Country Now is offering a look into some of the hottest new releases. We have selected a list of stand-out tracks that will freshen up your country music playlist and maybe even introduce you to a new crop of artists as they continue rising to the top of their game.
This set of new tunes is updated weekly to provide the latest selection of heart-breaking ballads, windows-down party anthems, steady love stories and more.
Here are seven new country songs you need to hear right now.
Boy Named Banjo – “Whiskey Dreams”
After feeling trapped in 2020, Boy Named Banjo was looking for a way to reclaim their freedom, and that’s when their latest track, “Whiskey Dreams,” was born. The Nashville-born and raised quintet includes Barton Davies, Ford Garrard, Sam McCullough, Willard Logan and William Reames. Together, they have mastered their storytelling skills and ability to create a utopian experience for their listeners. This upbeat, guitar-ridden new track was penned by Reames, Davies and Angelo Petraglia, and produced by Oscar Charles.
“‘Whiskey Dreams’ is all about the feeling of letting go. Letting go of the problems you have, living in the moment, and loving who you’re with. That’s how we approached this song,” Davies explained. “We didn’t hold anything back and just had fun playing it together and it gave us a jolt of energy and the feeling like we were back on stage again. You can feel the months of pent-up energy coming out in this track. We cut loose and had a hell of a time doing it. And there may have been a little whiskey involved too!”
Seaforth has carefully honed in on the kind of love that’s worth canceling plans for in their new song, “I Can’t Take You Anywhere.” The story finds the pair standing up to the tempting desire to have a romantic night in after seeing how good their partner looks in their going-out attire. Written by the duo, Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson, alongside Zack Dyer and Paul Overstreet, this charming track showcases romantic harmonies as they swiftly rise above the impressive production.
“Musically and lyrically, it’s a bit different for us, and it feels like a progression,” the duo’s Jordan and Mitch Thompson shared. We remember diving in pretty deep on the lyrics and taking our time getting the phrasing and internal rhymes right the day we wrote it. We loved it after we wrote it, but it was one that crept up on us over time. We’re excited for people to hear this one and hopefully relate it to their own lives in some way.”
Revenge country is making a grand comeback thanks to Emily Ann Roberts’ “He Set Her Off.” Between the down-right storytelling and impressive vocals laced with the fiddle-ridden tempo, this female songstress is giving this song all she’s got. Written with Seth Mosley and Parker Welling and produced by Trent Willmon, the highly-anticipated “He Set Her Off,” serves some justice after a no-good cheating husband led his wife to her breaking point.
“I’d read a quote somewhere that said, ‘he thought she was fragile like a flower but she was fragile like a bomb,’” Emily Ann said of the line that inspired the chorus. “I brought that into this session with Seth and Parker, and they loved it. Just that idea that all actions have consequences. And also how there are all these country songs about women going nutso on their men. Chances are, something or someone made them crazy in that way. They weren’t crazy on their own. I saved this song for three years, and now when I play it at shows or writers’ rounds, everyone seems to love it, so I know people can relate to that idea.”
Lauren Weintraub is glowing with confidence in her first release of 2023 titled, “People Like Me.” This vulnerable tune accentuates the effects of feeling overwhelmed by the opinions of others while also offering a new mindset on learning to love yourself and realizing you’re not alone. Written by the budding singer/songwriter with Derrick Southerland and Sam Ellis, the new title also serves as the inspiration for Weintraub’s upcoming headlining trek, which is set to kick off Friday, April 21.
“People like me fall in love too fast / Give their heart away, don’t get it back / People like me like to overthink / Every little word, every little thing / Don’t matter how much you calculate / Someone will find something to hate / So imma let it go, wanna be free / From all the wondering, wondering If people like me,” she sings in the self-assuring chorus.
Warren Zeiders is pushing past all the warning signs for the sake of love with the person he dubs his “Pretty Little Poison.” His smokey vocals and electrifying guitar riffs stand on top of the stripped-down track as it unravels a battle between thinking with his head or letting his heart take the lead. Written by Zeiders with Jared Keim and Ryan Beaver and produced by the GRAMMYâ Award-winning Ross Copperman, the new single prepares listeners for his next EP, Pretty Little Poison (Sampler), coming mid-April. This project will be followed by his full-length debut album with Warner Records, which is expected to drop in August.
“This is my favorite song that I’ve ever written,” Zeiders shared in a press release. “Like a moth to a flame, this song is about being led into temptation between love and toxicity. Choosing something or someone that we ultimately know will hurt us in the end.”
Erin Kinsey is opening up her heart in her latest release that finds her singing about a relationship that was unfortunately “’Always Never’ meant to be.” Co-written by Kinsey with Sarah Buxton and Josh Kerr, the new song airs out the memories of a former love that didn’t work out the way she hoped it would. The Texas native holds nothing back as she finds both comfort and a bit of leftover heartbreak within the dreamy melody. “Always Never” comes on the heels of Kinsey’s new EP, Bet My Heart, which is due to release May 19 on RECORDS Nashville.
“You were always saying the right thing / But never saying what you really mean / Always had a leaving tendency / But never thought you’d be leaving me 6 years two months day three It was always never meant to be / Know you well enough to know what you need / It was always never gonna be me.”
Grammy-nominated Ty Herndon has joined forces with five-time CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Terri Clark, for a collaborative new track that compares a strong bond to the “Dents On a Chevy.” Herndon tackles the first verse before Clark joins in with her signature vocals that brings in a woman’s touch to this windows-down anthem. Together, they find common ground between a pair of lovers that seem to fit so well together, just like “sand and good weather,” “pirates and treasure,” and “dents on a Chevy.” Starner Jones, Leslie Satcher, and Will Robinson are responsible for penning this song which marks the second single off Herndon’s highly acclaimed album, JACOB.
“Getting to duet with my friend Terri Clark on this track is like a dream come true,” Herndon shared on partnering with the female songstress. “The second I heard this, I knew it had to go on my album ‘JACOB’ as a tribute to all those people in our lives who just fit — our husbands, wives, partners, best friends, and family members. Having people in our lives we can count on through the good times and the bad is so important, and this song is for them.”
Luke Combs has shared another look into his upcoming album with the release of his new song, “5 Leaf Clover,” which fittingly dropped in correlation with the luck-ridden holiday, St Patrick’s Day. On Friday (March 17), fans finally got to experience the full version of the new song, written by Combs with Jessi Alexander and Chase McGill. The Country superstar and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year has been teasing the thoughtful melody of “5 Leaf Clover” on social media and live in concert […]
Bailey Zimmerman continues to break records with his debut album, Religiously. The Album. Released on May 12 via Warner Music Nashville/Elektra, the full-length project has already achieved incredible feats. Not only has it become the biggest streaming debut album of the year across all genres, but it’s also been proclaimed the biggest […]
Miranda Lambert has taken to Instagram to let her fans know that she’s back in the studio and is cooking up some new music. The country singer shared a series of photos taken from inside a recent studio session alongside an alluring caption that read, “Stay tuned…✨🌕” On the final […]