Texas Hill won’t release their new single, “Up One Side,” until October 15, but they are sharing the song and its accompanying visualizer one day early in this Country Now exclusive premiere.
A cleverly seductive track, “Up One Side,” finds Texas Hill’s Adam Wakefield, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Casey James feeling the euphoria of a passionate romance. Lyrics find the singers tastefully bragging about the affection they receive from a love interest, who continues to make them weak in the knees.
“She loves me up one side, and down the other / She really knows how to lay it on the brother / Got me never wanting to come back out from underneath the covers / Lovin’ me up one side and down the other,” the trio sing on the upbeat chorus, showing off their tight harmonies over a bluesy melody that easily brings listeners to their feet.
“Up One Side,” penned by James along with Phillip White and James LeBlanc, unfolded during a writing session, which took place in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 2020. Texas Hill had been on the road as part of a writing trip and wrote a handful of songs. Of those songs, James names “Up One Side” as one of his “favorites.”
“‘Up One Side’ is one of my favorites that came out of it,” James tells Country Now. “….I was tinkering around with some bluesy licks on the guitar as we were getting situated, and James lit up and said, ‘let’s write that.’ In the midst of a bunch of deep and meaningful songs we had written that week, it just seemed like the right time to write something with a playful element.”
The “Up One Side” offering comes after the announcement of Texas Hill’s upcoming debut studio album, Heaven Down Here. The forthcoming project will feature previously released songs from the group’s self-titled debut EP plus five new tunes. “Up One Side” is the third track on the anticipated project, slated for release on Jan. 21, 2022.
“The album is generally a pretty nice mixture of the three of us, but between the bluesy feel and old school Texas Saloon vibe, this tune leans my direction more than any of the others,” James said of “Up One Side.”
Texas Hill may be newer on the country scene. But they are in no way strangers to the stage. They all previously found success as solo acts and starred on reality television before becoming the supergroup of powerhouse singers that make up Texas Hill. Boyd won Season 7 of NBC’s The Voice, while Wakefield took the runner-up spot on Season 10. James also did a stint on reality TV, placing third on Season 5’s American Idol.
Take a listen to Texas Hill’s “Up One Side” in the video above.