Keith Urban announced the release of a new studio album yesterday. After scoring a number one with “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” a couple weeks back he sent a second single off Ripcord to radio last week. “Break On Me” is slower than nearly all of his songs in recent memory. You’d have to go all the way back to “Only You Can Love Me This Way” in 2008 to find something with a similar sound. Because of such, Urban has the chance to capture fans who might have been tuning into country radio five years ago and grab them with something that really doesn’t sound all that different.
Nothing makes us happier than some new music, especially when it comes from some of the most talent artists in the genre. When those artists team up the excitement can reach all time levels. That’s exactly what happened on the release of Chris Young and Cassadee Pope’s duet “Think of You.” They lead the way in a star-studded crop of new music out now that features the likes of Old Dominion, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and more!
Eric Church and Keith Urban are two of the most successful artists in country music today by themselves, put them together and you have a formidable duo capable of recording one of the best songs in recent memory. The product of their combination is Urban’s latest single off of his 2013 Fuse album, “Raise ‘Em Up.”
When listened to as part of the entire record, the track seems somewhat out of place. Bro-country influences are plentiful and sometimes overwhelming on cuts like “Somewhere in My Car” and “Even the Stars Fall 4 U,” but “Raise ‘Em Up” marches to the beat of its own drum and manifests itself into being one of the most introspective songs recorded by Urban in a long time. For Church, the song makes sense; in a time where storytelling country music is getting harder and harder to find (especially on country radio), he still flies the flag of independence and willingness to adhere to traditional sounds. If this song had been cut by Church on The Outsiders, it would have fit right in. For Keith however, it feels odd, but in a good way.
It’s not just new artists that will be making waves in country music this year, there are also some big names artists that will be releasing new studio albums. Of course, it’s hard to say just when these artists will be dropping their new albums but nevertheless these are some of the albums we’re excited for this year.
The third annual Taste of Country Music Festival announced it’s third and final headliner this morning. Toby Keith joins Keith Urban and Tim McGraw as the main acts for the Northeast’s only camping based country music festival. Each artist will cap off a day filled with live music. Last year the festival featured performances by over twenty Nashville recording artists and promises to do the same again in 2015. “We’re not finished yet –all I can say is there are more great acts to be announced, so stay tuned,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President Live Events of Townsquare Media.
Over 40,000 people attended the second annual event a year ago, and that number figures to increase in it’s third year. The three day event is located at the foot of Hunter Mountain in eastern New York, easily accessible for anyone in New England. Tickets for the event start at $155, but will increase as more acts are added to the festival. Remember, this is the only country music festival in the Northeast. It’s an event that you definitely won’t want to miss.