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. Rachel Bradshaw’s Self-Titled EP
Singer-songwriter Rachel Bradshaw, known for being the star of E!’s The Bradshaw Bunch has released her debut, self-titled EP. The six-song project features piano-based opening track “Wild Horse,” standout song “Jack of All Trades” that showcases her vocal range, and a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You” with Jamey Johnson. When speaking about the collection, she stated, “This EP means the world to me! It was my re-introduction back into songwriting after taking a break for a couple of years and I got to be as creative and personal as I wanted. I wrote all the originals by myself at the beginning of the pandemic, which was so liberating. It was a season of my life filled with much adversity and growth so when you listen back to the project you can almost feel that progression emotionally.” Rachel Bradshaw sits at the #1 spot on the Female Country Album and the Independent Country Album chart. It’s also at #2 on the overall Country Albums chart and in the Top 20 Album (All Genre) on iTunes.
2. “Whiskey Wins” by Josh Kiser
Singer-songwriter Josh Kiser spoke about his new song “Whiskey Wins” saying, “‘Whiskey Wins’ feels like the first time that I was able to be honest and vulnerable in my songwriting, and it felt good to get it off my chest. We don’t get to choose what life throws at us, but we do get to choose how we react and recover from it.” Just like Kiser prefaced, the track is deeply vulnerable with vivid description and imagery appearing throughout the lyrics. He exclaims, “And heaven hears every cry / Catches every tear from your eyes / And you don’t have to fight alone / Do your best to forgive and know in the end / We all lose when the whiskey wins.”
3. “Ghost Story” by Christie Huff
Independent singer Christie Huff released a brand new track titled, “Ghost Story” on Friday, January 7th; on social media she described it as one of her favorite songs she’s ever written. She co-wrote the track with Aaron Eshuis, and the lyrics are dark and haunting as she recounts a person who haunts her even after they’ve left her life. In the chorus she sings, “You’re just a ghost story / Getting chills now on my body / If you’re not really there then why am I scared? / See your shadow on the street / Feels like you’re haunting me / You disappeared so why you keep me up at night / You’re just a ghost story.”
4. “I Don’t Want It” by Emmy Law
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emmy Law kicked off her 2022 with a new single titled “I Don’t Want It.” With dreamy pop influence mixed with indie folk acoustics, the track is filled with a unique soundscape. Law’s vocals are dreamy and airy sounding paired with its instrumental. On Instagram, she introduced the song by saying, “This tune is about standing up against something that’s not good for you. I’m gonna be splashing around in some different styles this year, and it’s fun releasing a song like this.”
5. “Stay – Remix” by David J
With almost 900 thousand plays on the original version of his track “Stay,” rising country singer David J has released a remix of his 2021 single. In a press release, he discussed the remix stating, “I wrote, recorded, and released that song myself and I mentioned that I always wanted to kind of give it a bigger look and someone suggested we revisit when the song was originally released. Turns out it was January 8, 2021. We looked at the calendar and saw that date was right around the corner and would be a perfect time to release the remixed version that we’ve been sitting on.” The new version has a refined pop-country production with a more vibrant sound; even David J’s vocals come through with a crisper, refurbished feeling.
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