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New Music By Carrie Underwood, LoCash, and Keith Urban This Week on 95 Country!


When her latest album Storyteller was released, Carrie Underwood was on a massive media tour to help promote it.  In those interviews, she mentioned that one of her favorite songs on her album was called “Church Bells,” and that she hoped it would get released as a single.  Carrie told Taste Of Country that the protagonist in Church Bells could be Fancy’s little sister (referring to Reba McEntire’s signature song).  “She’s young, she’s pretty, she’s poor, doing what she can to survive.”  

Zach Crowell, Brett James and Hillary Lindsey wrote “Church Bells.” Hillary Lindsey also helped Carrie write “Two Black Cadillacs,” one of the more dramatic songs from the singer’s Blown Away album.

There are a lot of new country singers and groups that seem to have achieved meteoric success in a very short period of time, but in reality, have been playing the country music game for a decade or longer.  Chris Stapleton has been singing and writing songs for nearly 15 years before his career really took off.  Eric Church spent almost 10 years as an independent artist before getting signed by Capitol Records.  Aaron Watson and Granger Smith both spent over a decade on the Texas music scene before gaining national attention.  Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of the group LoCash (formerly the LoCash Cowboys) developed their following organically also, both as performers and songwriters.  

They co-wrote Keith Urban’s #1 hit “You’re Gonna Fly,” and Tim McGraw’s top ten hit “Truck Yeah.”  Chris and Preston bounced around the Midwest for a number of years, releasing albums on several independent labels and playing at festivals and opening-act gigs.  Last fall, they released an EP titled I Love This Life for Reviver Music to great critical acclaim.  Interestingly though, “I Know Somebody” is the only song on the EP that the duo didn’t write.

One of the things I’ve always admired about Keith Urban is that he constantly challenges himself as a performer.  He uses a bass guitar as the lead instrument for the song “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.”  He teamed up with a contemporary artists like Miranda Lambert and Eric Church on his last album, and had big Number One hits with both of those singles.  

For his new single “Wasted Time,” Keith used an instrument he calls a “ganjocaster” which was invented by former bandmate Brian Nutter.  It’s an odd-looking, double-necked, hybrid electric guitar and resonator banjo.  Keith’s new album Ripcord is set to be released on May 6th.

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