Welcome back to our feature where we countdown our six favorite, brand new songs from the week that was!
6: Bottled Up, Levi Hummon- A emotionally charged three minutes of pop-country goodness, Bottled Up is one of Hummon’s finest efforts to date. Honing in on the all too common post-breakup release of emotions, Hummon expresses regret from some of the things he never said and the love he never gave.
5: Long Live Cowgirls, Ian Munsick, Cody Johnson- A fun, yet touching ode to cowgirls, Long Live Cowgirls is an incredibly intriguing listen and out #5 song this week. While, there are many songs that play tributre to cowboys, cowgirls are often lost in the shuffle, Munsick and Johnson do a great job bringing to the forefront with this effort.
4: High, Caitlyn Smith- Caitlyn Smith continues to prove just why she is one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters. High is a beautiful encapsulation of the confusion that often follows a breakup. Smith is confused as even though she said goodbye to this relationship, she still feels high on the memory of this love that was.
3: I Know You Are But What Am I, Jordan Fletcher- I Know You Are But What Am I is the standout track off Fletcher’s new EP, True Stories. I Know You Are But Am I explores the aftermath of a relationship from the perspective of a downtrodden man, caught on the left side of leaving. Knowing that he’s the only one still clinging to the past, Fletcher wonders just what it would take for him to move on, the way he knows that his ex already has.
2: Don’t Make Her Look Dumb, Maddie & Tae ( Feat. Morgane Stapleton )- It’s tough picking just one song off Maddie & Tae’s brand new project, Through The Madness Vol. 1, but the unique storytelling vantage point of Don’t Make Her Look Dumb is truly remarkable. Told from the perspective of a concerned bystander watching a boy play with a girl’s heart, Don’t Make Her Look Dumb is a plea for truth and honesty above games. Understanding that breakups often happen, the onlooker is begging to see this one handled with dignity and class, as opposed to what she’s currently witnessing.
1: The Night, Morgan Wade- While not technically a new song, the rerecorded version of The Night is simply astounding. On The Night, Wade proves once again that she is an artist poised and determined to push the line of acceptable subject manner in country music. Diving deep into issues of alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental health, Wade proves that she is unashamed of who she is and the battles she’s fought to grow into the woman she is today.