Swindell, Moore, Smith release music
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Swindell, Moore, Smith release music

Friday, April 28, 2023 – Cole Swindell goes the deluxe route today with "Stereotype Broken." He also put out "Sad Ass Country Song." The tongue-in-cheek heartbreak song follows his most recent digital track release "Broken" and his current rising single "Drinkaby." Written by Swindell, Josh Miller, Matt Dragstrem and his long-time friend/ guitar player/bandmate Joel Hutsell, "Sad Ass Country Song" has been popular in concert. The project charted three back-to-back, Platinum-certified, multi-week number one hits: "Single Saturday Night," "Never Say Never" (with Lainey Wilson) and, most recently, his five-week chart-topper "She Had Me At Heads Carolina."

Kip Moore's fifth studio album, "Damn Love," is out with 13 songs. Co-produced by Moore, along with Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three), the release includes "One Heartbeat," featuring Ashley McBryde. Moore and Johnston wrote four of the songs together. The title track is the current single.

Nate Smith not only released his debut album today. He also put out a separate deluxe version with six additional songs, including "World on Fire." Smith, a native of Paradise, Cal., which was destroyed in a fire, wrote 14 of the songs on the debut and five on the deluxe version. The release also contains his hit "Whiskey On You."

Griffen Palmer debuts with "Unlearn" on Big Loud Records. Palmer, a Canadian, helped write all 10 songs. Joey Moi produced the set. Palmer won NBC's Songland show in 2020.

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CD review - Nate Smith Nate Smith has a wonderful, quivering voice. It's a voice often pushed to its limit, though, because so many of the songs feature pounding drums and roaring electric guitars. It's a whole lot of pounding and roaring because it – like many (too many?) contemporary country albums – is extra-long. The deluxe edition, in fact, sports 26 songs and clocks in at nearly an hour-and-a-half. All this loud music is just a bit much, though, by the time all's said and done. ...
You may be confused by the opening title track of Kip Moore's fifth studio album. "Damn Love" is a soft techno ballad straight out of the Eighties from an artist that traditionally has gone for hard charging hits like "Beer Money" and "Somethin' Bout a Truck." He has regaled his fans with tales of running off with an airport flight attendant, getting fired from Wal-Mart for smoking grass and a litany of other country vices including, drinking of course. ...
CD review - Stereotype Already successful as both a songwriter and a headlining performer, Cole Swindell's showcases both sides of that equation. The album includes seven co-writes of his own among the 13 tracks and some solid vocal turns on the hits that continue to prove that he is more than just a hit songwriter. "Never Say Never, a duet with Lainey Wilson, is the powerful centerpiece. The song is arranged so the two singers' lines snake around each other as a bona fide 80's power ballad unfurls ...

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