With his new single — “Thank God for You,” Rodney Atkins returns to the tone and themes of his commercial peak, relaying the story of a rebellious teen who matures into a dedicated adult. The transformation occurs over a heartland-rock foundation — its central riff is so energetic and compact that it’s easy to draw a parallel with some of the Boss’s tightly wound signature riffs.
The new Eli Young Band single, “Break It In,” will likely work that way for a large chunk of fans. On first listen, its linear verses and understated arrangement yield a middling shrug. But on second exposure, the classic Americana images — a baseball glove, an old-school pickup truck and working-class boots — ring of familiarity.
It’s often better to say yes to an opportunity and know the results than to look back years later and wonder if you missed out. That’s the life lesson in “What Could’ve Been,” the debut single from Triple Tigers’ Gone West.
When new Warner Music Nashville artist Gabby Barrett sings her debut single, "I Hope," live, she’s able to gauge from facial expressions how many people in the audience are hearing it for the first time.
When Valory released the self-titled debut EP by new female act Avenue Beat on July 26, it was perhaps a career-defining moment for the Illinois-bred trio, but it also represents a new track for the Kentucky-born executive behind the band.