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 a duet from Enrique Inglesias and Miranda Lambert, a TexMex Johnny Cash cover from Veronique Medrano, an ode to Dolly Parton from The Kentucky Gentleman and more.
Here are 6 new country songs you need to hear this week.
"Space in My Heart," Enrique Iglesias and Miranda Lambert
Forty years after his father, Julio Iglesias, teamed up with country legend Willie Nelson for "To All The Girls I've Loved Before," Enrique Iglesias finds his own perfect country duet partner, Miranda Lambert, for a tender ballad about the early, uncertain stages of a relationship. "Space in My Heart" was written by Iglesias, Carlos Paucar, Simon Wilcox, Ross Golan and Nolan Lambroza.
"You don't love me yet, but I know you will/ If you only felt half of what I feel," Lambert and Iglesias sing. "If you ever go, I will never change/ There's a space in my heart and it's just your shape."
Lambert and Iglesias previously teased the tune on Feb. 12.
— Bobbie Jean Sawyer
"Love Me Like an Outlaw," Kalsey Kulyk
If you've been streaming Kacey Musgraves' "Space Cowboy" nearly non-stop since 2018, might we suggest yet another ethereal western heartbreaker? Canadian country singer Kalsey Kulyk lays her heart bare on cowgirl country love song and Top 20 Canadian Country Radio hit "Love Me Like an Outlaw," from her new album Outlaw Poetry (out Feb. 23).
"If you wanna steal, steal my heart/ take my breath away," Kulyk sings. "If you wanna kill, kill these lights, let's set this room aflame/ If you're gonna hang, hang your hat by the back door on the wall/ If you're gonna love me, love me like an outlaw."
"Folsom Prison Blues," Veronique Medrano
Following the release of her stellar MexiAmericana album, South Texas singer-songwriter Veronique Medrano puts her "TexMex country" spin on Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," a song that's long been a staple of her live shows. The cover arrives just in time for Cash's birthday on Feb. 26.
"I have had such a long history with this song — it was one of two songs that I would play live, honkytonk to cantina," Medrano says. "I have been a fan of Johnny Cash's work since I was a teen and this song has been a staple of my live shows that fans have asked me to record for years. I'm proud to deliver it as a precursor to his Feb. 26 birthday, with my TexMex Country rendition that honors his legacy, while also highlighting the sounds of Mexico within his discography."
Medrano was recently featured by Ed Helms on Good Country's "Ed's Picks."
"Beg Your Parton," The Kentucky Gentlemen
Songs about or inspired by Dolly Parton are hardly new and date back to the '70s. Lately, it's been a golden age for such tunes, with Lainey Wilson's "WWDD" and Chapel Hart's "You Can Have Him Jolene" setting a higher standard.
The Kentucky Gentlemen entered this conversation with "Beg Your Parton," which balances classic country influence with more modern and experimental touches.
"'Beg Your Parton' is a really fun way for us to share how Dolly has always been a part of our journey," shared Kentucky Gentlemen members and twin brothers Brandon and Derek Campbell in a joint statement. "Her remarkable career has been a constant source of inspiration and blueprint for us. Watching her has taught us to unapologetically embrace our own unique style and voices. Over the years, whenever folks hint at us as being a little over the top, the two of us started joking saying to each other 'I Beg Your Parton?,' and after a while that phrase started to serve as a reminder to keep going and doing our thing no matter the obstacle or whispers we may hear. Her infectious positivity has shown us the power of perseverance and the importance of staying true to who we are, regardless of others' expectations. We are forever grateful for the inspiration that she has provided and the lessons she has taught us along the way."
— Addie Moore
"Love You on My Mind," Mike Parker
Mike Parker won over part of his growing fanbase with impressive runs on "The Voice" in 2018 and 'American Idol" in 2022. Now, he's taking more of a grassroots support to position himself as a pop-country standout.
With "Love You on My Mind," Parker reminds us that he's a cool customer who's ready for his shot at country music acclaim. He's working with strong material, as his latest single was penned by a who's-who of Nashville songwriters: Jon Nite, Justin Ebach and Jimmy Robbins as well as human No. 1 hit machine Ashley Gorley and someone who knows a thing or two about climbing the Music City ladder in Brett Young.— AM
"Time to Fly," Adam Wainwright
If you recognize the name Adam Wainwright, it's probably because of his MLB career and not because of any acts to watch consideration. Wainwright won two World Series (2006 and 2011) with the St. Louis Cardinals. He's since worked as a color commentator Fox Sports and the MLB Network's baseball game broadcasts.
Interest in his musical ambitions shouldn't be considered a novelty. Per "Time to Fly," he's one heck of a vocalist and storyteller. Wainwright co-wrote the intentional ode to soaring cardinals with veteran songwriters Gary Baker and Greg Barnhill.
Wainwright will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on March 9.— AM
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