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New Music by Carrie Underwood, Granger Smith, Dylan Scott and David Nail on 95 Country

The annual winter "Chart Freeze" happens after this week. The two or three weeks around Christmas and New Years is the only time the music industry can collectively take a break. It's also a good time for the record labels to stop working under-performing songs so that artists, labels, promoters and radio can all start the new year with a clean slate. Unlike last week when we only added one new song (Eric Church's "Mr. Misunderstood"), this week, we had room to put four new songs in rotation.


First up, is Granger Smith. Over the course of nine albums, at a time when the music industry is undergoing a top-to-bottom transformation, Granger Smith has been building a career that is truly groundbreaking. Granger got started in the Texas/Red Dirt scene, playing small clubs and honky-tonks throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Now, Granger is a headliner, with sold-out national tours, a social media following of more than four million, and YouTube views exceeding 35 million, he has amassed an audience that is purely organic and rabid. People will drive hundreds of miles to see Granger perform.

For the songs on his latest EP "4X4," Granger enlisted studio producer Frank Rogers, known for his multi-platinum work with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner. His single “Backroad Song,” which sold over 32,000 downloads in its first week of release and entered the iTunes Country Singles chart at Number Two, the iTunes Canada Country Chart at Number One and the Billboard Country Digital Sales Chart at Number Four. 


David Nail is an artist who hasn’t had the most consistent success with his singles. The man has three top-ten singles under his belt, with “Let It Rain” topping the charts in 2011, and “Whatever She’s Got” getting to number 1 on the Country Airplay in 2013. But in between each top ten is a single release that didn’t clip the top 20 for whatever reason. You can listen to his albums and tell that David Nail has the desire to make good music and not rely completely on mainstream trends. He just dropped his first single “Night’s on Fire” from his new album Fighter. 


A couple of major Nashville record labels, Curb and Warner Brothers, seem to be taking more chances with new and traditional-sounding artists than some of the other imprints. Dylan Scott, from Bastrop, Lousiana is one of those. Dylan Scott grew up with a passion for country music in particular, and a deep and profound love and respect for the outdoors. More than anything else, those two traits define who Dylan Scott is and what gives him direction and purpose in life. Dylan's father, a former guitar player for country legends Freddy Fender and Freddy Hart, taught Dylan at an early age the basics of songwriting, singing and playing guitar and thus introduced him to the world of music.

At the age of 17 on a trip to Nashville, Dylan met songwriter Charlie Craig and recorded four songs with Craig as producer. One of those tunes, "Between an Old Memory and Me" was written by Craig and had been a huge hit for a singer that Dylan had idolized since childhood, Keith Whitley. Dylan's stellar version of the song soon caught the attention of record company executives and he signed a long term recording contract with Curb Records.

With famed producer and music label icon Jim Ed Norman at the helm, Dylan recorded numerous songs, one of which "Making This Boy go Crazy" went on to establish Dylan as an emerging country artist with a bright future. To date, the song has sold in excess of 130,000 units with well over 2.5 millions views of the accompanying music video. Dylan's new single is called "Crazy Over Me" and his debut full-length album is currently in the works. 


The fourth new song going into rotation is "Heartbeat" by Carrie Underwood. Underwood is known for creatively blending intimate lyrics with bombastic choruses and the power-ballad boom of "Heartbeat" is no exception.  Sam Hunt provides the perfect male counterpoint, doubling Underwood's vocals in the chorus. "Heartbeat," however, is far from a stunt duet. The song has real meaning for Underwood, who wrote the track with Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, and is reportedly inspired by her Nashville Predators husband Mike Fisher. The couple welcomed their first child together, son Isaiah, in February.


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