First Play Friday (Jan 29)
January 29, 2021
Below, are the six songs MJ featured today!
Eric Church – Heart on Fire
Our first song for FPF comes from a man whose heart is on Fire! Eric Church fans are pumped after announcing plans for a three-album release “Heart & Soul”, last week. As he’s been doing since the summer last year when he dropped “Stick That In Your Country Song,” Church debuted another song today, the lead-off track from Heart, the first of three albums that will drop on April 16.
Blake Reid Band – Penny
The Blake Reid Band focuses on making authentic music rooted in the traditions of country and storytelling. They also incorporate elements of folk, roots, bluegrass, Americana, rock n roll, and outlaw country.
“Penny” is the opening single from The Blake Reid Band’s debut album Another Way Home, set for release in May.
Seaforth – Breakups
Along with “Breakups,” the duo has released the tracks “Close Enough,” and “Everything Falls For You.” They also have four songs from their Love That EP, which came out in April of 2019 and were featured on Mitchell Tenpenny’s single “Anything She Says.”
The duo’s harmonies throughout this new track, however, really hit home just how tough a breakup can be. Of the song, the duo said in a statement,
“’Breakups’ is the most personal song we’ve put out to date. It was written from a very real place and was almost like therapy for us both in different ways. We hope everyone can relate to it like we do.”
Track45 – Met Me Now
Track45 introduced their debut project, Small Town EP in October last year and are already making waves in the country music scene.
Siblings Jenna, Ben, and KK Johnson, originally from Mississippi and now based in Nashville, released three tracks along with their debut EP, all providing country fans with a first look at their country roots.
“We moved to Nashville with a big dream,” the members of Track45 said in a press release. “We’re so proud that our first EP, Small Town, tells the story of who we are and where we’re from. We poured our hearts into this project, and we hope people love it as much as we do!”
Though the group is new to releasing their own music, each artist has also achieved success as a songwriter. Ben, for example, received his first #1 as a songwriter with Lee Brice’s “One of Them Girls.”
Tyler Del Pino – Jumping Out Of The Nest
Written in the remote town of Lillooet, B.C. while on vacation, Jumping Out of the Nest (January 31) marked the pre-sale release of the full EP on Bandcamp as its second single and highlight track, closing the collection of songs in a finale of optimism and reward. Doing away with any fear of going against the grain, taking a leap of faith, and recognizing reassurance in companionship, this song breathes hope and solace into a wandering soul.
“I wrote this surrounded by some of the most rugged beauty I’ve ever experienced, watching tiny birds fearlessly soar through tremendous mountains – so small and so seemingly insignificant, yet so determined and free,” reveals Del Pino, “For me, this song is a mission statement for escaping the darkness that holds me back, allowing myself to take more personal risks, and having confidence in my relationship, all for the pursuit of happiness.”
Kip Moore – How High
“How High” will be featured on Moore’s upcoming Wild World Deluxe album, an extended version of his original 2020 set with additional tracks, released on February 12!