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New Music Spotlight: Maren Morris, Eric Church, Ralph & The Darcys, Oh Geronimo, Texas King

In the newest edition of the New Music Spotlight, we’ve got some major country music stars, rock and roll from Ontario, and pop music from Toronto.

Give these songs from Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill, Eric Church, Texas King, Ralph ft. The Darcys, and Oh Geronimo a listen, let us know what you think, and share your favourites with your friends all over the internet.

The Music

Artist: Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves
Single: Dear Hate
Notes: Morris released Dear Hate after the shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. She also announced that all proceeds from the sale on the song will be donated to charity in support of the victims. To buy Dear Hate, Click Here.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Eric Church
Hometown: Granite Falls, NC
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Randy Houser
Single: Why Not Me
Notes: Directly inspired by the tragic Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Church’s emotional Why Not Me is likely to make anyone think and feel deeply. Watch the full video from Church’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Why Not Me starts at the five minute mark.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Texas King
Hometown: London, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: The Honest Heart Collective, Ivory Hours, Lost Cousins
Single: Circles
Notes: Circles is the title track from Texas King’s brand new album. Released on October 3, 2017, the London rockers continue to do what they do with ringing guitars, energy to spare, and entertainment values at a high level.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Ralph ft. The Darcys
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Pop
Related Artists: Girl Friend, Allie X, Arkells, The Zolas
Single: Screenplay
Notes: The combo of Ralph and The Darcys is Canadian pop fusion at its best right now. The Toronto musicians are a ton of fun – and Screenplay is a great way for fans to get to know Ralph… and give more love to The Darcys too.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Oh Geronimo
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Said The Whale, Wintersleep, Texas King
Single: No More Stones
Notes: The newest release from Oh Geronimo explores some of the complexities that come with relationships. Romantic or otherwise, things can get confusing and messy, and No More Stones goes there.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Grace & Grit: Meghan Patrick Album Review & Contest!

Two and half years ago Meghan Patrick told us that she was going to embark on a solo career in country music… and now, on April 29, 2016, Meghan will introduce country music fans to her debut album, Grace & Grit!

Grace & Grit is a 13 song record that moves from upbeat and sassy, to slowed down and sad. There are songs that are going to make you want to dance (you’ve all heard Bow Chicka Wow Wow) and there are songs that are going to hit you right in the feels (just wait til you hear I Won’t Drink) as you move from the top of the tracklist to the bottom.

Meghan Patrick Supermarket Full Band CMW 2015Note: The first time I heard I Won’t Drink was at an acoustic songwriters circle, and when it was still in my head 24 hours later I sent Meghan a message to tell her how great it was. I sent her another message this month to tell her how happy I was that the track had made the record.

Meghan worked with a pile of heavyweights on this album. At the top of the list is Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, and he’s followed quickly by names like Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Chantal Kreviazuk, Patricia Conroy, Chad Kroeger, and more… and when an All-Star team like that is put together on a project, the results are going to speak for themselves.

Meghan Patrick, Grace & Grit Tracklist

Meghan Patrick Grace and Grit Album Art1. Grace & Grit
2. Bow Chicka Wow Wow
3. Still Loving You ft. Joe Nichols
4. Long Way From Waylon
5. I Won’t Drink
6. Be Country With Me
7. I Believe In Beer
8. Thanks To You
9. Breaking Records
10. Nothin’ But A Song
11. Forever Ain’t Enough Time
12. Who Knew
13. Kiss Me Already

There’s a strength and vulnerability in Meghan’s voice that gets to shine on this record. Song to song there’s an opportunity for it to change, but through it all, you will get to know that it’s her.

Radio has already fallen for Meghan with Bow Chicka Wow Wow in high rotation and finding the Top 20 – and songs like Grace & GritKiss Me Already, and Still Loving You should also get that love before long.

Meanwhile, country fans missing the old days should be happy to hear songs like Long Way From Waylon, I Believe In Beer, and Forever Ain’t Enough Time.

Note: It’s coincidence, but the Prince reference at the beginning for Breaking Records make it a must listen right now for fans with memories of listening to The Purple One.

Meghan Patrick The Stone SparrowsGrace & Grit was one of my most anticipated albums of 2016, and now that I’ve listened to it more than a few times, I’m happy to say that it was worth the wait and excitement. Meghan Patrick is coming to country fans ready to prove that she belongs. And if you’re a country fan, you should be on the look out for your chance to see Meghan play these songs live, very soon. With a slew of festival (Boots & Hearts, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, CMT Music Fest) and concert dates coming, you’re not going to have an excuse to miss her.

And to make sure you know the words to all of these songs when you see her, or you hear them on the radio, we’re giving it away right now!

Enter now using the widget below and you could win 1 of 3 copies of Meghan Patrick’s new album, Grace & Grit. Take care to follow all instructions provided to confirm your entries count, and for an extra chance to win, follow @thereviewsarein on Twitter today (Wednesday, April 27) for your chance to win as well.

Good luck!

Meghan Patrick: Bow Chicka Wow Wow

Meghan Patrick: Grace & Grit

2 years ago

Take Me To Church – Country Music Plays Hard, Prays Hard

New Hope United Church, Port Hope, Ontario at WelcomeLong before the advent of Bro Country, the genre was one of a Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard mentality. And in the last 20 or so years, through all the changes that country music has seen, that has remained true.

I may not be the most observant Christian, but I did grow up in the church and have crafted my own beliefs and relationship with God thanks to the direction of my mom, the soon to be United Church of Canada Reverend. My mom is also the reason I have country music in my life, and now, almost 33 years into my life I’ve really started to see the strength in the connection between those 2 worlds.

So, today I’m not ranking songs, telling you how great anything is, or even telling you that you have to go and listen to anything. I’m just here to share 10 songs (and a couple bonus tracks) that shine a light on the Pray Hard part of country music.

Think I missed a song on my list? Leave a comment and share a YouTube link so I can check it out.

Alabama: Angels Among Us

Brad Paisley ft. Dolly Parton: When I Get Where I’m Going

Brooks and Dunn: Believe

Carrie Underwood: Something In The Water

bonus: Jesus Take The Wheel

Faith Hill: There Will Come A Day

Garth Brooks: The River

bonus: Unanswered Prayers

Josh Turner: Long Black Train

Randy Travis: Three Wooden Crosses

Thomas Rhett: Beer With Jesus

bonus: Real Men Love Jesus

Vince Gill: Go Rest High On That Mountain

3 years ago
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