Every week, the Wide Open Country team rounds up our favorite newly released country, folk, bluegrass and Americana songs for the Wide Open Country Six Pack.
This week's roundup includes an unapologetic kiss-off from Plains (Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson), a slice of AM country gold from Wade Sapp, a song about finding a new appreciation for the life you're already living from Dierks Bentley and more.
Here are 6 new songs you need to know this week.
Problem With It," Plains (Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson)
Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson have teamed up for the collaborative project Plains and the newly announced album I Walked With You a Ways.
Lead single "Problem With It" is a defiant road trip anthem made for anyone who refuses to settle for less than what they deserve.
The album draws on the music Crutchfield and Williamson grew up loving, from The Chicks to Dolly Parton.
"Making this record with Katie was a deeply expansive experience for me as a songwriter," Williamson said in a statement. "I really trust her ear and sensibilities, and she encouraged me to explore aspects of my songwriting that in the past I've shied away from. Katie's support was so important for me as we wrote this album. We gave ourselves permission to lean into the music that raised us and write the kind of classic timeless songs that we both grew up singing along to. For me that was The Chicks and Dolly Parton, and having a place to channel those influences was an absolute blast. My hope with Plains was to tap into something Universal. I love the album we made, and I'm so excited to play it live."
I Walked With You a Ways, written between Kansas City, Los Angeles and Marfa and recorded in recorded in Durham, NC, is out on Oct. 14.
-- Bobbie Jean Sawyer
"Recently Single," Wade Sapp
Wade Sapp's most compelling musical exploration of the 1970s and early 1980s simultaneously turns the dial to AM gold, the equally smooth instant classics of Don Williams and the slick, saccharine and unfairly maligned byproducts of country music's Urban Cowboy moment. In a more modern context, it's the East Nashville equivalent of Mike and the Moonpies' Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold album.
It's one of many flavors on Radio Check: a new collection of songs that covers a lot of countrified territory, from revved-up Southern rock stompers ("Smoke") to steel guitar-steered slow dances ("Angeline").
-- Bobby Moore
"What a Difference a Day Makes," The Gibson Brothers
For the 2018 album Mockingbird, siblings Eric and Leigh Gibson scrapped the traditional bluegrass blueprint they'd followed since the 1980s in favor of a retro country-soul vibe. It was a pleasant surprise but a surprise nonetheless. The veteran band's first non-holiday song since marks a return to its roots, with fiery bluegrass instrumentation and tight blood harmonies as the main tent poles of a tune in line with those that's earned the brothers shelves-full of IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) awards.
-- Bobby Moore
"Key West & Colorado," Chase Rice
Chase Rice's latest release from his upcoming new album definitely gives fans a taste of what's to come. Rice wrote his new song with Brian Kelley after unexpectedly getting inspiration from something he posted on Instagram. After wrapping up a vacation in Key West, Rice decided to skip going home to Nashville and head up to Colorado, but wasn't prepped with the proper attire -- "A trip straight from Key West to Colorado, with only beach clothes, is not advisable" he posted. The funny concept resulted in this moving song about recovering from a breakup and how sometimes you can find yourself even in the darkest situations.
-- Courtney Fox
"Lay Down With You," Dylan Scott
Dylan Scott's sweet ballad "Lay Down With You" is the perfect addition to his upcoming second album, Livin' My Best Life. The concept is simple but effective...all about a man who says the best part of his day is just coming home, kicking off his boots and spending alone time with his loved one. It's romantic and sweet, with a beautiful guitar melody accompanying the lyrics.
"'Lay Down With You' takes me back to my roots. Just straight-up country -- it's what I grew up on. I remember I had a lot of the chorus written already, and I took it in to Matt Alderman and Dallas Davidson, and they just crushed it," Scott explained in a statement. "It's a special song to me. It's just a straight-up country song about a hard-working blue collar guy coming home and just wanting to lay down with his wife."
-- Courtney Fox
"Gold," Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley is back with a fun summer anthem that will make you want to drive with the windows down and the radio all the way up. Written by Bentley, Ashley Gorley, Luke Dick and Ross Copperman, the upbeat song is set to appear on Bentley's upcoming 10th album, expected to be released in early 2023.
"I got some rust on my Chevy but it's ready to roll/ I got a rhinestone sky and a song in my soul," Bentley sings. "It ain't a smooth ride, life, it's a winding road/ Yeah, it might be gravel, but it feels like gold."
"Gold" follows Bentley's Breland and Hardy collaboration "Beers on Me." The country music singer said the song was inspired by his time spent in Colorado while quarantining with his family and their quick return to Nashville.
"I needed a break from it all...I came back excited to be back in Nashville and with more gratitude than ever for the town and for all that it's given me," he told Forbes. The song's a lot about being present in the moment. You're recognizing that the grass isn't always greener - although the mountains are taller in Colorado - but it's pretty good where you are. It's a message as much for me as it is for anybody else."
Looking for more new country songs? Check out our full 2022 new country playlist below.
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