippi summer night, Hood revels in being her own person, unabashed by those who “move at the speed of light.” “Speed of the South” is from Hood’s album bad days better, to be released in September. Recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia, the album marks a collaborative effort for members of the Hood, Brent Cobb and Blackberry Smoke bands.
Craig Morgan, “How You Make a Man”
Morgan is gearing up to release a book, and has had a successful run on the reality competition series beyond the edge, But here, he returns to the talent that first introduced him to audiences: his music. Composed by Phil O’Donnell on this song written by Michael Auguste, Megan Conner and Skip Black, the myriad of life’s risks, heartbreaks, victories and failures—and the lessons learned from each—are poured into their passionate vocals. “How You Make a Man” is included on the upcoming deluxe edition of Morgan’s own album god, family, countryOut November 11th.
Priscilla Block, “Off the Deep End”
Block broke his way through country music with his bold personality, coupled with catchy but relatable songs like “Fat Thighs,” “Just About Over You” and “PMS.” He continues on that path with this catchy track that perfectly captures the “make the most of it” vibe that prevails in the twilight days of summer. Written by Block with Martin Johnson and Brandon Paddock, the song is further proof of Block’s utterly authentic, star-making methods.
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Reference from www.billboard.com