The emergence of fall brings with it a shift in style and tone, and the latest country releases dig a little deeper, while keeping it catchy. New songs from stars like Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini and Cole Swindell and rising talent like Walker Hayes and Carly Pearce continue to elevate and expand on the genre with cutting production and crafty storytelling. AXS compiled some of the freshest country releases to ease you into fall. Be sure to crank 'em up.
Walker Hayes - "You Broke Up With Me"
Hayes’ smart debut single introduces a singer unafraid to bend the rules of genre and songwriting. The contagious break up anthem is both a tuneful “told you so” and an exercise in self-respect. Hayes is a flagship artist for the recently-revived Monument Records under the tutelage of country wizard Shane McAnally.
Brett Eldredge - "The Long Way"
Eldredge delves into his new love's past, present and future on the momentous second single off his self-titled third album.
Kelsea Ballerini - "Legends"
Ballerini traces the highs and lows of epic love in the anthemic lead single to her highly-anticipated sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY. The song’s dramatic pulse is amplified by its heartbreaking yet life-affirming music video.
Cole Swindell - "Stay Downtown"
Swindell makes the hard decision to pass on a late-night fling with an ex on the fourth single from his 2016 LP You Should Be Here.
The Reklaws - "Hometown Kids"
The rising brother-sister duo cheers to youthful rebellion and hometown pride on this jubilant jam.
James Barker Band - "It's Working"
Hand claps and banjos keep this peppy country song moving and shaking.
Caryn Lee Carter - “White Trash Without the Trailer”
Carter uses deadpan delivery and unminced words to tell an old friend exactly how she feels.
David Fanning - "Ridin' to the Beat"
Fanning cruises through new love over a layered dancehall groove.
Steve Moakler - "Hearts Don't Break That Way"
Moakler continues to display songwriting prowess and emotional depth with his latest release.
Carly Pearce - "Every Little Thing"
Pearce's heartbreaking debut reveals an artist willing to sink to the bottom to reveal her truth.
Morgan Evans-"Kiss Somebody"
The rising Australian star follows in Keith Urban's footsteps with heartening lyrics and melodies.
Devin Dawson - "All On Me"
Dawson’s stylish debut exudes sex, romance and grit.
Lauren Alaina - "Doin' Fine"
The American Idol doesn’t shy away from the truth on this cathartic celebration of life's struggles.