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CMT Roundup: New Music From Shania Twain, Nate Smith, Kelsea Ballerini and more

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It's the first weekend of fall, but country music isn't cooling down. Shania Twain gets people up dancing with her new song "Waking Up Dreaming." Ian Munsick sings about a couple of his favorite things - which he says should replace beer and trucks in the country psyche - "Horses & Weed." And Kelsea Ballerini released her sassy, "You're Drunk, Go Home" from her new album.

Other artists with new music this week include Lainey Wilson, Michael Ray and Maddie & Tae.

Kelsea Ballerini, "You're Drunk, Go Home": Country-pop powerhouse Kelsea Ballerini has officially released her highly anticipated fourth studio album, "Subject To Change." The full-length project includes recent release "Muscle Memory," chart-topping hit "The Little Things," "Love Is A Cowboy," and "You're Drunk, Go Home" with Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson and Carly Pearce. The sassy melody infused with electrifying guitar licks and fierce harmonies, is destined to be the ultimate girl power anthem. Ballerini co-wrote the track alongside Julian Bunetta and world-renowned writer-producer Shane McAnally. The self-worth collaboration conveys a narrative about a bachelorette with her priorities in order, as she leaves an intoxicated man in the dust.

"You're drunk, go home | If you're tryna hook up, gotta do it alone | The way you're slurring and the way you stumble | Ain't no way you're gonna get my number | Hеy, walk away | So me and my girls can do our thing | I ain't looking for a one-night rodeo | You'rе drunk (Uh-oh), go home," sings the strong-willed ladies with attitude.

After writing the twangy track, Ballerini knew Pearce and Clarkson's superstar flair would bring the dance-worthy hit to new heights.

"I was looking at my friendships, because I love collaborating with friends. My first call was Carly. Without even hearing it, she said 'yes,' because we just go so far back and we just have so much respect for each other," the songstress told Today's Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen. "We're sweatpants friends. That's how I categorize it now. It's very offline friends as well. Then, I texted Kelly Clarkson the song, and she did vocals that night. I'm also just [like], "That's why you're a superstar."

The hitmaker is expected to bring "You're Drunk, Go Home" out on her 10-night only HEARTFIRST Tour, which will kick off tomorrow night (Sept. 24) with Georgia Webster at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

Nate Smith, “I Found You”: Country breakout star Nate Smith has proved that love can be found in unexpected places, but at the right time in recent release “I Found You.” The country crooner penned the ear-worm about falling in love with the right person alongside Chris Gelbuda and Kyle Schlienger. Not only does the mid-tempo melody display his immaculate use of imagery, but his distinctive vocals that have pushed him to the forefront in the country genre.

“‘Cause I was a train wreck in a dive bar, going nowhere in this town| I wasn’t ready, wasn’t looking for a reason to stick around | I though this wild heart of mine was meant to run ‘til the end of time | Out on the loose, that was almost true | Then I found you,” he delivered the heart-tugging chorus

Smith hopes fans resonate with the relatable lyrics. “I Found You” follows his current single “Whiskey On You,” which secured a spot within the top ten on the Country On-Demand Streaming Chart upon release.

“‘I Found You’ is a song about timing and redemption. There’s nothing more affirming to a heart than when someone sees you with all your faults and still chooses you, and that’s what this song is about,” shared the promising new artist. “I really believe in my heart that everything happens for a reason, and when it’s right, it’s right. I really hope people connect to it in a special and personal way!”

Shania Twain, “Waking Up Dreaming”: Twain hit rewind for her new single and music video “Waking Up Dreaming.” The single, which Twain wrote alone, is a punchy mid-tempo that is her first new song in five years. It is also her first release with her new label partner Republic Nashville, which is a division of Republic Records.

Its video also makes a statement. Imagery included exaggerated makeup and eyelashes, flashy clothes and spikey, teased hair leans into ‘80s hair metal more than country music. 

Directed by Isaac Rentz, the clip has backstage vibe that is all about fun.  It sets the tone for Twain’s next chapter. 

 “I couldn’t think of a better partner than Republic Nashville,” she said in a statement. “I’m honored and excited to be the label’s first artist and lead the charge of this new and exciting chapter. In this respect, it feels like a new beginning all around, and I’m embracing it wholeheartedly.”

Ian Munsick, “Horses & Weed”: Country music might be known for beer and trucks, but Ian Munsick’s new song “Horses & Weed” does a more authentic reach into the lifestyle of the genre’s fans today. 

Written by Munsick and Josh Thompson, “Horses & Weed” includes the lyrics: Horses and weed| That's all I need| Till the day that I die| I'll live riding high| Free in the air| Wind in my hair| Just the blue and green| A palomino and me| Horses and weed

“Old trucks and cold beer have been staples in country music for almost as long as country music has been around,” Munsick said in a statement. “But in my humble opinion, these staples have begun to rust. West of the Mississippi, we have other tools to help get the job done. Horses and weed, if used correctly, can take you to places that machines and fermentation can’t manufacture. I hope this strain of lyrics and melody takes you to greener pastures, far beyond the reaches of trucks and beer.”

Horses & Weed” is the third new track from Munsick’s next full-length project, due in 2023.

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