Bailey Zimmerman Takes A Stand Against Haters In New Summertime Anthem, ‘New To Country’

You can take Zimmerman out of the country, but you can never take the country out of Zimmerman.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 28, 2024


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Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Bailey Zimmerman might not sport the usual cowboy hats or boots, but as his latest song asserts, he is definitely not “New To Country.”

The singer/songwriter broke out onto the scene as a viral sensation while living in a small town in Illinois and besides the fame and fortune he’s come into with the rise of his music career, he’s making sure everyone knows that his country roots are still as deep as they’ve ever been. 

As he previously stated on Instagram, “Being country is about way more than wearing a cowboy hat on your head or boots on your feet. I grew up country as hell and I still ain’t changed. So I wrote a song a song about it for everybody that makes fun of me and tells me I’m not country ‘cause I wear Air Force 1’s.”

Bailey Zimmerman; New To Country
Bailey Zimmerman; New To Country

Delivering His Message Loud And Clear

Out Friday, June 28, the booming new song penned by Zimmerman with Austin Shawn, Heath Warren, Jacob Hackworth and Tim Galloway kicks off with an epic guitar riff before Zimmerman’s gritty vocals turn things up in a rowdy summertime anthem that salutes his fellow country folk. The “Religiously” singer does not mess around when it comes to people questioning his authenticity, so anyone who tries to say he is not country will surely be proven wrong with this hard-hitting delivery. 

“Ain’t a thing changed ’round here but the money/ You try to mix it up but let me tell you somethin’/ Same liquor in my dixie, same rowdy bunch with me/ I’ll be laid up in the dirt before you еver take it from me/ So takе the boy out the truck, take the boy out the mud/ Put him up in a PJ, he’ll still try to get them 40’s stuck/ So line ’em up and turn it up and keep it runnin’/ Say whatever you want but I’m anything but new to country,” he delivers on the chorus.

“New To Country” has such an addicting beat that country fans will have it on repeat all summer long.  


Heating Up Country Radio With Current Single, “Holy Smokes”

Bailey Zimmerman is also heating up country radio now with his current single, “Holy Smokes,” which has already earned more than half a million US track equivalents to date. The hard-hitting track follows his Platinum-selling, fourth consecutive career-opening No. 1, “Where It Ends,” that held the top spot for two weeks back-to-back. 

Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Isaac Mason, AJ Astle
Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Isaac Mason, AJ Astle

Plus, fans can hear Zimmerman on the star-studded Twisters: The Album official soundtrack with his latest release, “Hell Or High Water.” He joined a slew of fellow country artists who appear on the project inclduing Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Megan Moroney, Shania Twain, Tyler Childers, and more.

Fans can find him out on the road performing in multiple major markets for his sold-out 30+ city international headline trek, RELIGIOUSLY. THE TOUR. Plus, Zimmerman is putting his music on the big stage as he serves as an opener at stadium shows with Morgan Wallen, Luke Bryan and Kane Brown.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.