Ryan Hurd Drops New EP, Shares How Maren Morris Inspired the Title Track

As his latest single, “To A T,” continues to make an impact at country radio, Ryan Hurd is satisfying fans’…


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September 20, 2019

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As his latest single, “To A T,” continues to make an impact at country radio, Ryan Hurd is satisfying fans’ demand for new music with the release of a five-song EP.

Available now, Platonic features five brand new tracks, each of which Hurd believes will give fans a bit more insight into who he is as an artist.

“I feel like these five songs take a broad approach to country music,” Hurd shared in a statement. “You get to really explore on EPs and this is one where I feel like we’ve really kind of covered a lot of ground sonically, and lyrically.”

The singer/songwriter called into The Bobby Bones Show on Friday (Sept. 20) to chat about the EP and revealed how the title track, “Platonic,” came about.

“I just thought It was a really cool word,” Hurd confessed to Bones. “When you write songs in Nashville, you write all these titles on your phone. Everyone shows up and they’re like ‘What ideas do you have?’ And I had that one sticking around in my head. I didn’t really know how to write it, but we were writing on the bus and I wrote that one. The song to itself, there’s not a lot to it, it just feels amazing.”

“I love the idea of telling somebody, ‘I can’t just be friends with you’ and that’s what the song is about,” he continued, adding, “The hook of that song is ‘there’s no way we can be platonic because I’m just into you.’ It just reminded me of when I started dating Maren [Morris] and we started out as friends and all of a sudden it was like you know what? This isn’t going to work.”

On top of releasing an EP and celebrating “To A T” going gold, Hurd is also making his way up the charts as a songwriter on Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “What If I Never Get Over You.”

Fans can catch Ryan Hurd on the road with Old Dominion throughout the fall.

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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.