So far, 2017 has brought us a lot of new country music. Chris Stapleton’s latest record is still selling like hotcakes. Brett Young is undoubtedly the breakout star of the year, though Luke Combs makes a solid case with his single “Hurricane.” And of course, Sam Hunt’s song “Body Like A Backroad” has become a record-breaking crossover hit.
Plenty of artists have new albums coming out in August. Alex Williams, Lindsay Ell, Lee Roy Parnell and Will Hoge all have new projects — and that’s just in one week. Other acts with new records include Brett Eldredge, Dylan Scott, Old Dominion and The Cadillac Three.
However, August sees a pretty light list of new radio singles, though a few superstars do make the cut. Here’s a list of new country songs for August 2017.
Zac Brown Band, “Roots” (Aug. 7)
This tune comes off Zac Brown Band’s most recent album, Welcome Home. The modern song with classic country roots (pun intended) chronicles the band’s steady rise from small town opener to international stadium filler.
Brandon Lay, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” (Aug. 7)
Brandon Lay is an independent singer from Jackson, Tenn. who recently made his way to Nashville, but his song “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” carries all the necessary components for a decent showing at country radio. The nostalgic song already has more than 500,000 streams on Spotify.
Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth” (Aug. 14)
As album opener off their 2016 album Dig Your Roots, there’s nothing new about “Smooth,” but it’s going out to radio anyways. And if their previous chart success is any indication, it’ll do just fine. It’s about as close to a love song as FGL gets, which is to say, not particularly romantic.
Chase Rice, “Three Chords & The Truth” (Aug. 14)
Chase Rice was probably the bro-iest of bros when his debut album came out. But now he’s trying to release something that perhaps carries a bit more weight, borrowing the oft-used Harlan Howard quote about country music for inspiration.
Chase Bryant, “Hell If I Know” (Aug. 21)
This is actually a brand new song, so we don’t have any way to share it just yet. But it’s Bryant’s first new music in awhile, which is exciting for the promising young singer who just spent quite a bit of time opening up for Brad Paisley on the road.