From his brand new studio album Little Songs, it was an immediate standout to me the first time I heard it, which finds him appreciating nightlife at the local bar and all the people who feel the same way about their favorite place.
A solo write by Colter, it also sounds like a fun one to two-step to and feels so damn authentic coming from the Canadian cowboy himself, as he admits that while it may not always be the “coolest” place to be, he prefers to be where “the folks dress in boots and hats”:
“Well, I don’t care what’s cool or where it’s at No, I don’t care what’s cool or where it’s at I’m congregating at the places Where the folks dress in boots and hats
‘Cause I’m a honky-tonk nighthawk Trottin’ on the hardwood floor And I’m a honky-tonk nighthawk Trottin’ on the hardwood floor Yeah, when it comes last call I’ll be the last to haul out the door”
The Saskatchewan native weighed in on the new release too, saying he’s been writing these songs over the last few years and they reflect the feeling of home and his life as a cowboy, which definitely checks out and feels very honest and accurate:
“These songs were written over the last three years. I penned most of them from home and I think the songs reflect that.”
This is also the first album he’s released since signing a deal between his current, independent label La Honda and major label RCA Records, and feels like one that’s going to stand the test of time and be a fan-favorite for years to come.
Turn it up:
“Honky Tonk Nighthawk”
Colter’s “Honky Tonk Nighthawk” was also previously featured on the Whiskey Riff New Music Friday Playlist, along with tons of other great new releases from this past week in country music.
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