On The Verge: Four New Country Releases

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. "Hair Salon" by Megan Moroney

This song is country music storytelling perfection. Reminiscent of early Kacey Musgraves, Moroney holds her listeners in the palm of her hand and transports them to a small town hair salon. She sings about small-town gossip and overhearing some heartbreaking news as she sings, "Well Kaci's having a baby, the high school football team won state / And my best friend's mama's husband is sleeping around / Everybody's up to something, I heard your name from three chairs down / They said you bought a ring and you found the one / Now I'm heart broke / Heartbroken in a hair salon." Moroney's raspy vocals help emphasize the heart-wrenching emotion portrayed in the vivid lyricism.

2. "Other Side of the World" by Alyssa Bonagura

Alyssa Bonagura's latest single is a breezy track with a wispy instrumental that feels like springtime. It contrasts beautifully with "Paper Airplane," her previous release, as a much happier tune. Her vocals are chipper and bright as she sings about meeting someone anywhere they want her to be. In the chorus, she exclaims, "I'm on the other side of the world / And I wanna be with you / Maybe we could meet in the middle somewhere / You pick the beach / Baby I'll be there / On the other side of the world / I could fall into your arms / And dance underneath the same stars / Be where you are / On the other side of the world."

3. "How's The View In New York City" by Raleigh Keegan

In the latest of Keegan's latest city-themed tracks, he wonders about the charm of New York City. The song begins with striking harmonies and a piano-filled first verse. In a press release, Keegan talked about the inspiration for the release stating, “I wondered what it would sound like if Billy Joel made a country song, and my song 'How’s The View In New York City' was born in about an hour. I aimed to combine the city sounds of New York City and the country feel of music, hence the steel guitar." Written along with Danielle Blakey, the lyrics detail the feeling of longing with a cinematic vision.

4. "Hard Headed Heart" by Faren Rachels

Singer-songwriter Faren Rachels released her latest track titled "Hard Headed Heart" on April 26th. The song's lyrics, written by Rachels, Joybeth Taylor, and Peytan Porter, describe someone who is hesitant in relationships and learning people's intentions. She sings in the laidback chorus,"Whoever he is wherever he's from / Hope he's got a lot of never give up / He's gonna need some / 'Cause if I know me, I'll push him away a million times / 'Cause I still don't know how to know who's here to stay / I'm good at tearing real good things apart / So if he's gonna love me he'll need a hard headed heart." The lyrics are descriptive and present a relatable narrative.

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