NOW Mornings – First Play Friday (Jul 12)

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Every Friday, Now Mornings’ Steve and MJ feature 6 new songs from artists you already know and love and artists you’ll get to know and love. Which songs were featured this week (Jul 12)?

After the decidedly introspective Songs for the Saints, Kenny Chesney gears up for his first true Blue Chair/Warner Music Nashville project with the release of “Tip of My Tongue,” a decidedly grown up song from the man who Variety called “country music’s only long-term stadium act.” With its sweeping groove and an almost humid melody lift, “Tip of My Tongue” merges desire and connection over a figure of speech in a classic songwriting technique.

Listen here.




The inspiration for the song started out as a journal entry from notes Madeline wrote to her younger self, and the end result has amounted to an empowering track that resonates in the current cultural landscape, as many young women struggle to compare themselves to others with the pressures of social media. The track remains in the catchy pop-meets-country fusion that Merlo has become known for, and the song serves as a powerful reminder to girls and young women to be kind to themselves through difficult times, and to always be aware of their many strengths.

Listen here.



A new Chris Young and Lauren Alaina duet, “Town Ain’t Big Enough,” arrived Friday morning (July 12). As the song’s title implies, the singers portray a couple of small-town exes who seemingly can’t leave home without confronting pieces of the past.

Listen here.






Country trio Midland have officially announced their next album, Let it Roll, following the success of their full-length debut, On the Rocks, in 2017. That project earned the group a huge fanbase, as well as critical acclaim, nominations and awards.

Listen here.


Morgan Wallen will follow up his bourbon-soaked, back-to-back No. 1 singles, “Up Down” and “Whiskey Glasses,” with the release of new single, “Chasin’ You,” on July 29.

“Chasin’ You” is featured on Morgan’s 2018 debut album, If I Know Me. The new tune showcases Morgan’s smoldering vocals as he pines for a relationship that fell apart when his girl moved West to pursue her dreams.

Listen here.




Listen to brand new Filmore, “Other Girl.”

Find it here.

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