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First Country: New Music From Mickey Guyton, Sam Hunt & More

Inspired to detail her own story after seeing a video of a young girl who was sent home from school because her hair was deemed by school officials as “too distracting,” Guyton penned this powerful missive of self-love and self-acceptance with Anna Krantz. “I found my freedom when I learned not to care/ Now I’m not scared I love who I am/ I love my hair,” Guyton sings, her capable voice filled with hard-earned wisdom and joy. “Love My Hair” will be included on Guyton’s upcoming album Remember Her Name, out Sept. 24.

Sam Hunt, “23”

Hunt gets wistful and nostalgic on his new track “23,” blissfully recalling the days he and an ex-lover spent in Memphis, New Orleans and at Folly beach. Even though he and his ex have each moved on with their lives — new jobs, new cities, new romances–those memories of young love come easily, as he sings, “no matter where I go, no matter what I do/ I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you.” Hunt wrote the song with Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Chris LaCorte.

Walker Hayes feat. Kesha, “Fancy Like”

Walker Hayes’ infectious, inescapable single about living it up on date night with bourbon street steaks and Oreo shakes from Applebee’s is currently in the Top 10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, but here, he teams with Kesha (a Nashville native) to give the song an extra shot of swagger. Kesha tweaks the lyrics to include her preference for the “cheap thrills” of the Deep South, like Waffle House over Dom Pérignon. She joins Hayes on the chorus while sprinkling in plenty of ad libs and soulful vocal riffs.

Jon Randall, Jon Randall

Singer-songwriter Randall, known for writing songs including “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Tin Man,” has stepped more into the spotlight this year, first as one-third of The Marfa Tapes collective alongside Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram. Now, Randall releases his first album in nearly 15 years with this nine-song, self-titled project. One track from the album, “The Road,” a solo write from Randall, seems especially poignant, detailing life on the road, from sharing stories over glasses of wine, late morning wakeup calls, and a place where “the diesel in my lungs startin’ to smell like home.” Throughout the project, Randall’s talent for exquisite detail is on display, particularly on songs like “Driving to Mexico” and “Streets of Dallas,” which bring an intimate world-weary tone to lyrics of despair and loneliness.

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