Hello Monday – why must your arrival be so swift? Only one more month until school starts for my minions… but who’s counting?
Since it’s Monday, that means music – everyone likes music, right? It’s a freebie week, so let’s get on with the fun! Let’s start off with an artist who seems to be taking center stage lately, with his new single that’s an uptempo, guitar-driven breakup song that recalls some of his earlier hits.
The artist seems to be compiling quite a collection of car songs, and this one again finds him out on an open road. He’s doing his best to forget a breakup, and it’s working to some extent.
His lover left him for another, and his luck has been lousy since. The artist is capable of diving into heartbreak, but this song remains upbeat from the first note. The sound is classic to this particular artist.
Give a listen to Keith Urban with “Somewhere In My Car”:
Next up is my all time favorite artist. All time favorite. Especially since he’s been inundating Social Media leaking reviews of music from his new album that will be available on August 25th. You know I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
I can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve for the next round of leaks. He’s even gotten other artists and friends on board with helping him, and it’s all been in good fun. Luckily the label isn’t mad at him, in spite of the fact that they’ve not approved his creative use of Twitter, nor has any idea what’s coming next.
If he’s taking volunteers to help out, I’m raising my hand. And jumping up and down.
So far he’s posted four partial tracks from his album on YouTube, including the title track and a remix of his current single. He then tweeted about them, using a specific hashtag, then tweeted emails he started getting from his label about these leaks. He has a reputation within the country industry as a prankster – and this past week, it’s shown in spades.
Another reason to love him, besides his amazing music and his undying devotion and love for his beautiful wife.
Yep, you guessed it – the prankster is none other than Brad Paisley, who views the songs on this latest album, Moonshine, as “a bunch of Mason jars rolling around. The spirit of it is, ‘Let’s drive like we have illegal moonshine in the trunk.'”
Without further ado, here’s Brad Paisley performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live “Moonshine In The Trunk”:
Next up is a new (to me) duo who met through a vocal coach and the rest is making history. The teen duo instantly connected and were ready to team up for the sake of music, not to create controversy. They never expected the reaction their debut single has gotten, including airplay before it was officially released.
They wrote this song on St. Patrick’s Day – and everything’s been a whirlwind since. This song is the source of most of the buzz circulating around the young duo, particularly since they chose such a ‘bold’ song as their first single.
They poke a little fun at what they consider “bro-country” – like huge radio hits including Blake Shelton‘s “Boys ‘Round Here”, Billy Currington‘s “Hey Girl”, Jason Aldean‘s “Dirt Road Anthem” and Thomas Rhett‘s “Get Me Some of That”.
You’ll see. And those of you who enjoyed the songs but thought it would be interesting to see a different perspective, you’re about to. I love all those other songs, but I love this one, too. This is definitely a duo to watch.
Give a listen to Maddie & Tae with “Girl In A Country Song”:
Next up is another young artist who is multi-talented and already multi-platinum, entering a new dimension with the fresh music video for his current single that premiered worldwide across CMT platforms on July 28th.
The song is all about the idea of someone being so inspiring and special that you could actually have their name tattooed on your body. The music video takes a similar approach by incorporating realistic street graffiti as well as animation as the artist falls under the spell of a lovely young woman.
Here’s Hunter Hayes with the premiere of “Tattoo”:
Last, but certainly not least is a bonus – a video I stumbled across this weekend that I thought was awesome, and I know you will too. Anyone who is a mom of boys in particular can relate to this video.
The mom who made it has an amazing voice – when I first started watching the video I thought she was lip syncing, then realized that she’d created her own words to the Alison Krauss song, “When You Say Nothing At All”.
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Becca of Everyday Life.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!