Last week the CMA Awards proved that true country isn’t dead just yet. In fact if “Girl Crush” and Chris Stapleton’s awards are any indication the good stuff is about to make a comeback.
Jon Pardi is getting ready to release a new set of tunes. The “When I’ve Been Drinking” singer has been busy out on the road the past few months and hasn’t had the time to cut new tracks in the studio. However, both Pardi and his management company are well aware of the demand for new music. It’s been 14 months since Pardi released his debut album, Write You a Song and it’s been even longer since Pardi found himself as a regular member of the charts. The five track B-Sides EP is due out on May 19 and features songs that just missed the cut for that debut, but if we learned anything from Cole Swindell’s EP, Down Home Sessions, there’s sure to be some hidden gems found here. Pardi wrote or co-wrote the entirity of the record, which explains why his biggest fans are likely to be familiar with some of the songs.
1. “Fightin’ The Fool”
2. “Over My Head”
3. “Drinkin’ With Me”
4. “Back on the Backroads”
5. “Rainy Night Song”
6. “Borrowed Time”
Will Hoge released his new album Small Town Dreams a couple weeks back and we glossed over it without giving much thought. The project was released on a busy week that included Thomas Rhett’s new single and Kristian Bush’s debut album. Fast forward a couple of weeks, mix in some down time, and the result is a review of the project.
Tyler Farr is somewhat of an outlier in country music. His gravelly voice wouldn’t suggest it, but the Missouri native is a classically trained opera singer who spent his senior year of high school singing tenor in Missouri’s All-State chorus. His first single, “Hot Mess,” had virtually no success despite being cowritten by Rhett Akins, while “Redneck Crazy” was almost universally disliked by critics before becoming his breakout hit. All in all it has been an unlikely rise for Farr who today released his sophomore album, Suffer in Peace.
Dailey & Vincent may be the biggest stars in bluegrass music. The three-time Grammy nominated duo has performed at iconic venues from coast to coast and last year took their family friendly show to the seas for the Dailey & Vincent cruise. They aren’t making new country music by any stretch of the imagination, but what they are creating is soulful music that makes you feel good. Their new album, ALIVE! In Concert, is available now exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores and online at crackerbarrel.com. On it you’ll hear songs never before released by the duo including the powerful “American Pride.” We talked with the superstar duo to find out what went into recording this live album.