This week’s recap features 10 new tracks from superstars like Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes while also featuring some up and comers like Dan+Shay, Jana Kramer, LiveWire along with new singles from veterans Sheryl Crow and Sawyer Brown.
JT Hodges “Already High” (Show Dog-Universal) [CDX Vol. 596]
Hodges, who is a star on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” channel 59, is set to break out sooner or later with sooner likely the bet after listening to “Already High,” the official single from his upcoming sophomore project from the label. If this doesn’t hit, terrestrial radio just isn’t interested.
Jana Kramer “Love” (Elektra Nashville) [CDX vol. 596]
Kramer has the potential to be a huge star and “Love” is easily the best track she’s released to date.
LiveWire “Drivin’ You Outta My Mind” (Way Out West Records) [CDX vol. 596]
"Drivin' You Out Of My Mind" showcases LiveWire's potential for stardom even more than any of their earlier hits. The capacity to follow in Zac Brown Band's indie band success is there for the taking.
Sawyer Brown - Walk Out Of The Rain” (Beach Street) [CDX vol. 597]
The 80s/90s star act is back with a track that comes from their most-recent album, Travelin’ Band. They’re likely to be a band that benefits from the new Nash Icons radio format, just like other mid-level stars who made some of the past 25 year’s most iconic hits.
Keith Urban “Somewhere In My Car” (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville) [CDX vol 598]
Keith Urban’s star has perhaps never been brighter with America right now and with this track blending melodies from two of his previous biggest hits (“Someone Like You” and “I Told You So”), it’s likely his star will continue to be huge.
Dan + Shay - Show You Off (Warner Bros. Nashville)
The sophomore single release from the rising duo is more uptempo than “19 You+Me” and should do just as well, if not as better, since the chorus is even more ear-worm ready.
Hunter Hayes “Tattoo” (Atlantic Records)
The sophomore single from Storyline finds Hayes back in the groove-filled pocket where he’s excelled through the past few years. This should easily return him to the Top 10 at radio.
Veronica Ballestrini “Cookies And Cream” (TimBob) [CDX vol. 596]
The lead single from the singer’s sophomore project, “Cookies And Cream” showcases the singer’s talent as a songwriter and her growing talents as a vocalist. May not be a huge radio hit but it should do well in smaller markets who give the indie singer a chance.
Jay Jolley “High and Mighty” [CDX Vol. 596]
This singer first came to our attention with “God Save Us From All Religion” and now he returns with this track, an official radio single that should find much more acceptance, though like Ballestrini above, it may have a hard time with big market stations which focus more on the larger record label artists.
Sheryl Crow “Shotgun” (Old Green Barn/Sea Gayle/Warner Bros. Nashville) [CDX vol 596]
Look for this one — a classic sounding Sheryl Crow song — to do extremely well on radio. This was always her best chance of success with a song from the fantastic Feels Like Home.
Note: "CDX" refers to CDX Digital & Disc Radio Delivery System's compilations which feature these tracks. visit here for more info about thier service (if you're a radio station).