These singles from Luke Grimes just keep getting better.
Today, he dropped a new one called “Hold On,” which was written by Foy Vance and Ilsey Juber and produced by the great Dave Cobb.
Foy is a singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland, and was someone Luke wanted to work with from the time he started working on this whole country music endeavor.
The two were actually supposed to get together for a writing session in Scotland, but after that didn’t work out, “Hold On” was pitched to the team and he of course loved it.
It’s actually one of only two songs that Luke didn’t co-write for his forthcoming debut record (which has yet to be officially announced), but he says it’s quickly become one of his personal favorites:
“‘Hold On’ has become one of my favorite songs on the (upcoming) album. Foy Vance is one of my favorite current songwriters and although he and I couldn’t get together in person, I knew I wanted him to be a part of this album.
He had this song that had not been cut and I immediately fell in love with the words; I felt so connected to it. It’s a familiar feeling, the fear of falling too deeply for someone because you could ultimately get hurt.
I think it’s a universal feeling for anyone who has had their heart broken.”
The production is super simple and stripped back, and honestly, I think this is the best Luke’s vocals have sounded so far. His delivery is perfect for this song and it’s easy to hear why it’s one of his favorites on the new project.
I’ve said it before, but I am loving his process for this whole record so far, because it comes across like he is really taking this endeavor seriously, and honestly, seems to really have what it takes to pull off going from an actor to a real deal country artist.
And that’s saying a lot, because that’s actually a really hard, if not almost impossible, thing to do.
He previously noted legends like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson as inspirations, and I think it’s safe to say he certainly has respect for the genre that comes through very authentically in the singles I’ve heard thus far.
Stay tuned for more, because it’s likely the official album announcement will be coming very soon, too.
But until then, turn this one up…
Luke previously released the lead single “No Horse To Ride,” as well as “Oh Ohio” most recently.
“No Horse To Ride”