This week we return with a weekly single recap that is loaded down with star power as it features quick hit thoughts on new songs from Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley among some great newcomers. Read the full recap here!
Brad Paisley - “River Bank” (Arista):
Brad’s back with a fun single that’s just right for summertime. It may not be the return to “classic Brad” many expected but it’s still fantastic.
Kira Isabella - “Quarterback” (HitShop):
Once again a female artist delivers an interesting single to radio. “Quarterback” is the sort of song radio should WANT to play. It has a stunning storyline and a brilliant vocal from the Canadian import (who is already quite popular up north).
Johnny Orr Band - “We’ll Get By The (Autism Song)” (Independent/CDX 592):
As strong as any song on this week’s list, this one deserves to be heard, especially since it benefits Autism research. Can’t wait to hear more from this singer.
Tim McGraw (Feat. Faith Hill) - “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” (Big Machine):
Performed during last Sunday’s ACM Awards, this song is contemporary but also very much a Country song. From the great melody and lyrics and McGraw’s strong vocal (which is aided by Faith Hill), “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” is a winner.
Allison Veltz - “Bright Side” (Blaster/CDX 592):
A talented new artist, Allison Veltz joins Kira Isabella this week with a strong single choice that should help radio and fans stand up and pay attention to her. The production may be ‘loud’ at times but the lyrics are relatable and Veltz showcase a powerful vocal too.
Austin Webb - “Raise ‘Em Up” (StreamSound/CDX 592):
Austin Webb scored a Top 40 hit with the powerful “Slip On By” and now he has sent this song to radio, a fun, uptempo gem that should be at least as big a hit as “Slip On By” if not bigger.
David Fanning - “Drink You Away” (Red Bow Records):
Fanning, previously known for his songwriting and production work, chooses an interesting song to debut to country radio. A cover of the Justin Timberlake song, “Drink You Away” could be a hit or it could fizzle out. It’ll be interesting to watch how terrestrial radio takes to it after the song spent months on SiriusXM The Highway.
The Brothers Osborne - “Rum” (EMI Nashville/CDX 592):
These brothers from a musical Maryland family hit the Top 40 with “I Can’t Go There” and now they’re ready to breakout with “Rum.” The duo is different and a breath of fresh air on the country music scene.
Leah Turner - “Pull Me Back” (Columbia)
Another singer who hit the Top 40 with their debut single, Leah Turner is looking to go further with “Pull Me Back” and the singer, with one of the most unique voices for any female country singer, should be able to do so with this emotive uptempo ballad.
Blake Shelton (Feat. Gwen Sebastian) - “My Eyes”:
The fifth single from “Based On A True Story” looks to follow the big hit success of the previous 4 (and 11 in total) #1 singles from Blake and this one, which features Gwen Sebastian on harmony vocals, should be able to sustain that success and it feels downright classic country sounding compared to many songs on the radio.