Although July is usually known for being a slower month in the music industry, there were plenty of excellent releases from country artists last month. Here’s a sampling of some of the best tracks from artists across the spectrum of country music.
Cam, “Burning House”
Cam has been one of the most successful breakout female artists of the 2015. Her latest single strips away the pop-inspired production and focuses on her haunting vocals and the track’s powerful lyrics.
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David Nail, “Night’s on Fire”
David Nail returns with a brand new track that’s more rock-inspired than any of his previous releases. “Night’s on Fire” features an exciting experimental sound that may take a few spins to warm up to, but represents a very interesting step forward artistically for musician.
Jason Isbell, “Something More Than Free”
Jason Isbell’s latest album has earned rave reviews from both fans and critics alike. “Something More Than Free” is a touching story-song about the realities of living a blue-collar life that hits your right in the heart.
The Watkins Family Hour, “Steal Your Heart Away”
Sean and Sara Watkins have taken their 10-year-old monthly Los Angeles residency into the studio and on the road. The Watkins Family Hour’s energetic take on this Fleetwood Mac song gives listeners a quick taste of its incredible musicality and creativity showcased on its new self-titled album full of innovative covers.
Will Hoge, “Still a Southern Man”
One of the most talked-about issues of the year has been the discussion of the Confederate flag’s place in our culture. Will Hoge responded to the debate with this blunt and intense track urging Americans to take down the controversial symbol.
Ashley Monroe, “Bombshell”
Ashley Monroe’s new album, The Blade, is packed full of incredibly well-crafted country songs. “Bombshell” is no exception, with its hard-hitting lyrics that describe how there’s never a good time to break someone’s heart.
Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell, “This Must Be The Place”
Indie darlings Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses and Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam teamed up for a cover album transforming well-known pop and rock tracks into soothing folk ballads. This version of a Talking Heads song is a folk-infused treat to listen to.
Daniel Romano, “The One That Got Away (Came Back Today)”
Canadian country artist Daniel Romano knows how to put a modern alternative spin on the twangy traditional country sound. This track is a woeful ode to lost love, complete with a sweeping string section and Spanish horns.
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen, “Ladybug”
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen’s latest single is all about the challenges of living life on the farm. If you’re down on your luck and need a little pick-me-up, the sentiment of “Ladybug” will keep you holding onto hope.
Maren Morris, “My Church”
Maren Morris is a talented 25-year-old Texas native who has become an established songwriter in Nashville, Tenn. Her newest release is the perfect addition to your summer road trip playlist. Right now you can only hear “My Church” on Spotify, but hopefully it won’t be long until it makes its way onto the airwaves.