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Thought You Should Know

It’s time for another edition of ‘Thought You Should Know’ presented by Next In Nashville – a place where new artists have a light. Each week I will be grabbing an assortment of new released country music songs from past and present #NewMusicFriday’s to share. Some artists might be known and others may be breaking through Nashville as I type this however, we just ‘Thought You Should Know’.

  1. “Wasn’t That Drunk (with Carly Pearce)” – Josh Abbott Band

“Wasn’t That Drunk” is song about running into an old flame and suddenly that old spark has been lit.  However, this time neither one can blame it on the alcohol because neither one was that drunk. Take a listen below and watch the story unfold.

  1. “Freedom” – Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley has released his 8th studio album titled Black.  Dierks wife’s maiden name is Black, whom the album was inspired by. Each song explores its own path of heartbreak and growth in life.  “Freedom” does just that as the song embraces what freedom is to different generations of people.

  1. “Wreck You” – Lori McKenna

You may have heard of this American singer- songwriter, Lori McKenna from her collaborations on writing “Girl Crush” or for her recent hit “Humble and Kind” which will be featured on her new album The Bird & the Rifle, out July 29th.  “Wreck You” is the first single off her new album.

  1. “California Sunrise” – Jon Pardi

The Pardi animal is back with the second song released off his new album, California Sunrise out June 17th. Jon Pardi swept the boots off many with his current single “Head Over Boots”.  Now, he has released another taste of what is yet to come off the new album with “California Sunrise”.  The song compares a California sunrise to the emotional feeling of an unforgettable woman.  He discusses how no matter how far he travels nothing compares to a California Sunrise with her.


  1. “Take It From Me” – Jordan Davis

You may have recently seen Jordan Davis when he opened for Chase Rice during his JD and Jesus Tour stop in Riverside, CA.  He is currently working on his debut album with Universal Music Group. However, for now you can listen to his music below.


  1. “Radio” – Tyler Rich

Tyler Rich sings the lyrics that anyone can relate to in his single “Radio”. “Radio” describes the emotions felt when that one song places on the radio and suddenly you’re driving down memory lane by a melody and a lyric.

  1. “Light It Up” – David Ray

David Ray grew up with a passion for music, listening to Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam and James Taylor. In 2008, he entered Kenny Chesney’s “Next Big Star” and won the competition. This accomplishment led to him opening in front of thousands of Chesney fans.  He later signed a publishing deal with Big Deal Music and released “Light It Up” in early 2016.

  1. “Dance With Ya” – Drew Baldridge

Get ready to dance with this new single from Drew Baldridge! “Dance With Ya” is that instant head bobbing feel good song that will be playing in your head all day long.  As soon as I heard this song I thought upbeat country meets disco and was reminded of Thomas Rhett, who Baldridge was recently on tour with. Besides opening for Thomas Rhett, he has also opened for many other country artists as well as headlining his own tour.

  1. “Whiskey and Wine (feat Ray Gibson)” – Carter Winter

Carter Winter released, Some Kind of Fire, about a year ago and I can still find myself listening to his EP over and over again. “Whiskey and Wine”, a song off his 6 track EP, has that soft romantic melody that could easily be used at any wedding.  Winter has shared the stage with Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Travis Tritt and many other country stars. Listen below and tell us who he reminds you of.

  1. “I Got It” – Filmore

Filmore is a singer songwriter originally from Missouri, however based out of Nashville.  He recently released a 7 track album titled, Proof. “I Got It” is a song off of Proof  that instantly caught my attention. After listening to several tracks, all I kept hearing was unique sound that reminded me of an upbeat Sam Hunt. Take a listen for yourself below.

  1. “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair (feat. Carolyn Dawn Johnson)” – Brett Kissel

Cancer is never an easy topic to sing about, unfortunately it is a part of life and country music is about all those moments in life.  I remember Rascal Flatts releasing a song that touched on this subject and to this day it can bring tears to my eyes.  Bravo to Brett Kissel for embracing a subject that can be the most difficult to discuss let alone sing about. I hope this song touches and lifts up as many spirits as it possibly can.

  1. “Love Drunk” – Steve Moakler

Steve Moakler is an American singer songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He has moved around to many different places, but resigned in Nashville for his passion for music.  He has written songs for Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler and is currently on tour with Dan + Shay.  “Love Drunk” is that instant upbeat song that will instantly bring a smile to anyone face.

  1. “Hurricane” –Luke Combs

Luke Combs has been performing music since he was a child, which led to his relocation to Nashville to pursue his passion.  “Hurricane” made the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Charts and debuted at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in 2015.  “Hurricane” discusses the pain caused by a person who turns the world upside down when they’re arrive without warning.

  1. “Arson” – Two Story Road

The duo behind Two Story Road is Jamelle and Brandon Fraley. The couple have been producing music together since they’ve been married.  They recently released their first EP in late 2015 and features their debut song titled “Arson”. “Arson” has that dark mysterious sound throughout the lyrics as it discusses two sisters trapped by their father’s abuse and ends with a heartbreaking conclusion.

  1. “Tie Me Down” – Taylor Ray Holbrook

Taylor Ray Holbrook is an independent artist from southwest Virginia.   After several career choices, he has resorted back to his passion of song writing and singing. With thousands upon thousands of views on YouTube, Holbrook has created quite the fan base which has led him to his relocation to Nashville, Tennessee.

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