New Country Songs You Need To Hear Right Now From Brandon Davis, Jenna Davis, Ryan Larkins, & More

The latest roundup of new music is here!

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Madeleine O’Connell

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August 15, 2023

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Country Now is offering a look into some of the hottest new music releases of the week. We have selected a list of stand-out tracks that will freshen up your country music playlist and maybe even introduce you to a new crop of artists as they continue rising to the top of their game.

This set of new tunes is updated weekly to provide the latest selection of heart-breaking ballads, windows-down party anthems, steady love stories and more.  

Here are eight new country songs you need to hear right now.

Ryan Larkins – “Man That Holds The Beer”

Ryan Larkin’s deep southern drawl takes the lead on his new release, “Man That Holds The Beer.” Signaling that Friday-night feeling in the mid-tempo, swanky tune, the Red Street Records’ developing act illustrates the perfect post-work evening for a man who takes a load off on his back porch, sips a cold beer and lets all his worries of the week fade away. Co-written by Larkins with Carlo Colasacco and produced by Red Street CEO Jay DeMarcus, “Man That Holds A Beer” marks the seasoned songwriter’s first-ever project as a solo artist and gives listeners a taste of his debut EP, Meet Ryan Larkins , dropping this October.

“Takes his worries pours them out and lets them go / Tells his troubles take a hike and hit the road / Takes a bad day and puts it in the rearview mirror / Cracks a cold one in his hand / And his problems disappear / Happy is the man that holds the beer,” Larkins sings on the chorus. 

Stream the track HERE

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Brandon Davis – “Pray Like Hell”

Brandon Davis has unleashed a new country-rock anthem titled, “Pray Like Hell.” Davis’ rugged vocals pair seamlessly with the building drumbeats and catchy guitar licks that make up the lively tune. With each note of his baritone voice, Davis exposes the inspiring message to live each day to the fullest and to fight hard through life’s most challenging moments because as he’s learned, nothing is guaranteed. Out now via Big Yellow Dog Music, “Pray Like Hell” was co-written by the rising artist alongside Brandon Sammons who also produced the track.  

“This life we live is something truly special,” Davis shared via press release. “When we get to the end of it, we should be able to look back and simply say, ‘Man, what a great ride.’ This song is about facing whatever the world might try to throw at you with confidence and strength in knowing that you can keep pushing on. Some of those trials might be small and the victories might be even smaller, but it all adds up in the end. So ‘til that end comes, just Pray Like Hell and hold on.”

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The Mizes – “Love’s The Only Thing Workin’”

The husband-and-wife duo known as The Mizes, has dropped their new song, “Love’s The Only Thing Workin’,” which serves as the second joint release from the married couple. Kansas-bred artist-songwriters Logan Mize and Jill Martin, deliver a relatable look into the hard work that goes into a relationship with their powerful harmonies and undeniable chemistry that comes to life through the storyline. However, no matter what is going on around them, whether it be broken A/C in the summer or leaky kitchen faucets, the duo reminds listeners that the fire behind their love keeps burning and motivating them to get through any obstacles. This cheerful track, which features elements of the classic ‘90s country sound, was written by Mize and Martin alongside Blake Chaffin and produced by Daniel Agee. 

“We really wanted this song to have a groove and just be a happy feel-good song!” say The Mizes. “It was hard, but we thought we’d take a break from making fun of each other on this one.”

Stream the track HERE.

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Sophia Scott – “Lipstick on You” 

Sophia Scott has officially dropped her latest heartbreak ballad, “Lipstick on You.” In the new single co-written by the rising artist with Adam Yaron, Blake Hubbard, Zack Dyer, Jarrod Ingram, and Malia Civetz, the tender Country Pop sound highlights the narrative that cleverly uses lipstick as a metaphor for all the pain that comes after a breakup. As the latest single from her upcoming debut album, Scott showcases her dignified vocals through a string of poignant guitar licks.

“After a breakup, especially one that’s long term, it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that it’s over,” Scott shared via press release. “You start thinking about all of the years of your life that you spent with this person and can’t help but feel like somehow that time was wasted. This song speaks to the grieving process of ending a relationship, more specifically – to the angry, bitter stage of grief. Sometimes it feels easier to be angry than to feel what we really feel, which is heartbroken and sad. It’s like it’s easier to move on from the loss of it all when there is something or someone you can blame. So, in this case, we’re blaming lipstick.”

Stream the track HERE.

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William Michael Morgan – In Walked You” 

William Michael Morgan discovers a newfound interest in love with his fresh tune, “In Walked You.” Just as he had decided to leave love behind and end the string of heartbreak, Morgan found himself letting his walls down thanks to a chance encounter at the bar. Throughout the fairytale love story, the rising artist’s charming vocals evoke a sense of nostalgia that’s sure to warm a country fan’s heart. Written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Ross Copperman, “In Walked You” was produced by CMA, ACM and Grammy award–winning producer Keith Stegall who will produce Morgan’s next album, due out in early 2024.

“And in walked you on a Saturday night / Neon blue lighting up your eyes / And the only open seat in the place was next to mine / You said do you mind / And we talked like we were old friends / How you missed your dad but I remind you of him / I’d have bet I was never gonna bet on love again / Then in walked you,” Morgan sings on the chorus. 

Stream the track HERE.

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Jenna Davis – “DiCaprio”

Jenna Davis prepares to take the country-pop genre by storm with her debut single, “DiCaprio,” which also marks her first release with SMACK. The confidence-fueled tune finds the budding artist battling a toxic on and off again relationship with a player as she makes reference to the famed love story between Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack and Rose in the Titanic. Davis lights up the track with her infectious vocals that swiftly embody the clever songwriting of Walker Hayes, Kelsea Ballerini, and Ross Copperman. 

“I’m beyond excited for everyone to hear ‘DiCaprio.’ As soon as I was played the demo track back in April, I turned to my mom and said ‘This is it.’ Two of the co-writers, Walker Hayes and Ross Copperman, offered to produce the track on me which was truly such an ‘am I dreaming?’ moment. Words can’t express how excited I am for everyone to hear the track and work alongside my SMACK family,” Davis shared in a press release.

Stream the track HERE.

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Colbie Caillat – “Still Gonna Miss You” 

In Colbie Caillat’s new song, “Still Gonna Miss You,” the Grammy-winning artist depicts the difficulty of stepping away from a relationship when a piece of her heart still remains with that person. Speaking from personal experience, Caillat dives deep into her emotions to unveil a tender tune that once again proves her ability to move listeners with steady vocals and impressive songwriting. Penned by Caillat alongside Jason Reeves and produced by Jamie Kenney, “Still Gonna Miss You” marks another sneak peek into her forthcoming album, Along the Way, out October 6 via Blue Jean Baby Records and BFD/The Orchard for physical copies. 

“It is never easy to end a relationship, even when you know that person isn’t your forever,” said Caillat. “‘Still Gonna Miss You’ is a song about the enduring power of memories and the lingering emotions, good and bad, that come along with them.”

“My ex and I had just broken up and I was frustrated with the relationship,” Caillat continued. “But at the same time, I missed him, and I missed our time together, and I thought it was an interesting song idea. I immediately started writing it on my piano at home.”

Stream the track HERE.

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Alex Hall – “I Know A Guy”

Alex Hall gives fans another preview of his upcoming debut album with his latest track, “I Know A Guy.” Penned by Hall with Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Pete Good, the upbeat melody drives the rising country artist’s convincing pitch to a girl, letting her know he’s the kind of guy who would treat her right. As he charms listeners with his swoon-worthy lyrics and Georgia-raised vocals, Hall further proves his stand-out abilities as a singer/songwriter. Alex Hall’s first full-length collection, Side Effects of the Heart, is set to drop on September 15 via Monument Records.

“If you’re looking for a California breeze in Tennessee / A heart of gold to break the mold of all the used to be’s / A slow hand if you wanna go slow / An old soul if you wanna grow old / If you’re looking for a love that won’t run dry / I know a guy,” Hall since on the chorus. 

Stream the track HERE.

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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.