Each week the Wide Open Country staff rounds up our favorite newly released country and Americana songs. Here are five new songs we can't stop listening to this week:
"Running Into You," Trace Adkins
Arena-packing, chart-climbing foot-stompers like "Chrome" and "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" define (or condemn, depending on your taste) Trace Adkins' music to some. Yet Adkins has excelled over the years with material that reveals his softer side, with "You're Gonna Miss This" as his all-time tear-jerker. For a fresher example of Adkins as a sensitive storyteller, check out "Running Into You." Adkins' heartfelt admission that "I can't walk down memory lane without running into you" says as much about his continued greatness as his new EP Ain't That Kind of Cowboy's rocking title track.
"Alice," Ashley Campbell
Ashley Campbell's been great for a while now. The soundtrack to her late dad Glen Campbell's 2014 biopic I'll Be Me drove this point home, as did her 2018 debut album The Lonely One. Folksy love song "Alice" flaunts Ashley's talents as a world-class banjo picker, vocalist and lyricist ("If I'm Alice, you're my wonderland"). It's from Something Lovely, a new album featuring team-ups with country legend Vince Gill ("If I Wasn't") and family friend Carl Jackson ("Moustache Man," which might the best song to use that spelling of mustache since Sparks' "Moustache").
"I Should Probably Go To Bed," Dan + Shay
You can count on Dan + Shay to release quality songs that you find yourself singing for days and "I Should Probably Go To Bed" is no different. The song was released over the summer after being recorded at home during quarantine and definitely teeters on being a true "pop country" song. The simple message of the song is almost more relatable this year because of everything we're going through with the pandemic.
"I've had that phrase written in my phone for a long time," the band's Dan Smyers tells Rolling Stone. "Everybody's gone through that. It's just that classic tale of temptation, of something pulling you and rendering you kind of defenseless."
-- Courtney Campbell
"Cool Again," Kane Brown
I've found myself humming the melody of Kane Brown's "Cool Again" nonstop lately. The song, one of Brown's newest songs from his 2020 EP Mixtape, Vol. 1., was initially about a relationship that had "gone cold," but it almost takes on a new meaning this year as it's probably fair to say most of us are looking forward to when things are "cool again" i.e. back to normal.
-- Courtney Campbell
"Found It in You," Tiera
Singer-songwriter and 2020 CMT Next Women of Country member Tiera sings about the comfort found in true love on the bubbly "Found It in You."
"I wrote 'Found It in You' with my producer Cameron Bedell in January 2019 and it wasn't until I listened to the demo again after our writing session that I knew this song was the beginning of a new chapter," Tiera told PEOPLE. "I always knew this song was special and I'm so excited to get to share it with everyone else."
Tiera will release a five-song EP next year.
-- Bobbie Jean Sawyer