This week we take a look at new singles from stars like Gretchen Wilson, Big&Rich, LoCash Cowboys, Wynonna, Chris Cagle, Blake Shelton and Carrie Undewood. In addiion newcomers Rachel Holder, Dylan Scott, and Morgan Frazier fill out the list. The songs run the gamut from radio-ready to ditties to soul-stirring tunes to Traditionalist-like tunes. Take a look to see what I think of these ten new tunes below!
Blake Shelton - "Boys ‘Round Here" (Warner Brothers)
Wynonna - Something You Can’t Leave Without (Curb)
The latest DWTS participant sounds at her best here, whether radio goes for something this bluesy or not is debatable – but it's a first-rate performance, nonetheless.
LoCash Cowboys - "Chase A Little Love" (Average Joes Entertainment)
Nashville sounds like it has just discovered” the term “Backbeat,” but these guys were doing it before it was cool. It’s just too bad that everyone else has happened on to the sound.
Carrie Underwood - "See You Again: (19/Arista)
Nice mid-tempo tune from Carrie. Has a breezy feel and flow to it that suits her voice well.
Rachel Holder - "Five Days" (Curb)
One of the brightest stars on the horizon shows her attitude on a single that captures her energy and enthusiasm.
Chris Cagle - "Dance Baby Dance" (Bigger Picture)
A very traditional sound from one of Country’s biggest fan favorites. Sweet and romantic.
Big & Rich - "Cheat On You " (Warner Brothers Nashville)
A well produced record that showcases their tight harmonies. Extremely well-written.
Morgan Frazier - "Yellow Brick Road" (Sidewalk)
Youthful sound and zest make for a debut that is very appealing. One to watch.
Dylan Scott - "Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy" (Sidewalk)
Effective vocal works well on a song that sounds made for spring.
Gretchen Wilson - "Still Rollin’" (Redneck Records)
Radio needs to give Wilson a second shot at radio. This track brings to mind the best of Bob Seger with an 80s vibe. Vocally, she’s still as sharp as she ever was.