First Country: New Music From The Sisterhood Band, Riley Green, Ryan Hurd & More

Jessica Amerson
The Sisterhood Band

First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs, videos and albums that dropped this week.

There was no shortage of new music or videos released this week. While Riley Green dropped his excellent, traditional-leaning debut project Different ’Round Here on Friday (Sept. 20), Zac Brown Band released its genre-bending The Owl. Additionally, Mickey Guyton and The Sisterhood Band revealed stunning music videos.

Here are some of our favorite projects of the week.

Mickey Guyton, “Sister”

Guyton’s standout vocals and inspiring lyrics shine within her beautiful new video “Sister.” Covered in gold, she enlists the help of her many “sisters” for the uplifting ode to friendship, which she penned with Nathan Spicer and Victoria Banks.

“It was so important to me to not only feature some of my dearest friends in this video, but to represent all types of ‘sisters’ so when women watch this video, they see someone who looks like them,” Guyton said in a statement. “It is more important than ever to show diversity and that country music is for everyone.”

Riley Green, Different Round Here

For those missing traditional country story songs, Green is the answer. Different Round Here is led by the Alabama native’s infectious debut single “There Was This Girl” and the heartfelt “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” Vivid storylines about growing up in the country are heard on the title track, the reflective “In a Truck Right Now” and standout “Numbers On the Cars.” Meanwhile, concert staples like the driving “Bettin’ Man,” rollicking throwback “Same Old Song” and tongue-in-cheek “Get That Man a Beer” further to flesh out the excellent LP. Green co-wrote each of the album’s 14 tracks and with any luck we’ll be hearing much more from the singer in the coming years.

Ryan Hurd, Platonic

Ryan Hurd continues to share his distinct brand of country music with the world on his memorable new EP Platonic. Anchored by current single “To a T,” which features stirring harmonies from wife Maren Morris, the five-song project highlights Hurd’s rhythmic singing and picturesque storylines. The pop-country fused “Platonic” brings the party while the soaring “Florida With a Girl” and feel-good outside song “Half Hoping” showcase Hurd’s knack for songwriting and finding music that fits him as an artist. It’s on EP closer “Wish for the World” that leaves the greatest mark, as Hurd shares his heartfelt philosophies and biggest hope for those around him: “When it really comes down to it/ If just one wish could come true/ I wish everyone could find someone to love like I love you.”

The Sisterhood Band, “Get Up and Go”

The Sisterhood Band takes viewers on a road trip along California’s Golden Coast in the scenic new video for “Get Up and Go.” The duo, made up of Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart, serve as both co-producers and co-writers on the lighthearted tune as well as wrote the treatment for the video. The nearly four-minute clip marks the Sisterhood Band’s music video debut and highlights the perfect day spent traveling with a friend that includes quality beach time, an enviable wardrobe and, of course, the dream ride: a ‘69 Cadillac with mounted longhorns.

“We wanted people to get a real feel for who we are and what it would be like to take a road trip with us,” Bonagura said in a statement. “The clothes, the locations, the dancing, and the shenanigans is 100% exactly how we are in real life and hope our fans have as much fun watching it as we did making it.”

Zac Brown Band, The Owl

On Zac Brown Band’s The Owl, the group channels the diversity of 2017’s genre-bending Jekyll + Hyde. A versatile 11 tracks, The Owl has the band embracing EDM beats on the thumping “OMW” and the infectious “Someone I Used To Know” as well as rock ‘n’ roll on the grunge-infused “Me and the Boys in the Band.” ZBB is far from leaving its country roots, as can be heard on the vulnerable ballad “Leaving Love Behind” and feel-good “Shoofly Pie.” Whether country, rock or EDM-influenced, one thing is certain: Zac Brown Band's live show will soar with its new material. 

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