Social media is a great thing for country music fans.
The amount of access we get into the entire creative process today is unparalleled to any time in history. That being said, this same technology makes fans like me so incredibly impatient. 25 years ago it would be almost impossible to know what was played at a concert if you weren’t actually in attendance, whereas today, you can live stream a concert from across the country and listen in real time.
The only problem with all of that is as society today we are so used to being able to get what we want whenever we want it. The wait for a song to officially be released after you’ve heard it can be a long and painful one.
So right now, all I want for Christmas is for these 5 songs to be released.
Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
Luke Combs is at the top of the country music game right now. Just in the past month he was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the Grammys, got engaged, and sold out the first six shows of his upcoming tour with Cody Johnson in like 10 minutes. With the Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour starting May 30th and given that the song was recorded back in January, it shouldn’t be long til this absolute BANGER is out.
Muscadine Bloodline – “Too Much”
Muscadine Bloodline is what Simon and Garfunkel would have been if they were from Alabama and were popular in high school. I got the chance to witness the self proclaimed “your mom’s favorite country duo,” twice this summer when they opened for Whiskey Myers and then Margo Price a few weeks after that. They absolutely killed it. With amazing vocals and a stellar stage presence, be on the lookout for when these two join Kip Moore on his Room to Spare Tour in March.
Riley Green – “Get That Man a Beer”
Recently signed to Big Machine Records this past year, Riley is a force to be reckoned with. On the unreleased “Get That Man A Beer,” Riley pays tribute to the man who ended up with his first love. After seeing how she turned out, he figures it was all for the best. He’s been in the studio with Dan Huff lately and hopefully will drop this one soon.
Tyler Childers – “Take My Hounds To Heaven”
Winner of the “Emerging Artist of the Year” award from the AMA, Tyler Childers IS Appalachia. With songs shedding light on the opioid epidemic and the effects of the coal industry, Tyler Childers is authentic and sings about what he sees around his home in Eastern Kentucky. On “Take My Hounds to Heaven,” Childers sings “if I can’t take my hounds to Heaven, if I can’t hunt on God’s land, I’d rather load my dog box up and go to Hell with all my friends.” His relatable lyrics, unique sound, and incredible knack for songwriting are just a few reasons why Tyler Childers has exploded, with no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Kacey Musgraves – “Burn One With John Prine”
Kacey Musgraves is another artist that’s at the top of her game right now. In this video of the unreleased “Burn One With John Prine” it’s easy to see how much Kacey is influenced by the folk legend who has now become her friend. John Prine featured their duet “Mental Cruelty” on his 2016 album, but Kacey, if you’re reading this, drop this song once your done selling out stadiums across the world – thanks.
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