As every Friday passes, there are numerous songs that come out from independent country artists whose songs are well-written, beautiful, or simply fun. We’ve compiled a list of songs that were released last week by independent acts that deserve much love and attention. Who knows, you might find your next favorite song.
1. “Wax On The Table” by Leah Turner
After being named as part of CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2020, singer-songwriter Leah Turner has continued to pave her way and make a name for herself. Her newest release, “Wax On The Table,” follows her single “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” which has over 700 thousand streams on Spotify alone. In “Wax On The Table” Turner displays her Latin heritage and Mexican roots with an enchanting Spanish guitar that is sprinkled over the instrumental of the track. In a press release, Turner spoke candidly about the song’s subject matter saying, “I want women to be able to embrace their sexuality and their sensuality. I want them to embrace the skin that God gave us, no matter what size, shape, or color.” “Wax On The Table” is a pre-release single for Turner’s upcoming EP Lost In Translation set to come out in October.
2. “Run Out Of Road” by Melanie Dyer
Rising Australian country singer Melanie Dyer’s latest single, and first release with ABC Music (an independent label based in Australia), is a free-spirited, happy song about running away with your soulmate. “Run Out Of Road” is a blissful, wild-at-heart road trip anthem about wanting to get lost and stay lost. The song’s message is strong and begins right from the first verse as Dyer sings, “Four wheels on fire and my feet on the dash, we can cross that borderline and, baby, never look back. We can find a little place where nobody else knows and run til we run, til we run out of road.”
3. “Homecoming Queen” by Krista Lynn Meadow
On social media, singer-songwriter Krista Lynn Meadow told fans “This song could not be more ‘me,’ & it’s for all the gals & guys out there like me who are just a little too honest & are NEVER afraid to speak their damn minds.” The bold instrumental paired with Meadow’s audacious vocals make for a scorching, sassy song. There’s a special grit about it. Meadow sings unashamedly, “Most likely to say it to your face, I won’t hesitate to put yah in your place. Some people don’t like me but that’s alright, that’s fine by me. Lord knows I ain’t for everybody but I ain’t losing no sleep and that’s why nobody’s voting me homecoming queen.”
4. “Only So Many” by Chris Ruediger
Up-and-coming country artist Chris Ruediger’s latest release is described as his “college anthem.” The lyrics, written by Ruediger, Casey Derhak, and Frank Legeay, recall those golden four years that seem to fly by way too fast for so many. In the chorus, he sings, “There’s only so many midnights in your life when you’re burnin’ down your 20s. Street lights going off in the parking lot at Denny’s, where she met me, and we swore we would never leave.” “Only So Many” is the opening track to Ruediger’s debut EP set to be released later this year.
5. “Guilt” by Olivia Evans
After releasing her debut single “Of Course I Do” earlier this year in July, singer-songwriter Olivia Evans is back with her second release “Guilt,” a pop song polished with R&B flare that showcases Evans’ sultry vocals. “Guilt” was written by Evans, Shane Pittman, and Nash Overstreet. Overstreet, who’s worked on tracks for Brittney Spears and Meghan Trainor, also produced the track. In the pre-chorus, Evans sings, “Cause it was born out of bad intentions. It just increased the tension. Oh does it hurt to know you’ll never fully let it go? I know you like attention, you live in your own dimension. Oh does it hurt you’ll never let it go?” In each chorus, she calls out her ex by stating, “No, the guilt don’t phase you, can’t hurt a player. You’re just fine, I don’t know how.”
6. Dos Corazones by Jon Wolfe
After releasing two separate EPs, Dos Corazones Chapter One and Dos Corazones Chapter Two, independent country artist Jon Wolfe released the full album titled Dos Corazones that compiles the two EP plus a few extra new songs. On Instagram, Wolfe gave fans insight into how the album came to be by saying, “Exactly one year ago, on Sept. 1, 2020, we packed up our guitars, headed out to Terlingua, walked through the doors of this house named ‘Dos Corazones,’ and created what is now a 17-track album.” The opening of the album is “La Llegada” an instrumental that begins with the sound of a dirt road. The first track makes use of southern twang and Spanish guitars for a cinematic feeling. Another new song is “Here’s To All My Heroes” where Wolfe expresses his admiration to the artists who came before him that inspired his work. He speaks to the power of music and name drops “Willie, Hag, and Waylon.” In the chorus, he exclaims, “Here’s to all my heroes that never steered me wrong. Gave me words to live by when I didn’t have my own.”
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