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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. "Cowboys & Tequila" by Grace Tyler

Beginning with a hard-hitting, twangy guitar riff, Grace Tyler's latest single "Cowboys & Tequila" is filled with attitude and shimmer. Confidence blares through the heavy chorus as Tyler sings, "'Cause I ain't a place to hang your hat / So if you're looking for that / You can take your two-step back on down the road / I'm a Texas wintered west / I ain't a damsel in distress / Keep the lime and I'll take the rest and shoot it on back / 'Cause if there's two things this girl don't chase / Its cowboys and tequila." Tyler's vocal performance is gritty and unforgiving in this catchy, girl power anthem.

2. "Mama (Linda's Song)" by Sasha McVeigh

Released just before Mother's Day, singer-songwriter Sasha McVeigh honors her own mom in her latest single "Mama (Linda's Song)." In a press release, McVeigh spoke about the inspiration behind this moving track stating, "Both of my parents are incredibly supportive, but my Mum has been my ride or die from the start - people actually joke that we are the Thelma and Louise of country music. In the early days of my career, it was Mum driving the rental car all over the US so that I could perform in smoky bars and the VIP areas at music festivals. She’s been there for me performing alongsideLuke Bryan, and she’s been there washing the laundry in the bathtub at a Motel 6." "Mama" has a blissful, stripped-down production with a subtle steel guitar heard faintly in the background of the verses. The minimalistic soundscape focuses on McVeigh and the poignant words she sings.

3. "Iconic" by Jillian Jacqueline

Following her collaboration with TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne, artist Jillian Jacqueline has pre-released another track from her album coming in June. The song was also paired with a sweet music video that features Jacqueline singing in front of a black and white film reel that plays past memories with her husband including their wedding day. She wrote on Instagram about the track saying, "This song was the first time that I was able to write about love in a way that felt true to who I am. Forever can feel daunting, but believing it can work more than fearing it won't, well that can be heroic." Jaqueline's vocals are soft and delicate as she sings over a stunning piano instrumental. As the song grows, so does the instrumental that feels breezy and atmospheric.

4. "Halos and Horns" by Allie Colleen

“My whole life has been a clash of 'everything that is a blessing; is a curse.' It has made me who I am. Everything about me, about all of us as individuals, seems to come with a challenge or an opinion. It has been a huge focus of mine lately and through the creation of 'Halos and Horns' to accept all those things about myself and put them to work” shared Allie Colleen in a press release about her latest single. The track begins with a wild wild west feeling; an ominous, dark feeling erupts. Colleen's vocals are pretty and light until the chorus erupts and she sings with fiery passion, "I’m sure-fire bet and long-shot gamble / Easy to love but I’m hard to handle now / I’m an angel mixed with a hell bent rebel / Gotta heart of gold, I’m silver tongue devil / I don’t know why I’m always torn / Tween the halo and the horn."