Restless Road Releases EP Featuring Kane Brown Collaboration
The trio collaborates with Brown on “Take Me Home.”
Restless Road; Photo by Alex Alvga
Country superstar Kane Brown took to social media earlier this week to introduce fans to a new trio called Restless Road. Revealing that he had just signed the group to his record label, Brown also shared that he’s collaborating with them on a track on their debut EP.
Restless Road released the four-song project Thursday and also joined Brown on NBC’s TODAY Show to perform their collaboration, “Take Me Home.” According to a press release, the song is one Brown was saved but never recorded. When he started working with the trio, he pitched them the song. The mid-tempo pop/country track gives a nod to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
“Take Me Home” was written by Ari Leff, Michael Pollack, Michael Matosic as well as “Take Me Home, Country Roads” writers John Denver, Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert.
A video to accompany the song was also released Thursday. The clip features shots of the trio working with Brown in the studio and singing the song with him on stage at his recent sold-out STAPLES Center show mixed in with shots of Restless Road walking around what appears to be a desert.
Bound to be a breakout act of 2020, the debut of Restless Road is a full-circle moment for Brown and band members Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Garrett Nichols. Brown initially met Beeken and Pack while competing on season three of The X Factor. They were all eventually eliminated from the show as solo singers, but Pack and Beeken were soon invited back to the show to compete as a group with singer Andrew Scholz. Eventually placing fourth in the season finale, Restless Road moved to Nashville to pursue a career.
Things didn’t pan out for the trio, however. A short-lived record deal and the departure of Scholz had Beeken and Pack thinking they were done. But, things soon changed when Garrett Nichols joined the group and Brown found Pack’s cover of his song “Good As You” online in 2019.
To further his support of the group, Brown offered Restless Road the chance to open for him on his Worldwide Beautiful tour, kicking off Saturday (Feb. 29) in Atlantic City, NJ.
The band’s self-titled EP is available now.
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.