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. “You Just Get Older” by Riley Roth and Kyle Clark
Artists Riley Roth and Kyle Clark have teamed up on a collaborative track titled, “You Just Get Older.” Roth kicks off the track with her pure, angelic vocals as she recalls a past relationship. Clark takes the second verse where his subtle and smooth twang can be heard. They sing harmoniously in the chorus as they exclaim, “You can grow up, but you’ll never outgrow / Loving someone you had to let go / And moving on ain’t easy as they told yah / People say time’s good at healing / But a heartbreak’s just one of those feelings / You never really ever do get over / You just get older.” The track features a haunting piano painted soundscape along with a relatable description written in the song’s storytelling.
2. “Hungover” by Sarah Darling
In a press release, singer-songwriter Sarah Darling discussed her new single sharing, "I get a healing, upbeat vibe from the L.A. sunshine. Combine that with the dynamic Latin influence that these talented musicians brought to our co-write, and the result is a feeling that the pain and disorientation of the break-up – as bad or worse than what you might get from a night of drinking - will pass. You can feel the healing through the sorrow, which is ultimately so hopeful.” The track was written on a trip to California; the instrumental is summery, breezy, and road trip ready. The chorus is full of repetition that immediately makes the song an earworm to listeners.
3. "Break Up Goin' Down" by Reid Haughton
Rising country singer Reid Haugton who has gained quite a following on Tiktok with over 30 thousand followers and over 200 thousand likes. The Alabama native has released his latest single “Break Up Goin’ Down.” The track features evident percussion instruments paired with guitars. Haughton’s ready-for-radio voice shines in the chorus when he sings, “Come on baby we can lay here tonight / Pick it up in the morning / We’re always fine when the whiskey’s pouring / Call it what you want / But the truth is there ain’t no doubt / There’s a break up goin’ down.”
4. “If I Knew” by Megan Wilder
After releasing her first single “Hopeless Romantic” in 2020, singer-songwriter Megan Wilder is back with a brand new song titled “If I Knew.” On social media Wilder wrote, “It’s been a minute since I’ve released anything & i’m so grateful to those of you who have stuck around & been patient with me. This is the beginning of a brand new, very long, chapter of music & I can’t wait for you all to hear what I’ve been working on over the last two years.” The song begins with guitar strum pulses and a wallowing steel guitar. In the first verse, Wilder’s words do a great job of setting the scene. She sings, “ What if we never met that night out that dive bar / What if when I looked in your eyes I didn’t see stars / What if tequila didn’t make me such a try hard / I wouldn’t be here / Wishing we still had it.”
5. “Good as Gospel” by Clayton Mann
Clayton Mann speaks of the power of storytelling in his latest release, “Good as Gospel” as he recounts the lessons he learned and wisdom he got from his father. The track was written by Mann alongside Mackenzie Carpenter, Bear Redell, and Micah Carpenter. At the beginning of each chorus Mann sings of his father’s knowledge stating, “Well the words he said, they ain’t in red / But I close my eyes and bow my head / Every story that he told, spoke right to me.” The track’s instrumentation is drowned in a beautiful steel guitar sound which only adds depth to this emotionally-charged country swoon.
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