Our spotlight shines on Zane Williams this week! “Bringin’ Country Back” is at #53 on the Texas Regional Radio Report after a 22 spot leap, and made a 15 spot jump up to #23 on our Texas Music Spotify Chart! The track is the lead single off of Williams’ upcoming album, due out in October, and is the first look into his seventh studio album.
“It’s the first album I’ve ever made that I produced totally by myself, which makes it the most personal album I’ve ever done” Williams told us. “It’s also the first album where I’ve used my live band as the studio guys, which enabled us to be really creative and take time with the music. The result is that this CD is the closest to my creative vision that I’ve ever made, and also closest to the sound that you hear when you come to the live show.”
Recorded at Panhandle House with Erick Herbst, Williams penned the tune after feeling like he was transcended in time while watching Cody Jinks perform at Ranchbash last year. “It was like I was watching a cool country music show from the 70’s” he told us. “I thought, ‘Man, I want people to feel that same way when they come see my show.’ ”
The Abilene, Texas native originally thought the song should be sung by an outlaw singer like Jinks, but after living with it for a few weeks, decided to take the plunge and record it himself.
Here at TMP, we think he made a great decision to keep the song, and we like that he’s stepping out with it; sending a message of what’s to come with the rest of the record. We dig the strong traditional instrumentation and the way the lyrics explore the roots of country music and it’s current state. While actual country music has been alive and well in Texas and the underground music scene, the song provides a rallying cry for the rest of the songwriters and artist’s who have been keeping the genre alive and are leading the charge in it’s restoration on the national level. William’s gives a strong, twangy vocal performance and a convicting delivery! We think he’s got himself another #1!
We want you to help us get him there by requesting it on all your local and online radio stations!
Check out “Bringin’ Country Back” by Zane Williams below!
You can also hear this song, along with other great new Texas/Red Dirt Music on our Spotify Playlist!
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