CMT ROUNDUP: New Music From Thomas Rhett, Restless Road, Caitlyn Smith and more
New music from superstars and up-and-comers, vocalists and groups, flood the country music market this week. As the holidays get further and further away, country music artists are warming up to make 2023 their best year yet. These new songs from artists including Jordan Harvey, Thomas Rhett, Restless Road, Caitlyn Smith and more are a great start.
Restless Road, "On My Way": Country music trio Restless Road comprised of Zach Beeken, Garrett Nichols, and Colton Pack, has released an empowering new ballad titled "On My Way." The promising act co-wrote the Dann Huff-produced track alongside Kyle Clark and Lindsay Rimes. Their signature harmonies drive the reflective melody, which emphasizes their vulnerable lyrics destined to tug at heartstrings.
"But I'm on my way, wherever I go | I'll keep on walking this long, winding road | And I ain't afraid to love or to change | And be someone better than I was yesterday," they sing in the memorizing chorus. "I ain't there yet (I ain't there yet), but I'm on my way | I'm on my way, oh."
The eye-opening single serves as a friendly reminder that perfection is an unrealistic standard. Restless Road displays their flaws in "On My Way," to show that they are human.
"'On My Way' is a song we wrote as a reminder to ourselves that it's okay to be a work in progress. It's okay to not have all of the answers. It's okay to fail," says Beeken. "We want fans to take away that it is perfectly normal to not be perfect, and that it is important to embrace and be true to yourself," shared Nichols. "It's one of the most vulnerable songs we've ever written. It helped us through one of the most uncertain times of our life, so we wanted to release this song, and we hope that it can help other people too," added Pack.
Thomas Rhett, “Angels Don’t Always Have Wings”: Country music hitmaker Thomas Rhett has discovered the secret recipe for songwriting – authenticity intertwined with a captivating hook. On the heels of earning his 20th chart-topping hit in less than ten years, the crooner released “Angels Don’t Always Have Wings.” The sentimental single was previously titled “Angels” on his critically acclaimed album “Where We Started.”
“This is my favorite song from the album,” shared Rhett. “I wrote it from a personal perspective, but I think it will resonate with a lot of people.”
Rhett penned “Angels Don’t Always Have Wings” with esteemed songwriters – Julian Bunetta, Jaten Dimsdale, and Josh Thompson. Together they cultivated a tribute track that acknowledges exceptional individuals that display loyalty, even when times get tough. They compare this specific type of person to real-life angels. Traditional instrumentals, such as the steel guitar, flawlessly balance Rhett’s buttery-smooth vocals – making the song an easy-going listen.
“It’s about how none of us are perfect, and how lucky we are to have those people in our lives who show up and love us despite our flaws,” the award-winning artist pointed out. “I often look at my wife and think she’s truly an angel, for the love and grace she shows me every single day.”
Caitlyn Smith, “Lately”: A soaring ballad from powerhouse vocalist and piano player Caitlyn Smith, “Lately” is the first song from Smith’s forthcoming full-length album “High & Low” which will be available April 14. “Lately” delves into the lower side of human experience by detailing the attempt to overcome loss using a series of distractions.
“I’d realized that I’d grown into this version of myself that only wanted to show and talk about the highs and became quite dependent on keeping up this façade that I have it all together,” Smith said in a statement. “Real life is gritty, and wild, and never perfect, and it’s given me so much freedom to be able to be more vulnerable not always put on a happy face, and be honest and unafraid of the more difficult feelings.”
Smith wrote the song with Gordie Sampson and Troy Verges.
Jordan Harvey, “Along for the Ride”: Reminiscent of the early days of Keith Urban’s solo career, “Along for the Ride” is a rollicking love-struck melody-driven up-tempo complete with an electric guitar solo. The song is from Harvey’s debut EP “It Is What It Is” that is out today.
“It’s hard to put into words how much this record means to me,” said Harvey, a native of Scotland who started his career as a singer for King Calaway. “I always dreamt of this moment as a little kid. From day (one), I said I wanted to make a record that was ‘unapologetically authentically myself’ and I am so proud of what we have created. To all my friends who helped write and tell my story, thank you! “
Harvey wrote that he started working on the album two years ago while in Scotland during the pandemic.
“What is unique about this record is that it was recorded not only in Nashville, but in Alabama, LA and Scotland as well,” he continued on Instagram. “Thank you to @bbrmusicgroup for trusting and believing in a weird red headed kid from Scotland. ‘It is what it is’ is OUT NOW! ❤️”
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