Tons of new tracks have recently dropped, making it a perfect time to refresh your country music playlists. There’s something about the simplicity of summer that I adore – those laid back, carefree feelings, and there are songs on this list that represent those sentiments. And the ladies of country have offered deep lyrical looks at life and love, and I’m fangirling all over them. Ready for a musical vacation? Check out my picks for the top new June releases.
Track of the Month: All American Singer by Zephaniah OHora
Best Lyric: “We all find solace in the songs.”
Zephaniah recently announced that his long-awaited next album, “Listening to the Music,” will be available on August 28, of this year. Fans got a taste of new material with “All American Singer,” a just-released harmonica-laden song that dismisses taking sides. Fitting for the days we are facing, the song’s message describes how music acts as a bridge, bringing people together.
Other Top Releases:
“The Stranger” – Ingrid Andress
Best Lyric: “Let’s trace those steps to where we can find where we got in love that time.”
Ingrid delivers another heartfelt guise, diving into love’s flaws. It’s a follow-up to her debut number one single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” which is easily one of the finest and sophisticated offerings of the entire year.
“The Good Ones – Gabby Barrett
Best Lyric: “The kind you find when you don’t even look one.”
Like Ingrid, Gabby scored a chart-topping hit with her first single “I Hope.” Her current single has been ruling the Sirius XM airwaves for some time now, and I fully expect it to dominate at country radio, too.
“Redwood Tree” – Cam
Best Lyric: “I saw the world, you saw my parents grow old.”
This one will get you. Especially for those of us, suitcase-packing wanderers. A reminder that while everything fluctuates around you, home remains the same.
“I Found Another You (& She Hates Me Too) – Mark Chesnutt
Best Lyric: “She’ll say all the things you used to say, I’d never thought I’d live to see the day.”
Oh, it is just so good to have new material from one of the genre’s greatest singers. And this one is straight-up fun. With a catalog of ballads, up-tempo dancehall favorites, and more, Mark’s is one of the rare performers who can blend humor and honky-tonk and make it work naturally.
“Lovin’ On You” – Luke Combs
Best Lyric: “I like a Friday night slow ride, Brooks & Dunn, B-Side.”
A suitable selection for summertime airplay. It evokes the nostalgia of a 90s country song, even name-checking his idols and duet partners, Brooks & Dunn. Luke Combs continues his streak of relatable road trip worthy jams.