First Country: New Music From Aaron Watson, Brothers Osborne and More

This week’s column also features music from Riley Green, Restless Road and more.

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This week's FirstCountry includes new releases from Aaron Watson, Brothers Osborne and more

This week’s column also features music from Riley Green, Restless Road and more.

Jessica Willis Fisher, “Fire Song”After leaving her family’s touring band, The Willis Clan, Fisher has been forging her own music career in country and Americana spaces. Her voice is silk and steel on this bluegrassy jam, as she asserts her strength — both musically and personally — after the family’s father

pled guiltyto sexual abuse charges in 2017. “What’s lost is lost/ and what’s done is done,” she sings. Backed by jangling acoustics and searing fiddle, she’s ready to put the bad times behind her and move forward with this top-shelf performance.She wrote the song with Jon Randall, with production from Ben Fowler. “Fire Song” is one of eight tracks she co-wrote on her upcoming album

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See latest videos, charts and news Jessica Willis Fisher, “Fire Song” After leaving her family’s touring band, The Willis Clan, Fisher has been forging her own music career in country and Americana spaces. Her voice is silk and steel on this bluegrassy jam, as she asserts her strength — both musically and personally — after the family’s father pled guilty to sexual abuse charges in 2017. “What’s lost is lost/ and what’s done is done,” she sings. Backed by jangling acoustics and searing fiddle, she’s ready to put the bad times behind her and move forward with this top-shelf performance. She wrote the song with Jon Randall, with production from Ben Fowler. “Fire Song” is one of eight tracks she co-wrote on her upcoming album Brand New Day Texas Hill, Heaven Down Here Country trio Texas Hill — which includes Craig Wayne Boyd, Casey James and Adam Wakefield — releases this debut studio album today (Jan. 21), a promising project that highlights the vocal and writing talents of these three former reality show contestants. The title track features three-part harmonies in a southern gospel-tinged tribute to southern living, rounded out by bluesy guitar riffs and bright piano work. Elsewhere, “For The Love of It” is a reminder that they are in the biz for the love of music above all else. On Saturday (Jan. 22), the trio will make their debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Riley Green, “Taillights” (Acoustic) Green is known for singles like his top 5 Billboard Country Airplay hit “There Was This Girl” and the sentimental “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” He recently shared an acoustic performance of an unreleased track, “Taillights.” He’s put his truck up for sale and notes that, while it’s working fine, the taillights seem to have a problem. Namely, those taillights started faltering right around the time his girl drove away and left him in the dust. Warren Zeiders, “Burn It Down” Zeiders’ striking voice blazes in defiance on this moody track. “I’d bet everything there’s a lot of folks like me, cutting off the puppet strings and breaking out the gasoline/ But once you strike that match, there ain’t no turning back,” he sings above stormy instrumentation that blends country with a punk-rock edge. Zeiders wrote the song with Andy Sheridan, Erik Dylan and Rob Snyder. Lost Dog Street Band, Glory For their latest album, the trio harkened back to their early days busking on the streets with this raw, acoustic project filled with old-timey folk vibes and songs that address redemption, addiction, defeat and victory. This Nashville-based trio includes lead vocalist/writer Benjamin Tod, violinist/vocalist Ashley Mae and bassist Jeff Loops. In the track “Until I Recoup,” they revel in being the determined underdog and the truth-telling outliers: “I only take pleasure when I compete/ With a knife in my back, outnumbered by three.” Restless Road, “Growing Old With You” On this smooth piano ballad, the trio of Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Garrett Nichols sings of making a life with the one you love, traveling the world together and ultimately settling down in a house on a hill with family. This track — co-written by Jordan Reynolds, Jordan Minton and Lady A’s Charles Kelley, with production from Jared Keim — highlights the group’s tight-woven harmonies and earnest lyrical interpretation. Restless Road is currently on the road opening shows for Kane Brown’s Blessed & Free Tour. Get weekly rundowns straight to your inbox