Guest Writers Orfila Get To The Bottom Of What Exactly Is Country Music

The UK’s love affair with country music at this moment in time is apparent and, as a country artist myself, it is a very exciting time for both fans and musicians.

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Free Willy – ‘Remember the Alamo’

‘Remember The Alamo’, the new album from Free Willy, is a collection of twelve tracks in Americana, alt country, and bluegrass styles. The quartet hails from Crockett, Texas, and comprises WB Jones on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Jim Taylor on bass and backing vocals; Spence Peppard on lead guitar, drums, and backing vocals, as well as lead vocals on ‘American Medley’; Kevin Carter on fiddle and mandolin, and Steve DeVries on banjo and harmonica.

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Car Seat Headrest – ‘Nervous Young Inhumans’

‘Twin Fantasy’ was an album originally released in 2011 by Car Seat Headrest, a fourpiece from Leesburg, Virginia. Lead singer Will Toledo says it was never a finished work, and a new version of the album is set for release on February 16 and is available to preorder.

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Natalise + The Sunset Run – ‘Be’

Natalise + The Sunset Run first came to our attention late in 2016 with their track, ‘The Lucky Ones’, from their 2015 album, ‘Glimpses Of The Sun’. Last year they came back to us with another track from the album, ‘Love Unconditional’. Now Natalise Kalea and her band have returned with their latest track, ‘Be’, which comes from their latest EP, ‘Constellations’.

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Justina Valentine – ‘The Real Justina’

Justina Valentine will be a familiar name with regular readers of EP, as we’ve written about her no fewer than four times over the past year and a half. Last year, 2017, was a banner year for Justina. Apart from her stunning videos ‘Deep End’, Crushing On You’, and ‘Sunlight’, she cemented herself in the celebrity firmament by becoming a fan favourite on Nick Cannon’s ‘Wild ‘N Out’, where she’s developed a reputation for her freestyle talent as well as her huge personality – who could forget her freestyling while riding a mechanical bull? Justina has also been enlisted to be a part of the new season of MTVs ‘The Challenge: Chamsp vs Stars’, where she’s more than held her own, in some of the most gruelling of competitions.

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Dos Floris – ‘Silence’

It’s been a while since we’ve caught up with Dos Floris, a multi-instrumentalist with a revolutionary fusion of electronic and acoustic music. Dos Floris’ latest single, ‘Silence’, is from her self-released debut album, ‘The Widowed Earth’, and has a video which embraces the themes of relinquishing the past, and embarking on a radical journey, with no looking back.

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Blue Helix – ‘Anti-Social Butterfly’

Blue Helix bring together the two worlds of boxing and music in the new video for their song, ‘Anti-Social Butterfly’.

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Former Syntax Singer-Songwriter Jan Burton Releases First Solo Single ‘Freeze’

Jan Burton, former singer/songwriter of EDM band, Syntax, has released his latest single, ‘Freeze’. A synth-laden track, ‘Freeze’ takes its inspiration from experiences Jan has had with people over the years in the music industry. It’s a thank you to all those who have stood by him through everything, and not regretting any past decisions, and looking forward to the future.

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Jane N’ The Jungle – ‘One Time’

Jane N’ The Jungle are certainly making a name for themselves with their unique blend of 90s style alt and modern rock. The Phoenix Arizona trio, who formed back in 2013, have already graced the pages of Essentially Pop several times in 2017 alone, most notably with their singles, ‘Killed Someone’, and ‘Faded Stars’. Now they’ve released their final instalment for the year, ‘One Time’; a pared down ballad which gives the listener a deeply personal look at the band.

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Hannah Williams & The Affirmations – ‘Late Nights & Heartbreak’

‘Late Nights & Heartbreak’ from the LP of the same name by Hannah Williams And The Affirmations, is a soulful and stirring track, most recently sampled by Jay-Z on the title track of his most recent album, ‘4:44’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: ‘Merry Christmas Everyone – Christmas Hearts Club Band

“May this song bring relief, peace and hope to you all in this last quarter of what has been a tremendously difficult and challenging year in light of the tragic events, natural catastrophes as well as the loss of iconic artists, close friends and family. Let’s end 2017 on a high note so to speak, full of cheer, without fear.” – Lost Nomad, aka Diego Guzman

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Made In Music – Essentially Pop Meets Fredrik Ferrier

Following on from the release of his brand new single, ‘Feliz Navidad (She Stole My Heart)’ Fredrik Ferrier took the time to chat to Lisa. It was good to learn a little more about the musician, singer songwriter, and star of E4’s ‘Made In Chelsea’, and find out what’s in store for him in the future.

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The Rotten Mangos – ‘In Love with the Afternoon’

Psych rockers from Texas, The Rotten Mangos, have perfectly captured that hot summer afternoon feeling with their new single, ‘In Love With The Afternoon’.

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Janey Street – ‘Undone’

Nashville-based singer songwriter Janey Street has a lifetime of experience in the turbulent music industry, and has lived to tell her story, one song at a time. Janey’s latest single, ‘Undone’, is thought-provoking, and seeks to answer the questions we’re all burdened with, about our selves, and the world around us.

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Shane Palko – ‘Don’t Fall In Love While Time Traveling’

We recently reviewed Shane Palko’s track, ‘Staring Out The Window’, and spoke of his talent and unusual upbringing. The 28 year old, who has performed his music in over 20 countries and adds more to that list every year, has released another track, ‘Don’t Fall In Love While Time Traveling’.

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Those Damn Eyes – ‘Give and Take’

Those Damn Eyes, from Austin, Texas, have released their lastest single, ‘Give And Take’. They took the scene by storm with their debut EP, ‘Glass Crash’, released in 2016, whose addictive hooks and heavy tones made for an epic first impression.

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