Hayley Jensen, Cassidy-Rae, Ghost Hounds & More: This Week’s Best New Music

17 July 2023 | 1:39 pm | Mallory Arbour

Each week we track down the best new music and curate it into our ‘Hot Country Hits’ playlist for all our readers to enjoy. Today, we've selected our top picks of the week to celebrate the songs that stood out in the crowd.

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Hayley Jensen – Rock Bottom 

Hayley Jensen’s latest banger, Rock Bottom explores the journey from heartbreak to resilience. Co-written with Troy Kokol and Chris O’Neil, the heartfelt lyrics tell the story of falling hard for someone, only to be deceived by their ingenuous ‘fool’s gold love’. 

Hayley says, “Amidst the pain and despair of heartache, you discover that hitting rock bottom can actually be a catalyst for a transformative turning point, where ‘the only way is up’, and it is more than possible to emerge stronger than ever before.” 

Cassidy-Rae – One More Song

Co-written with MSquared’s Michael Paynter and Michael DeLorenzis, One More Song is an electrifying contemporary country anthem. Reminiscent of Taylor Swift and James Johnston, it’s a wild ride of infectious melodies, foot-stomping beats, and undeniable fun.

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Cassidy Rae says, “This song was written for the fans - night after night, show after show, screaming out for one more song - this was such a fun way to capture that moment and to celebrate music and the party.”

Mickey Guyton & Kane Brown – Nothing Compares To You 

Mickey Guyton has released her first radio single of the year in Nothing Compares To You, which features Kane Brown. The song was written by Tyler Hubbard, Bebe Rexha, and Jordan Schmidt.

Mickey says, “This song said everything I needed to about my relationship with my husband and really spoke to me the moment I heard it. Having been a fan of Kane’s from the beginning, I felt this was the perfect song for us to do together. I’m so thankful Tyler, Bebe, and Jordan trusted us with this beautiful song!”

Brothers Osborne – Sun Ain’t Even Gone Down Yet

Brothers Osborne have unveiled the new song, Sun Ain’t Even Gone Down Yet from their forthcoming fourth studio self-titled album, due for release on September 15.

TJ Osborne says, “We’ve always had a lot of mystery intentionally around the things we have done, but with this album, we decided to be all in.” John Osborne adds, “Since our last record, we’ve been very forthcoming with who we are. By acknowledging TJ’s personal life and my mental health struggles, we are more ourselves creatively and publicly than we’ve ever been.”

Ghost Hounds – Last Train To Nowhere

The powerful new single Last Train To Nowhere comes ahead of Ghost Hounds 's fourth studio album, First Last Time, out July 28. The explosive song will make its global TV debut during the premiere episode of Taylor Sheridan’s new TV series Special Ops: Lioness.

Guitarist/songwriter, Thomas Tull says, “That’s one of my favourite songs that I've ever written. I wrote it on an acoustic, and the music just came together. Lyrically, it’s about a guy who’s reflecting on his life. He's gotten older, and he’s had a varied career, if you want to call it that. He talks about laying bricks and doing all these odd jobs. He’s not someone who worked at a company or was a teacher or a fireman that can say, ‘This is what I did with my life's work.’ This guy's life's work was whatever work he could get. And he never settled down, never had kids. So, he's thinking about that last train ride, or whatever metaphor you want to use there, and he's starting to think, ‘I'm not sure I'm gonna leave any legacy at all.’ And what does that feel like? That’s the story of that song.”

Caroline Jones & Zac Brown Band – Little Bandaids

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caroline Jones teams up with the Zac Brown Band, of which she has been a member since last year, on Million Little Bandaids.

Caroline told Forbes, “I wrote this song about two years ago and it’s funny because I actually wrote it with Zac in mind, originally. But I didn’t get a chance to play it for him at the time. I was struggling with the mix a little bit and I took it to Zac because I obviously respect him, he’s one of my mentors, and I said, ‘I’m missing something and I’m trying to get it right, what do you think?’… the missing piece turned out to be the Zac Brown Band.”

You can listen to the Hot Country Hits Australia playlist featuring all the above songs and more on Spotify here.