Caitlyn Smith - "Tacoma"
Starting with Caitlyn Smith, Caitlyn is a Nashville writer with Big Yellow Dog. This is my first exposure to her vocals and I am addicted. Sister has soul and there isn't denying it. Her vocals are solid on this tune and I can NOT wait to hear what else is released by her. As I mentioned before, you may not have heard of Caitlyn yet, but I would recommend you doing some audio research on her tunes. Radio is so fickle that I have no idea if this tune will be a air wave contender, but in my book it should be!!! Give a listen and a watch and let us know what you think about Caitlyn Smith.
With the very first note I hear Aubrie's mothers tone in her voice. Aubrie Sellers is daughter of LeAnn Womack whom you may know from the tune, "I Hope You Dance", "How I've Been Livin'" and many other chart toppers. While at a audio glance I definitely hear the similarity in tone, I don't want to say that sellers is her mothers vocal or style clone. She isn't. She is very much her own artist/writer/performer. I became entranced by her when watching a round table discussion held by Rolling Stone Country with several of the Next Women of Country. She is so distinct. So very much her own artist that it is very difficult for me to see why she isn't sweeping radio play. She calls her style, Garage Country. A little more punk, a bit more dark or emo than "traditional" country. With a new album, "New City Blues" releasing in just days, I'm so excited to hear all that Aubrie has to offer. I'm a fan of the people who don't necessarily go with the flow. I like that she isn't bubbly or pop-esq. I like that she is different. Coming from such an iconic family it would have been so simple to just fall in line and mimic all she grew up hearing, but she is very much her own voice. I like that about her!!!! This is just a cover tune, but her music will be out soon and I look forward to sharing it with you.
Aubrie Sellers - Cover - "I Put a Spell on You"
Kelleigh Bannen - "Welcome to the Party"
fr "Cheap Sunglasses"
Kelleigh is an artist I shared several months ago in a New Music Monday post titled, "Instagram Jams". She is an artists I found via social media. This summer she released a EP titled, "Cheap Sunglasses" and along with it accompanying videos. Most recent, "Welcome to the Party", I have been singing it all day. It's so much fun. It's a fun spin on a break up and helps remind us all that everyone has been there so, welcome!! Bannen is an artist that I am truly enjoying observing from afar. I just saw "Welcome to the Party" today on CMT and was so excited for her and her team. Bannen is not signed and produced "Cheap Sunglasses" on her own. Cam and Maren Morris both began their EP's in similar ways and it makes me hopeful that someone in Nashville will finally realize what they have in Kelleigh Bannen. She is smart, solid voice that has a thickness to it that I really love, and obviously driven. I am forever impressed by the gumption it takes to do something on your own in a town like Nashville. There is no way it has been easy, but my word it's had to be gratifying!!!! Creatively if in no other way. Give Kelleigh a listen and prepare to hear more of her in future New Music Monday posts and hopefully on your local radio.
Last, the only dude in today's post, Ryan Hurd. I also shared a Ryan tune in my past #NMM post titled, "Instagram Jams". Hurd has been doing a variety of shows on a variety of tours. Most recently he could be seen on tour with Chase Rice, Maren Morris (his GF btw) you may recognize her bgvs on today's tune. He's been writing for other artists for a while so, I am not surprised that Hurd would break out on his own and releases some tunes. This week he also released a new single called, "Love in a Bar". I couldn't find audio for it to share with you today, but you can check it out on Spotify. I think that Ryan is another one of those artists that we are only going to be hearing more and more about in the coming months and years. The single that proceeded "Love in a Bar" is "We Do Us", which I am sharing with you today. Give it a listen. Let us know what you think.
Ryan Hurd - "We Do Us"
All of these artists have released or are releasing tunes in the recent weeks. I consider them to be on the verge. The verge of getting air play on local radio, the verge of being names you start hearing from other artists, the verge of being openers on tours, and so much more. Give your local radio a call and make sure they add them to their rotation. Your requests totally make a different for an artist/band. Especially new artists who are just busting their rear to get heard. All of today's #NMM artist have socials so, go give them a follow for updates, new tunes, show dates, etc.
Happy New Music Monday Y'all!!!! Have a rockin' week filled with new tunes and new experiences!!!!