New Music Friday April 12

Billy Ray Cyrus

This week’s music has a song climbing the charts but not without rising controversy. Lil Nas and Billy Ray Cyrus released “Old Town Road.” While some are saying it’s not country, others are saying it is country. For those who like ’90s country, Brooks and Dunn just released new music and Kathie Lee Gifford now calls Franklin home and releases a new song with Nicole C Mullen.

1. Lil Nas & Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road”

Billy Ray Cyrus lent his distinctive vocal style and clever lyrics to Lil Nas X’s already viral sensation, “Old Town Road.” Billboard just reported the song rose to number one on the charts and its one of the shortest songs to make the list- read more here.

2. Brooks and Dunn – “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”

Best selling country duo Brooks and Dunn just released a new album Reboot featuring their biggest hits with a new generation of country artist. This week, they appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where they perfomred “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” with Midland. Other collborations include Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and more.

3. Nicole C Mullen & Kathie Lee Gifford – “The God Who Sees”

This is Kathie Lee Gifford’s directorial debut for the short film music video for “The God Who Sees.” Mullen and Gifford wrote the song together. As Gifford ends her run as the host of the Today Show with Hoda, and moves to Franklin, she will tells People Magazine “I am an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”

4. The Revivalists – “Change”

The Revivalist have a new album out- Take Good Care. The band just unveiled the music video for “Change” which was filmed at Meow Wolf’s mind-bending House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe where not all is what it seems. The buzzed-about art collective’s House of Eternal Return (backed by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin) is a huge immersive multidimensional mystery dwelling complete with secret passages and portals to magical worlds. This band is a must-see in person as frontman David Shaw entertains and his voice is so distinct.  Next show in Nashville takes place at Ascend on August 28.

5. Aisha Badru – “Enough”

Electro-folk singer and songwriter Aisha Badru returns with her Road to Self EP on June 7th, and shares lead single “Enough,” a synth lullaby about embracing life’s ups and downs while developing an unwavering confidence in oneself.  Road to Self is the follow up to Badru’s debut album Pendulum, which saw fans connect to her raw vulnerability (as proven by the album’s 22 million streams). Badru will join Allman Brown on tour starting May 2nd Nashville.