First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs, videos and albums that dropped this week.
Cam, “La Marcheuse”
Well known for her ethereal vocals and poignant lyrics on songs like “Burning House” and “Road to Happiness,” Cam shows off her proficiency for the French language in the stunning cover of Christine and the Queens’ “La Marcheuse.” Released ahead of her upcoming European Tour, which includes her first performance in Paris, the county singer’s mesmerizing vocals are at the forefront of the track with delicate acoustic instrumentation accentuating her flawless ability to sing a song completely in French.
Lady Antebellum, “Pictures”
Lady Antebellum partnered with Vevo for the reveal of a stunning acoustic live performance of their heartbreaking new ballad “Pictures.” Hillary Scott’s emotive vocals lead the track as she sings of rifling through past photos of a relationship that is long over. Added harmonies from Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, as well as acoustic guitar accompaniment, further flesh out the emotion of the confessional tune.
Maddie & Tae, “Die From a Broken Heart”
Keep the tissues nearby for Maddie & Tae’s stirring new video for their latest single “Die From a Broken Heart.” The duo’s Taylor Dye plays the lead actress in the heart-wrenching clip as a relationship plays out on screen from the honeymoon stage, an engagement and the eventual dissolution. All the while, Maddie Marlow narrates the vulnerable Carlos Ruiz-directed clip with her wavering vocals.
Miranda Lambert, “Mess with My Head”
Lambert channels her rock side on the slick “Mess with My Head.” The third track released from her forthcoming project, “Mess with My Head” embraces grunge-era electric guitar riffs, thumping percussion and a distinct swagger in her vocals that only Lambert could pull off. Penned with frequent collaborators Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, “Mess with My Head” has the country star embracing the grit of New York City for a distinct sound not heard from her before.
Zac Brown Band, “Warrior”
Zac Brown Band honors the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces in their triumphant new song “Warrior.” With a thumping beat, soaring instrumentation and Brown’s mesmerizing vocals, the group adequately pay their respects to the warriors who fight for our freedom. “Warrior” is the latest track off the band’s upcoming new studio album The Owl, due Sept. 20.