New Songs You Need To Hear Right Now: Larry Fleet, Emily Ann Roberts, LANCO & More

A wave of new country songs are taking over.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 6, 2023

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Country Now is offering a look into some of the hottest new releases. 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.

Runaway June – “Make Me Wanna Smoke”

Runaway June’s fiery energy and boot-stomping spirit comes to life in their new song, “Make Me Wanna Smoke,” which serves as the trio’s first release since signing with Quartz Hill Records. Written by Jason Sellers, Ella Langley and Bobby Hamrick and produced by Mickey Jack Cones, the tune features intoxicating lyrics that illustrate the relatable cycle of feeling pulled towards a relationship that should become a thing of the past. The band that’s made up of Jennifer Wayne, Natalie Stovall, and Stevie Woodward light up the melody with their heart-pounding harmonies. 

“‘Make Me Wanna Smoke’ has immediately become our favorite song to play live,” Runaway June shared in a press release. “It’s slinky and fun and such an empowering way to embrace the back-and-forth nature of a relationship that may not be the best for you. We’re so excited to share this one!”

Stream the track HERE.

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Brothers Osborne – “Goodbye’s Kickin’ In”

Brothers Osborne drowns their sorrows in the just-released, smooth-as-whiskey tune titled, “Goodbye’s Kickin’ In.” The Grammy-winning duo made up of brothers T.J. and John Osborne pour out a batch of unwavering honesty on a narrative that goes “from bad to worse” as the alcohol begins to set in and the emotions of a breakup suddenly resurface at full speed. “Goodbye’s Kickin’ In” was co-penned by Brothers Osborne with Lee Miller and Mike Elizondo, who also serves as the producer. The song is part of a soon-to-be-announced project from the duo, which comes hot on the heels of the GRAMMY-nominated album, Skeletons

“I’ve been gettin’ over you just fine / But somehow somethin’ must’ve flipped a switch tonight / Like that first cigarette / Like that second shot of whiskey / Then chase it with regret / Yeah, the goodbye’s kickin’ in / Went from feelin’ right / Just the right amount of tipsy / To the wishin’ you were with me / Yeah, the goodbye’s kickin’ in,” they sing on the chorus. 

Stream the track HERE.

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Elvie Shane – “Baptized”

Elvie Shane recently unleashed his new track, “Baptized,” which he co-wrote alongside Dan Couch, Luke Preston, and Oscar Charles. The BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records singer/songwriter steps outside the bounds of traditional country music to explore his gospel side with a touch or electric soul that pumps throughout the mid-melody. As Shane’s raw grit propels through the lyrics, he finds salvation in his relationship as he compares his feelings to what he imagines one would find among the joys of Heaven one day.  

The rising artist sings, “If this ain’t heaven on earth / Not sure what heaven is worth / I damn sure ain’t in a hurry to get there / If there ain’t moments like this / Lost in the rush of your kiss / Found in the touch of your skin / Out somewhere / Down that same wild creek road / Where sins get set afloat / Washed by the want in your eyes / Baptized.”

Stream the track HERE.

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Tyler Farr – “Rednecks Like Me

Tyler Farr unearths his southern roots in his latest release, “Rednecks Like Me.” The multi No. 1 Country-rocker’s prideful message rings true among the backroad anthem that further declares Farr as “country to the bone.”  Produced by Jason Aldean with his long-time band members Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy, the new song parades the singer/songwriter’s gritty vocals and stand-out melody as it reverts him back to the rough and rowdy days to highlight his appreciation for the freedom of being “red, white and blue.”

“I’m red, white and blue / How about you / Country to the bone / From my hat down to my boots,” Farr delivers on the chorus. “It’s in my roots to take a stand / ‘Cause freedom isn’t free / Take a look around and you’ll see / There’s a lot more rednecks like me.”

Stream the track HERE.

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LANCO – “Sound of a Saturday Night”

As LANCO begins a fresh chapter following their recent signing with Riser House Records, the band shares a glimpse into what they’ve got in store with the release of their label-debut, “Sound of a Saturday Night.” Drawing listeners in with the toe-tapping beat, the band depicts the ideal weekend energy as they pay homage to heartland rock icon Bob Seger and let the good times roll through the sounds of a summer full of carefree nights. The country-rock party anthem was written by the band’s Brandon Lancaster and Tripp Howell alongside Jeremy Spillman and Howell’s brother Tate, and produced by Jay Joyce.

“Seger on the speakers / Teaching us night moves / Yeah, got a wild in your eyes / No telling what you might do / Got my heartbeat beating like a kick drum / When you’re dancing in the pale moonlight / Woohoo, don’t it sound so right / Yeah that’s the sound of a Saturday night,” the multi-platinum selling band sings. 

Stream the track HERE.

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Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen – We Ain’t The Only Ones” 

Longtime buddies and Texas natives, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen have teamed up to celebrate their roots and the country trailblazers who hail from the same soil in their new song, “We Ain’t The Only Ones.” The singers dive headfirst into a slew of appreciation for those navigating life in the music industry, particularly tipping their hates to fellow Texas-born artists, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and Cody Johnson. Co-written by Rogers, Bowen and Rhett Akins, “We Ain’t The Only Ones” serves as the first track off their upcoming Hold My Beer Vol. 3, the third installment of Rogers and Bowen’s acclaimed collab series. Together, they’ve unleashed the newest honky tonk anthem equipped with the sounds of the fiddle, fun-loving melodies, tavern-style piano and twang-soaked vocals, making the perfect recipe for some boot-stomping on the hardwood floors.

“This is a tribute to our lifestyle. Our love for music, but mostly life on the road,” Bowen shared in a press release. “Cheers to all who walked this path before us and cheers to all our friends on this journey with us now.”

“It’s time to fill up the ice chest! Summertime is upon us,” adds Rogers. “This song is for all the crazy dreamers like us chasing that neon rainbow.”

Stream the track HERE.

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Larry Fleet – “Layaway”

Big Loud Records artist, Larry Fleet signals a new take on a blue-collar anthem as he drops the studio version of “Layaway.” The singer/songwriter first released the hard-working narrative in 2022 as a track off his Live From 1979 performance clips. The latest recording of the mid-tempo tunes highlights the same message of the importance of providing for your family and the dedication that comes with that responsibility. Fleets distinguished country twang surfaces among the prideful lyrics that showcase the powerful impact a hard day’s work can bring for his family. The empowering song was co-written by Fleet alongside Joshua Miller and Mark Trussell. 

“When times get tough, the tough get to workin’ hard where I’m from,” Fleet notes in a statement. “I worked construction for years before this dream started to take shape for me, and I know how much it takes sometimes to keep things afloat. Sacrificing for your family is one of the most admirable things in the world to me, something I’ve seen my family and friends do for each other all my life. I wanted to pay tribute to that effort and dedication and write one for them.”

Stream the track HERE.

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Emily Ann Roberts – “Infinity”

Emily Ann Roberts highlights her sought-after love story with her husband Chris in her new song, “Infinity.” Flaunting her elegant vocals and heartfelt lyrics, the singer/songwriter delivers a swoon-worthy narrative inspired by her relationship with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband. Roberts let her feelings pour out as she sat down to write the silky ballad with Stephanie Chapman and expressed that “Forever doesn’t seem like long enough to love him.” The result is a poetic display of the eternal life she hopes to live with her other half. 

“Oh infinity won’t be enough for me / I need a guarantee I got you for eternity /  And when this life is done / The stars go on and on / So darling why can’t we just have infinity,” Emily Ann Roberts sings throughout the stunning 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.