First Country: New Music From Jimmie Allen, Tim McGraw, Brett Eldredge, Margo Price & More

First Country: New Music From Jimmie Allen, Tim McGraw,
Brett Eldredge, Margo Price & More, Shop Ticket Snatchers

First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs,
videos and albums that dropped this week.

Jimmie Allen, Bettie James

Allen returns with a seven-song EP —its moniker taken from his
father and grandmother’s first names—filled with
collaborations. The tunes range from the wistful (and should be
single) “Drunk & I Miss You” featuring Mickey Guyton,
the inspirational “Made For These” featuring Tim McGraw, and
the historic coupling of three generations of Black country
hitmakers on “Why Things Happen” featuring Charley Pride
and Darius
Rucker.
First single, “This is Us,” featuring Noah Cyrus, is a
sweet love song about “you” and “me” coming together to
form an “us.” The set could use a few more up-tempo tracks, but
its a powerful statement from a developing voice.

Tim McGraw, “Here on Earth”

These times are making so many of us re-evaluate our lives and
what our purpose here is. McGraw, in the title track to his first
new album in five years, is no different. While the mid-tempo
ballad, written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase
McGill
and Jon Nite, asks the hard
questions but decides his role is to love McGraw decides “maybe
loving you is why I’m here on earth.†But the love goes beyond
romantic love, especially when it comes to the video. The clip
elevates the song bringing in a diverse cross section of humanity
with people expressing their purpose on earth, whether it is to be
the best parent as possible or to heal the planet. The video is a
call for unity in these divisive times. Here on Earth arrives Aug.
21.

Brett Eldredge, Sunday Drive

Eldredge makes
a quantum musical leap with his fifth studio album. Collaborating
with songwriters/producers Daniel Tashian and
Ian Fitchuk, he’s created a wide-ranging album
both musically and lyrically that hits the heart and the soul
during these turbulent times. The title track- the only one he
didn’t co-write— brings tears every listen  while yearning for
a gentler time.

Rascal Flatts feat. Rachel Wammack, “Quick, Fast, In A
Hurryâ€

The latest from the trio’s July 31 final EP is a fun, vocally
challenging track that shows off newcomer
Wammack’s strong vocals as Flatts’ Gary
LeVox vows he will be by her side in a jiffy if she decides she’s
ready to get back together. They sound made for each other in this
song that covers familiar territory in a new ways.

Ray Wylie Hubbard, Co-Starring

As the title indicates, the Texas journeyman—author of the
classic “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,†fills his latest
set with all star pairing ranging from Ringo Starr,
Ashley
McBryde,
 Ronnie Dunn,
Joe Walsh
and Pam
Tillis.
He’s the glue that holds the diverse album together,
but it’s hard to go wrong with an opening line like “I can see
you’re a woman of taste from your Reba McEntire
tattoo†on “Drink Till I See Double†featuring Paula
Nelson
and Elizabeth Cook.

Ross Ellis, “Love Blindâ€

Country music is full of songs from men asking for their women
to help keep them on the straight and narrow. Ellis, a new singer
songwriter on Sony Nashville, makes his request with a twist on his
ballad. His plea goes straight to God, whom he hopes will unleash
his angels to make him the man he wants to be for his woman.

Margo Price, That’s How Rumors Get
Started

Produced by Sturgill
Simpson
and co-produced by Price and David Ferguson, Price’s latest
further proves her versatility and talent. This set leans more rock
than country (with a vocal nod to everyone from Dusty
Springfield
to Susanna Hoffs 
and Steve
Nicks
), thanks to supporting players such as Benmont
Tench
from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and guitarist
Matt Sweeney, but there are still plenty of country notes, starting
with Price’s lovely, vulnerable vocals.

Tyler Childers, “Country Squireâ€

During the pandemic, artists have had to have to get creative
when it comes to videos in this age of social distancing. For
Childers, in
this ode to a beloved but decrepit RV, it meant turning to comic
book artist Tony Moore for this computer-animated clip that has the
perfect Childers doppelgänger. The twangy song—the title track
to Childers’ recent chart topping country album (also produced by
Simpson and Ferguson), is good-natured salute to a long-lasting
love, but the video takes it to a purely delightful level.

First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs,
videos and albums that dropped this week.
Jimmie Allen, Bettie James

Allen returns with a seven-song EP —its moniker taken from his
father and grandmother’s first names—filled with
collaborations. The tunes range from the wistful (and should be
single) “Drunk & I Miss You” featuring Mickey Guyton,
the inspirational “Made For These” featuring Tim McGraw, and
the historic coupling of three generations of Black country
hitmakers on “Why Things Happen” featuring Charley Pride
and Darius
Rucker. First single, “This is Us,” featuring Noah Cyrus, is a
sweet love song about “you” and “me” coming together to
form an “us.” The set could use a few more up-tempo tracks, but
its a powerful statement from a developing voice.
Tim McGraw, “Here on Earth”

These times are making so many of us re-evaluate our lives and
what our purpose here is. McGraw, in the title track to his first
new album in five years, is no different. While the mid-tempo
ballad, written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase
McGilland Jon Nite, asks the hard
questions but decides his role is to love McGraw decides “maybe
loving you is why I’m here on earth.†But the love goes beyond
romantic love, especially when it comes to the video. The clip
elevates the song bringing in a diverse cross section of humanity
with people expressing their purpose on earth, whether it is to be
the best parent as possible or to heal the planet. The video is a
call for unity in these divisive times. Here on Earth arrives Aug.
21.
Brett Eldredge, Sunday Drive

Eldredge makes
a quantum musical leap with his fifth studio album. Collaborating
with songwriters/producers Daniel Tashian and
Ian Fitchuk, he’s created a wide-ranging album
both musically and lyrically that hits the heart and the soul
during these turbulent times. The title track- the only one he
didn’t co-write— brings tears every listen  while yearning for
a gentler time.
Rascal Flatts feat. Rachel Wammack, “Quick, Fast, In A
Hurryâ€

The latest from the trio’s July 31 final EP is a fun, vocally
challenging track that shows off newcomer
Wammack’s strong vocals as Flatts’ Gary
LeVox vows he will be by her side in a jiffy if she decides she’s
ready to get back together. They sound made for each other in this
song that covers familiar territory in a new ways.
Ray Wylie Hubbard, Co-Starring

As the title indicates, the Texas journeyman—author of the
classic “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,†fills his latest
set with all star pairing ranging from Ringo Starr,
Ashley
McBryde,  Ronnie Dunn,
Joe Walsh
and Pam
Tillis. He’s the glue that holds the diverse album together,
but it’s hard to go wrong with an opening line like “I can see
you’re a woman of taste from your Reba McEntire
tattoo†on “Drink Till I See Double†featuring Paula
Nelson and Elizabeth Cook.
Ross Ellis, “Love Blindâ€

Country music is full of songs from men asking for their women
to help keep them on the straight and narrow. Ellis, a new singer
songwriter on Sony Nashville, makes his request with a twist on his
ballad. His plea goes straight to God, whom he hopes will unleash
his angels to make him the man he wants to be for his woman.
Margo Price, That’s How Rumors Get
Started

Produced by Sturgill
Simpson and co-produced by Price and David Ferguson, Price’s latest
further proves her versatility and talent. This set leans more rock
than country (with a vocal nod to everyone from Dusty
Springfield to Susanna Hoffs 
and Steve
Nicks), thanks to supporting players such as Benmont
Tench from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and guitarist
Matt Sweeney, but there are still plenty of country notes, starting
with Price’s lovely, vulnerable vocals.
Tyler Childers, “Country Squireâ€

During the pandemic, artists have had to have to get creative
when it comes to videos in this age of social distancing. For
Childers, in
this ode to a beloved but decrepit RV, it meant turning to comic
book artist Tony Moore for this computer-animated clip that has the
perfect Childers doppelgänger. The twangy song—the title track
to Childers’ recent chart topping country album (also produced by
Simpson and Ferguson), is good-natured salute to a long-lasting
love, but the video takes it to a purely delightful level.

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