Every other week, the Wide Open Country team rounds up our favorite newly released country and Americana songs. Here are 6 songs we currently have on repeat.
"Off Road," Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley's first new song of the year doesn't disappoint. You'll easily be singing this girl power song for days. The lyrics follow a young woman pursuing her dreams across the country, living life on her own terms. According to CMT, Paisley announced his new song on Instagram and was clearly just as excited to release it as we were to listen to it.
"So I've been spending a bunch of time in the studio and I finally got some new music for you, and it's gonna come out tomorrow," he said. "There's a song called 'Off Road' that's about every girl that won't stay in her lane, every girl that busts through roadblocks to get where she wants to go. You know who you are, I hope you love it."
-- Courtney Fox
"Chasing After You," Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris
It's hard to believe that this is the first duet released by Maren Morris and her husband Ryan Hurd. They are both known for being incredible songwriters (they met for the first time working on a Tim McGraw song together) and though the couple didn't write this song, they knew it was something special. The couple came across the song years ago after it made its rounds through Nashville. Knowing that Morris and Hurd are together in real life gives the romantic love song has even more depth. We honestly can't get enough.
"Maren and I met writing songs and we've sung on each other's records and written together, but this is the first time we've gotten to do an actual duet together," Hurd said in a press release. "It feels like the timing is really perfect and it's a full-circle moment to get to make music together in this way."
-- Courtney Fox
"Miles," Tiera featuring Breland
Rising country stars Tiera and Breland team up for the breezy love song "Miles," the latest relase from Tiera's forthcoming EP (out in March 2021). With a chorus that will be stuck in your head for days, the feel-good tune is the perfect soundtrack for upcoming spring and summer road trips with your sweetie.
Tiera, who released "Found it in You" last year, is signed to Nicolle Galyon's female-focused publishing company Songs & Daughters.
Breland released two EPs last year: his self-titled project, featuring "My Truck," with Sam Hunt, and Rage & Sorrow, featuring "Real Men Don't Cry."
-- Bobbie Jean Sawyer
"Sorrow," The Brother Brothers
The Brother Brothers (identical twins Adam and David Moss) showcase stunning harmonies on "Sorrow," a yearning plead that would sound right at home between the Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys.
"This song sets out to tell a story as old as humanity--sorrow--and to trace the line it travels through all of us," David Moss says of the somber tune.
"Sorrow" is the latest release from the duo's forthcoming album Calla Lily (out on April 16th via Compass Records).
-- Bobbie Jean Sawyer
"Midnight Slow Dance," Kip Moore
Kip Moore's been a top-notch storyteller for at least 10 years now, dating back to the chart-topping success of "Somethin' Bout a Truck." Yet he's never sounded better than he does on the 13 blue collar, rock-inspired stories on 2020's Wild World.
As country stars do nowadays, Moore's already revisited Wild World by adding four bonus tracks. Among them is "Midnight Slow Dance," an up-tempo love song that's the right balance of stadium-ready mainstream country brawn and the vivid imagery that set Heartland rock's steak and sizzle apart from the Aqua Net crowd.
Though it's new as a studio recording, longtime fans will recognize "Midnight Slow Dance" from Moore's live setlist.
"The Times They Are a Changin'," The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Feat. The War and Treaty, Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash and Steve Earle)
The elder statesmen role suits former jug band, folk-rockers and Nashville hit-makers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as they lead an all-star ensemble through a cover of signature Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are a Changin'."
Fellow legends (Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle) and two of the best roots music acts going (The War and Treaty, Jason Isbell) join the Dirt Band inner circle (that's Matraca Berg on harmonica) for a folk standard that suits our current situation about as well as it suited 1964.
"It moved me deeply then and that hasn't changed," says the Dirt Band's Jeff Hanna, who first sang the song in concert back in 1964. "The lyrics are as relevant today as they were when Dylan wrote it. Maybe even more so."
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