Every week, the Wide Open Country team rounds up our favorite new songs from country, folk, bluegrass and Americana. Here are six songs we currently have on loop.
“Anything That Floats On Your Boat”, Brian Kelley (with The Boat Boys)
Florida Georgia Line may be taking a break from making music together, but Brian Kelley is fully ok with doing solo music. The Flordia native has a fresh, beachy sound to his new music, making it perfect for the upcoming summer season. “Whatever Floats Your Boat” was written by Kelley, Jessi Alexander, Corey Crowder and Drew Parker, a fun balance between her seaside roots and Nashville country with fun lyrics like “Anything that floats your boat / Anything that turns your tractor.”
“Right on Time”, Lindsay Ell
As a woman, this song really touches me. It’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on something or even feel like things aren’t happening fast enough because of all the outside pressures in society. “Right on Time” is a refreshing reminder that doesn’t have to be; everything happens when it should.
“I think women spend a lot of time thinking they might be missing their ‘time’ in life – their time to be beautiful, to be a mother, to have their dream career, to work their ass off… It’s a constant fear that we might miss the very thing we want by focusing on something else, and I think I’m just done worrying about that,” Ell explained to AND Canada.
“It’s a new dawn for me. I step into my new music, unabashedly feeling that I can be certain I’m exactly where I want to be. ‘Right On Time’ is my own theme song – I have I’ve been told I’ve missed my chance more times than I can count. If the women of the country believed that, we wouldn’t triumph like we always do,” she says. “So this song is for anyone who needs to hear and be inspired by the idea that you can’t be late to the party in your own life!”
“The whole world has gone mad”, Whiskey Myers
Whiskey Myers’ sixth album Tornillo arrives this summer, and their new single, “Whole World Gone Crazy,” gives us a great taste of what’s to come. The song is one everyone can relate to right now, so it makes sense that John Jeffers wrote it during the height of the COVID pandemic.
“I wrote ‘Whole World Gone Crazy’ in April 2020,” Jeffers said. American songwriter. “There was so much hysteria in the world before and around that time that this song kind of came out of me. Between COVID and everything, everyone seemed to be going a little crazy. I felt like during all of this most people were and still are, just normal people trying to get through another day trying to keep their jobs praying to the big guy upstairs and working their way through some crazy times.
“Created by man”, Matt Stell
Matt Stell’s new single, “Man Made”, is out just in time for Mother’s Day. Honoring women, especially moms, the song was written by Brett Sheroky and Ian Christian. The sweet song is the first single from Stell’s new project which will be released at the end of the year.
“It transforms a sentence in an interesting way”, Stella said CMT. “It has a melody that makes you want to sing it over and over again. This song also has a positive vibe. I think it’s really hard in songs to do in a way that I find interesting.”
“All the boys wanna grow up and make our mamas proud/Find that girl who lifts us up when life gets us down/Behind every guy who does something right, there’s a woman’s job at hand,” Stella sings. “If a man has done something, it’s because a woman has done that man.”
“Tomorrow Me”, Luke Combs
Luke Combs is back and better than ever! The country singer recently released his new single, ‘Tomorrow Me’, which will be included on his upcoming album. To grow. the soon dad first teased the song in 2020, officially announcing its release on Instagram last month along with the album cover. He slowly shared snippets of unreleased songs, leading up to the big release on June 24.
“Tomorrow Me” is a mid-tempo ballad telling the story of an ex-lover who is afraid of regretting having seen his former partner once again.
“Tomorrow I won’t like the way things go tonight / If I let you in and think it’ll be different this time,” Combs sings. “So maybe we should let yesterday be / ‘Cause I gotta live with me tomorrow.”
Let me tell you, he knows how to break hearts left and right, and I live for it! Personally, I can’t wait for the new album.
“1×1”, Jake Owen
by Jake Owen latest single “1×1”, written by Josh Miller, Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird, brings a sense of romance and nostalgia all rolled into one. Owen’s voice suits the melody perfectly, as it pays homage to the good times in life with the ones you love. It really is so beautifully written – and it makes you want to hug everyone around you.
“One by one those kisses hurt me a lot / started to break down my walls, bringing them down one by one,” Owen sings. “I always thought I’d always be / The town guy, knocking them down one by one / Another six-pack / Forget it, look at me now.”
The song follows “Fishing’ On a River”, “Drunk On a Boat” and “Up There Down Here”. He is set to hit the road this week for his 34-date Up There Down Here tour.