September brought some pretty huge new country songs and albums. For starters, Thomas Rhett released Life Changes and snagged the No. 1 album in all of music for the week. That was a first in 2017 for country music.
But it didn’t take long to get a second No. 1 overall album in the genre. Shania Twain’s first album in 15 years, Now, easily topped the charts. Other artists to release music in September include Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Chris Janson and Big & Rich.
That being said, October still packs plenty of country music. Expect albums from Carly Pearce, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Mike Ryan, Granger Smith, Lee Ann Womack and more. In the meantime, let’s take a look at new songs country songs hitting streaming platforms and the radio waves in October.
Tyminski — “Bloodline” (Oct. 2)
You probably know Dan Tyminski as the golden voice behind “Man Of Constant Sorrow” from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Or maybe you know him as the singer on Avicii’s huge 2013 hit “Hey Brother.” A 14-time Grammy winner and primary member of Alison Krauss’ band Union Station, Tyminski now has an upcoming pop-leaning album and “Bloodline” is one of the first singles from the record.
Kane Brown — “Heaven” (Oct. 6)
Kane Brown celebrates a big month, notching his first No. 1 single with “What Ifs (feat. Lauren Alaina).” He also just sent out his second single, a low-key love song that closes out his debut album Kane Brown. Despite getting off to an interesting career start, Brown has stayed true to his baritone heavy, backbeat driven pop country crooning, and it’s looking like a winning combo.
Ashley McBryde — “Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” (Oct. 16)
Ashley McBryde is poised to do big things. The road warrior worked with producer Jay Joyce (Little Big Town, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne) on her upcoming record, and “Little Dive Bar In Dahlonga” is a wonderful sign of things to come.
Delta Rae — “No Peace In Quiet” (Oct. 16)
Delta Rae released an EP earlier this year, and “No Peace In Quiet” is easily one of the most beautiful new country songs of 2017. The acoustic ballad is vulnerable and heartbroken. Even for those who don’t often gravitate towards the pop spectrum of country, “No Peace In Quiet” is a must-listen.
Chris Lane — “Take Back Home Girl (feat. Tori Kelly)”
In his first new single since debut album Girl Problems, Chris Lane sticks with the tried and true pop slow jam. But this time, he brought in Tori Kelly, one of pop’s most intriguing and talented voices. Lane remains the most unabashedly pop artists using the country platform to find success, but there’s no denying “Take Back Home Girl” fits Lane to a T.
Dustin Lynch — “I’d Be Jealous Too” (Oct. 23)
Dustin Lynch notched a top 10 album with Current Mood when it came out last month. Now, new single and album opener “I’d Be Jealous Too” is ready to follow up his last No. 1 single “Small Town Boy,” and it’s already well on its way with more than three million streams on Spotify.
Morgan Evans — “Kiss Somebody” (Oct. 23)
Though he released “Kiss Somebody” earlier in the summer, Morgan Evans is hoping to get some love for the song on radio thanks to a strong showing in streaming. Though a fair number of Americans found out who Evans is through his engagement to Kelsea Ballerini, the Australian singer has been bubbling under for a while. And after signing a record deal earlier in the year, he hopes to make a splash in the U.S. too.
Jon Pardi — “She Ain’t In It” (Oct. 23)
Jon Pardi‘s 2016 album California Sunrise has been a huge success for the relative newcomer. Latest single “She Ain’t In It” may be the most traditional country song on the record, which may bode well for Pardi. Boosted by his string of No. 1’s, radio will definitely give the tune a chance — especially after songs like Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” proved hit potential.
Craig Wayne Boyd — “Stuck In My Head” (Oct. 23)
Dallas native Craig Wayne Boyd is still looking for a radio hit since winning The Voice as a member of Team Blake at the end of 2014. With lines like, “You’re like bang, bang, bang, all up in my brain,” this one might not be it. But it’s definitely a toe-tapper, and who doesn’t love a horn section?