First Country is a compilation of the best new country songs that dropped this week.
Luke Combs, “Let’s Just Be Friends”
There is no shortage of new music from the North Carolina native, and “Let’s Just Be Friends” is another feel-good jam from Combs. Featured in the upcoming Angry Birds Movie 2, out Aug. 16, “Let’s Just Be Friends” has Combs’ booming vocals at the forefront as he urges someone from the other side of the tracks to put their differences aside and become pals. With ear-grabbing guitar and banjo parts alongside a sing-along chorus, “Let’s Just Be Friends” is bound to do well in the live setting.
Riley Green, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”
While the country music world was introduced to newcomer Riley Green last year with his infectious debut single “There Was This Girl” and its equally catchy follow-up “In Love By Now,” his latest track “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” showcases his sentimental side. A stripped-down ballad penned in remembrance of his two grandfathers, Lendon Bonds and Buford Green, the heartfelt tune has Green singing of the important things in life and the lessons he learned from them. It’s one of 14 tracks he penned for his upcoming debut album Different Round Here, out Sept. 20 via BMLG Records.
The Highwomen, “The Chain”
The Highwomen, made up of Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, put their own foot-stomping interpretation on Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” With stunning four-part harmonies that rival the original, the four women leave a mark on their rollicking country cover that’s featured in the upcoming film The Kitchen, out Aug. 9.
Midland, “Cheatin’ Songs”
Another taste of their upcoming album Let It Roll, out Aug. 23, “Cheatin’ Songs” highlights Midland’s warm harmonies and throwback vibe. Alongside a grooving bass beat, sultry steel guitar and clever lyrics, the country trio bring a distinct soul and blues vibe to the heartbreaking track.
Sheryl Crow feat. Chris Stapleton, “Tell Me When It’s Over”
Sheryl Crow brings her unique brand of rock and soul-fueled country to “Tell Me When It’s Over,” a stirring collaboration with Chris Stapleton. A heartbreak anthem in itself, Crow sings of a doomed relationship and begs Stapleton to “tell me when it’s over/ ‘cause I don’t want to be the last to know.” With scorching electric guitar parts and a pounding drum beat, they adequately get their point across on the track, which is featured on her forthcoming final studio album Threads, out Aug. 30.