Whether or not it’s popping out of Nashville, New York, L.A., or factors in between, there’s no scarcity of recent tunes, particularly from artists who’ve but to change into family names. Rolling Stone Nation selects a number of the finest new music releases from nation and Americana artists. (Take a look at last week’s finest songs.)
Kate Vargas’ “Glorieta to the Holy Place” creaks and sighs with otherworldly environment, recounting a troublesome pilgrimage made within the identify of religion and therapeutic. “I wrote a prayer, a solemn swear to the maker/Within the margins of the blessed be’s,” Vargas sings, with solely a skeletal association of piano, bass guitar, and harmonium accompanying her. “Glorieta to the Holy Place” seems on Vargas’ new album Rumpumpo, which arrives July sixteenth.
It’s unclear if Texas native Randall King is nodding to an immortal LL Cool J second when he sings “Don’t name it a comeback” in his new music “Document Excessive,” however he does present his personal form of tenacity in the best way he navigates a breakup. A full of life two-stepper indebted to George Strait, “Document Excessive” is a winking ode to getting “honky-tonk amnesia” amid the music and beer. King sings it with scrumptious gusto, curling his voice round notes in spectacular — however not flashy methods — and demonstrating why he’s a gifted newcomer to observe.
Grace Pettis delivers a honest apology to a childhood good friend who got here out as homosexual in “Landon,” unsparingly inspecting the best way her personal cruelty chased him away. “So far as I can inform, there ain’t no hell a lot worse than the one I put you thru,” she sings, backed by stacked harmonies and ringing guitars. It’s soul-searching and empathetic, in the end feeling the acute pang of that loss: “I do know I owe you the reality,” Pettis sings. “I miss you a lot.”
Billy Ray Cyrus by no means met a collaboration he didn’t like. This time, he pairs up with Australian singer Firerose for this trippy, atmospheric ballad about revitalization and rebirth. Cyrus’ vocals float simply beneath the floor, a whispering echo to Firerose’s lilting leads. The programmed pop observe is way from “Achy Breaky Coronary heart” — or “Outdated City Street,” for that matter — nevertheless it works, lending extra proof that BRC is an ever-changing musical chameleon.
Simply earlier than the pandemic, fiddler Casey Driessen launched into a yearlong musical exodus, dwelling and taking part in all over the place from India to Japan. Upon his return to his native North Carolina, he was wealthy in concepts and inspiration, which he translated into the album Otherlands: One. One of many highlights is Driessen’s solo fiddle and vocal tackle the traditionals “Methods of the World” and “I Ain’t Goin’ to Work Tomorrow,” which tackle an otherworldly vibe on this reside video filmed in Madison County, North Carolina. Driessen pours all he’s seen into his instrument; the result’s each breathtaking and transformative.