We've reached the halfway mark of 2015, and there's already been an astounding amount of great music released so far from artists both on the edge of country and in the middle of the mainstream. Check out these 10 songs you shouldn't have missed in June that are destined to become your new favorites.
Sugar and the Hi Lows, "Right Time To Tell You"
Songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup make up Sugar and the Hi Lows, who have been gaining a lot of buzz with the recent release of their album, High Roller. Their smooth and silky vocals harmonize perfectly in this track that describes the familiar quandary of waiting for right time to tell someone that thing that's been resting on the tip of your tongue.
Sam Outlaw, "Jesus Take The Wheel (And Drive Me To A Bar)"
Sam Outlaw's recently released album, "Angeleno," is a treasure trove of good music. Don't be confused; this isn't a remake of the Carrie Underwood hit. Instead, this is his clever plea to the man upstairs to help him get through his troubles by heading to the nearest neon lights.
Mandolin Orange, "Ole Ties and Companions"
Mandolin Orange supply an incredible guitar and mandolin-driven ballad that's all about those special, fleeting moments that make life really special. It's one of those songs that makes you reexamine your life and relationships with loved ones. It's powerful in a subtle way that stays with you, a quality that's in some of the Americana and folk music out there.
Jake Owen, "Real Life"
Jake Owen brought a new sound and a lot of attitude to his newest single. The fun and catchy track is the perfect song to blast while drinking a beer on your tailgate on a hot summer night. It's the everyman's party anthem for any type of party, even the ones at your local Waffle House.
Lera Lynn, "The Only Thing Worth Fighting For"
Many True Detective viewers may be fans of Lera Lynn and not even know it. She's gained attention for her songs that have been featured in the popular television crime drama, and for good reason. Her beautiful and haunting voice leaves a strong mark on anyone who listens.
Anderson East, "Devil In Me"
Anderson East has a soulful, gritty voice that pulls you in and doesn't let go. "Devil In Me" is a track from his upcoming album, Delilah, which was produced by Dave Cobb, who's known for his work with Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. Although his sound has more R&B influences than his aforementioned counterparts, he's likely the next cross-genre breakthrough that you'll want to watch in the coming months. Seriously.
Alan Jackson, "Jim and Jack and Hank"
Alan Jackson doesn't have time for heartbreak. In his stomping, honky-tonk ready single, Jackson doesn't waste any time crying over his lost love - he's got plenty of friends in low places to help him get through. The song sticks with his authentic sound that both longtime and newer fans will appreciate. If this bar anthem doesn't make you want to two-step, you may want to get your ears checked.
Kenny Chesney, "Save It For A Rainy Day"
Kenny Chesney's newest track isn't his usual type of beach party anthem. Instead, it's a heartfelt dialogue from a man who is dealing with heartbreak by looking for the beauty in the little things. A beer, some sunshine and a lawn chair are required accessories for this surprisingly thoughtful track.
Ashley Monroe, "The Blade"
Ashley Monroe's intensely honest tale of dealing with the end of a relationship is one of the most beautifully written tracks of 2015. Although Monroe didn't write the song herself, she channeled her own experiences into her interpretation that cuts you deep in the heart.
Keith Urban, "John Cougar, John Deer, John 3:16"
Pretty much anything Keith Urban touches turns into gold (or platinum). With an innovative new sound and a clever marketing campaign launched at this year's CMA Fest that drove fans to call and listen to a special message from the superstar, this track is quickly becoming a mainstay on the charts.