We’re going to switch things up just a little for 2016. Instead of doing our Texas Music Breakthrough AND our Playlist feature, we’re going to combine them (kind of). Each month we’ll put out a Playlist of the new music, (albums, EP’s, and Singles) we’ve been digging for the past 30 days or so, along with a song, and where you can find more information about the artist. Rather than having the redundancy of featuring new singles in both places, our Playlist will be inclusive of those songs. Most importantly, we’ll have a link that will direct you to iTunes where you can purchase these hard-working artists’ music! So after you’re done sampling the tunes, head on over to the iTunes link and purchase a copy!
It’s been almost 2 months since we’ve done a playlist, and we’ve had a lot of music sent out way! So this playlist will be a little larger than most. This playlist includes 23 artists, and about 60 songs! This month we have songs from Randy Rogers, Bart Crow Band, Green River Ordinance and many more! Enjoy!
>>>>>>>January iTunes Playlist<<<<<<<
Randy Rogers – Randy Rogers put out of one his best records to date this month, and we’ve been rocking it ever since we got our hands on it! By far his most country effort, “Nothing Shines Like Neon” is packed full of fantastic songs, that are sure to end up as some of your favorites of 2016! The lead single, “Neon Blues” is racing up the charts, and should find its way to #1 in the coming weeks! Check it out below!
On this Playlist: Neon Blues, Meet Me Tonight, San Antone
Bart Crow Band – Bart Crow’s latest album, “Parade”, is packed with extraordinary originality that stands out amongst many of the other album’s we’ve come across the last few months. This may be our favorite album to date from this music scene veteran, and it’s been in constant rotation in our office sound system since we got it. Crow’s music always seems to stick with you. We’ve been a big fan of his music for a long time here at TMP, and we’re definitely digging the new tunes! He just released one of our favorite tracks, “Dear Music” to radio. Check it out below!
On this Playlist: Dear Music, Vapor Trails, One Night with you
Green River Ordinance Green River Ordinance has exploded over the last few years! Their amazing vocals, powerful harmonies, and peaceful songwriting have become a staple of their sound. They just dropped “Fifteen” earlier this month and we’re grooving to it! Their single, “Red Fire Night” is at #1 this week! Check it out below!
On this Playlist: Red Fire Night, Only God Knows, Simple Life
Jason Lee McKinney – Jason Lee McKinney’s newest single, “Lisha’s Leaving” is one of our favorite singles currently out on radio! He’s got a very natural and vivacious sound, mixed with some smooth songwriting and production. Check out the single below and check out his latest album “Play Something you Believe”.
On this playlist: Lisha’s Leaving, Leaving Kind, Bend My Strings
Jake Worthington – Many of you guys know Jake Worthington as the runner-up on Season 6 of the Voice, but he’s slowly emerging out of that explanation attached to his name and making a name for himself! He dropped his debut, self-titled, EP at the end of the last year and just released his debut single to radio! “Just Keep Falling in Love” made a huge leap this week up to #86 and this is just the beginning for this very talented young man! Check out the current single below!
On this Playlist: Just Keep Falling in Love, That’s When, This Damn Memory
Breelan Angel – Breelan Angel had one hell of a year in 2015, and is starting 2016 off with a hit! “Rhinestone World” is currently at radio and moving up the charts with force! This is one of our favorite tracks from the recently released album, by the same name! Check this one out and be on the lookout for this young lady this year (and for years to come!).
On this playlist: Rhinestone World, Rub a Little Dirt on it, Coal Digger
Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band – We’ve been following these guys for a while, so we were ecstatic when their recently released record, “Kings and Queens”, completely blew away our expectations!! These guys really stepped their game up for their sophomore effort, and their lead single, “I’m Done” is racing up the charts! Grab a copy of their album and check out their latest single below!
On this playlist: I’m Done, Leaving on Her Mind, Sippin’ on Shine
Ryan Beaver – It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Ryan Beaver, and boy did he emerge with a force on his new single, “Dark”! It’s one of the most powerful and captivating songs currently at radio, and it has us super pumped about his upcoming record, Rx! Get this one in your life!
On this playlist: Dark
Abbi Walker – Abbi Walker is a pistol! We really like her wild-eyed, big dreaming, hard-working, approach already this year! Abbi Walker is a fast rising Texas Country and Southern Rock artist, a songwriter with the personality and talent as big and as promising as her home state. We’re jamming to her new single, “Too Good a Woman”! Check it out below!
On this Playlist: Too Good a Woman, Feisty, Well Behaved Too Long
Shane Barnhill – Shane Barnhill has a deep country voice you don’t forget! His new single, “Take Away” is strong, emotional, and great for radio! We’ve dug just about every song Barnhill has released to radio from his last record “Country Lovin’” and we’re excited to see how well this one does!
On this Playlist: Take Away, Pain, Rednecks
Spencer Elliott – We came across Spencer Elliott’s brand new single, “Win” last week, and it was an easy decision to add it to our playlist this month! It’s powerful, catchy, and full of emotion! We’ve since downloaded the recently released album “The Beginning”, and are definitely now fans!
On this playlist: Win, Austin, Daddy Ain’t Coming Home
Jeremy Parsons – Jeremy Parson’s latest single, “Burn this House Down” is at #61 this week. We’re very high on this single, and it’s one of our favorites currently on the charts. We’re looking forward to it continuing to climb! Check out the great video to this song below.
On this Playlist: Burn this House Down,
Darrin Morris –This is great COUNTRY music from this East Texas band! Darrin Morris has a really solid sound, and we’re really digging their latest single, “Green Eyed Texas Angel”. Check it out below!
On This Playlist: Green Eyed Texas Angel, Paint, Dancing in the Rain
Erick Willis – We’re obviously big fans of Erick Willis. He’s got some of the best vocals in the scene, and is starting to fight his way out of the massive sea of up and comers, and making it to the next level. He just released his sophomore effort, “Flood Gate” and we’re definitely digging it! Our favorite track on the record is “I Can’t Stop”; check it out below.
On this playlist: I Can’t Stop, Tenasaw, ‘Til the End
Mike Stanley – We came across Mike Stanley’s recently released album “Wildflower” and it has stuck with us ever since. Stanley’s raw and authentic vibe really stood out to us, and we’re really digging the track “California”. Check it out below!
On this Playlist: California, Lemme Find Out, Wildflower
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Drew Fish Band – We’re a little late to the party on the Drew Fish Band; but better late, than never. We came across their current single, “Playing with a Flame” (#72 this week), and have been hooked! We’re also really digging “Baby Just Let Go”! Check out “Playing with a Flame” below!
On this Playlist: Baby Just Let Go, Playing with a Flame, Baby Just Let Go
Patton Sparks – Patton Sparks brings a lot of energy on his new album “Ride of Your Life”! Released a few weeks ago, it’s got a solid southern rock edge, and gets your foot tapping! Check out our favorite track “Baby Love” below!
On this Playlist: Baby Love, Goodnight Honey, Lay that Hammer
Jarrod Sterrett – “Slow Down Cowboy” is Jarrod Sterrett’s 3rd radio release and each one keeps getting better! It’s a true country song about a lover trying to tame a drifter and calm his restless soul! Check it out below!
On this Playlist: Slow Down Cowboy, Lying Lips, Don’t Love Me
Trae Hubrel and the Tameless – We were just sent Trae Hubrel and the Tameless’ new EP “Long Way Home” and made its way in to our office’s playlist pretty quickly! These guys have a good mixture of rock and country; giving them a smooth, yet edgy sound! A few stations are already spinning “Enjoy the Little Things”, and we recommend you check it out below!
On this Playlist: Enjoy the Little Things, Ever Feel Your Love, Forever
Jeff Jacobs Band – We were sent an email telling us to check these guys out, and we’re sure glad we did! We downloaded their recently released, self-titled EP, a few weeks ago, and it has been in major rotation around the office! We’re really digging their lead single, “Break His Heart Tonight”. Check it out below!
On this Playlist: Break His Heart Tonight, Feels Alright, Far Away
Marcus Lindsey – This guy is damn good COUNTRY music!! It’s the direction I wished Nashville would’ve went, instead over the over produced, pop route. He’s got pure county twang in his vocals, well laid out songwriting, and fantastic music. If you’re a fan of real country music, check this guy out! Lindsey just released a new single, “One Less Fool” in Amarillo”! Check it out below!
On this Playlist: One Less Fool in Amarillo, Too Much Ain’t Enough, It’s What you Don’t
John Loring – John Loring has just released the lead single, “Already Gone”, from his upcoming EP “Where the Sun Goes Down”. It’s already up to #84 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and it’s just getting started! We’re looking forward to hearing the rest of the EP!
On this Playlist: Already Gone, Who Said
Jed Crisp – Jed Crisp released album “3 Shots Down” this month and has some really solid tunes on it! We really enjoy the album’s soothing rhythm found in most of the songs and the track “All Over Me”. Check it out below!
On this playlist: All Over Me, 3 Shots Down, Horns Hold Her Halo
>>>>>>>January iTunes Playlist<<<<<<<
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.