So much has happened in the two weeks New Music Monday was away. I hardly know where to begin, but I think I'm gonna go with traumatic first just to get it out of the way. As we all know by now The Band Perry has jumped ship....or perhaps more jumped the fishin' boat, for Pop music. They have released their first single, "Stay in the Dark" from their upcoming album, "My Bad Imagination" and have been performing on nearly every late night show there is. They successfully performed a small block of sold out pop up concerts the last month in prep for the albums release. Now, I really wanna support these guys. When they said they weren't jumping ship and just taking a long time to work on this album, I believed them. When they started the "Comeback Kid" single, 24 hour live stream, hashtags, promo hype, I watched. Not for 24 hours cause I don't have that kind of attention span, but I checked in through out. Now, they have changed their image, their actual, physical image and the artwork for "My Bad Imagination", to go along with this conversion from country to pop. I cannot lie, kinda creeps me out. Once the lyric vid was released I decided I would for sure need some sort of pill, counseling or something to help me through this transition if I am gonna remain a The Band Perry fan. If that makes me a fair weather fan, than that's what it does, but I'm just being honest. I'm struggling to keep up with this trio. I so want to be behind them and support this transition, but there has been so much back and forth I am struggle to believe that they are the ones actually in charge of what is going on. Kimberly said recently at one of their late night performances that they felt this is kinda who they've been all along and they are just now getting the chance to let it all come out. I mean.....does that mean you faked your country career to get to your pop career? Does it mean you are faking your pop career to spread the word and expand your country listening fan base? I'm still confused and I feel it won't resolve quickly. Give the new single a listen and decide for yourself.
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The Band Perry - "Stay in the Dark"
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Above is the artwork and lyric video that has been released along with "Stay in the Dark". I heard the trio discuss the masks used on both as kind of a green screen type idea. The masks remove anything specific and leaves room for you to fit whatever image relates to you and you relate to the song. I'm sorry, but I can't focus on anything other than the creepy robber masks. It's al I see. Robbers making out, robbers doing yoga-esq modern dance, and bangs.....because Kimberly Perry's bangs are sharp right now!! Decide for yourself.
Kelleigh Bannen - "Church Clothes"
While we were breaking Spring several of our favorites released new singles, EP and a Album. I am going to start off with Kelleigh Bannen's single, "Church Clothes". Per the artist it has taken four years for this single to finally get the opportunity it deserved. Now released and with a video complete "Church Clothes" has been on repeat in my home for several weeks now. I LOVE this song y'all!!! Maybe it is because I grew up in church, the south, or because I spent time serving in ministry. It maybe because I have such strong feelings towards being exactly who we are even when who we really are is extremely flawed. Whatever it is, I LOVE THIS SONG!!! Written by Liz Rose and Nicolle Galyon, "Church Clothes" is a testimony to what we present vs. who we are in private. I encourage you to download this tune via iTunes, spotify, and whatever other outlet you can. This song is so on point that I seriously struggle to understand why it has taken four years for it to be released. If you don't follow Kelleigh on socials you should. She also does a weekly pod cast called, "This Nashville Life" and in promotion for "Church Clothes", every Sunday she is doing a "confessions" live stream via Facebook at 6p.m. central time. Check it all out and download "Church Clothes", ASAP!!
Also dropping a single is the ever popular Sam Hunt. Earlier in Fall Sam's fans nearly died when he began posting Insta vids and pics with a female. Speculation hit crazy high levels and the virtual hate spewed like that bitter high school mean girl who finally realized she peaked in 11th grade. Bitter, Mean, Rude, Uncalled for are all good words to describe some of the comments on Mr. Hunts socials over these postings. It is my understanding that his now fiancé Hannah had to delete her socials. I would hope that she has since been able to return to socials, perhaps as a private account or with a secret identity cause that is straight up ridiculous. I'll expound on ridiculous fans in a upcoming post. I'm still trying to calm down before I write it. Well, Sam has been undeterred by the lack of fan support for his relationship. I mean, I support that choice Sam. Since the original post Sam has not apologized or made any "real" comments on the topic other than announcing his engagement. I just read today that the wedding will probably be this Spring. Inspired by his fiancé and the rekindling of their love Hunt has released two songs, "Drinkin' Too Much" and "Body Like a Back Road", both inspired by and dedicated to Hunts lady. "Body Like a Back Road" has been stuck in my head for days and kinda feels like a country version of John Mayer's, "Your Body is a Wonderland", the idea of it, not the sound. Anywho, I find both tracks very endearing and can understand how they might help win back a old flame. Give them each a listen and decide for yourself. The album these tracks will be apart of is set to release in the Fall. Congrats on the upcoming nuptials Sam and Hannah!!!
Sam Hunt - "Body Like a Back Road"
Sam Hunt - "Drinkin' Too Much"
Friday, March 24th, 2017 both Lindsay Ell and RaeLynn dropped albums to country radio, iTunes, and in stores.
Lindsay Ell released a EP titled, "Worth the Wait" by having a concert in Nashville where she performed tracks from the album for fellow industry folk as well as several fans. Lindsay has been touring as opener for acts like Brad Paisley, Kip Moore, she performed with Carrie Underwood on the CMA's, the Ryman, and regularly performs with the Raging Idiots, a band led by her bf and radio host, Bobby Bones. She will also be apart of this years, "Tin Pan South" which is a writer/performer kind of time in Nashville where a lot of artists/writers do unplugged, in the round-esq gigs around town telling the stories behind the songs and performing a few. I am legit having serious FOMO over it and it's just begun.
Lindsay Ell - "Worth the Wait"
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RaeLynn - "Wild Horse"
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RaeLynn released, "Wild Horse" just in time for her first headlining tour, The Rave Tour. The Voice alumn just finished touring with Blake Shelton and with the release of "Wild Horse" I don't see her touring schedule calming down anytime soon. I pre-ordered this album after hearing. "Love Triangle", "Insecure", and "Diamonds". I genuinely love this album. I think that the five years it has taken since her time on The Voice has served her well. It appears and sounds as though she has been learning from her coach Blake, as well as many others in the country music community. The writer I mentioned earlier on the Kelleigh Bannen track, Nicolle Galyon is co-producer on this album and I think the entire team did a wonderful job with it. They all should feel very proud about this musical offering they have released to the fans. Today I am gonna share the title track from the album as it is one of my faves. If you have the chance you should youtube Rae sharing where the song came from and how it became the title track for the album. I love behind the music type stuff.
Another single hitting radio TODAY is Maren Morris, "I Could Use a Love Song", from "Hero". This will be the third release from Morris' freshman album. She has already won a CMA, Grammy, and several other awards for "My Church" the first single off the record. I expect she will be performing at the ACM's this weekend as she is nominated in several categories. There was a performers list published, but I have already forgotten all the details. I just know that some of our faves are performing at the Party for a Cause as well as the big show. You can read my past post on my ACM predictions to see what my money is on for winners this year. Morris will be releasing the video which has already been filmed, shortly.
Maren Morris - "I Could Use a Love Song"
You have so much listening to do I am going to close out this weeks New Music Monday with a reminder. These tracks are all new to radio which means you need to do some requesting. You can call in, tweet, insta, facebook and even good ol' fashion snail mail in your requests to your local radio. Soon video's for all of these tunes will hit video stations and will need votes as well. Keep an eye out and be sure to follow all these amazing artists on socials for the most up to date information on singles, albums, tours, etc.