On The Radar: Charly Reynolds, Anne Wilson, Hank Ruff, and Matthew Wayne
The number of songs from independent and signed artists released each Friday is growing, and they are more and more well-written, well-produced, or simply just a good release.
These are some of the best independent and emerging songs released last week that deserve your attention.
“Reckless” – Matthew Wayne
As soon as the first note is played, “Reckless” has the ability to capture the attention of the listener. The song has a steady tempo and a melody to accompany it, which makes it one of the easiest tunes to listen to. The song also has a commercial element within it, which is perfect for radio and streaming, which means its relevance is maximized.
“Out Of My Hands” – Charly Reynolds
During her attempt to pick up the pieces from her broken heart, Charly Reynolds reminds herself that spending her days wondering what if’s and what could have been won’t make any difference since, “Out of My Hands,” things will still be out of control. In the powerful ballad, Reynolds reveals the depth of her vocal abilities as she confides in a well of stunning illusions and effortless melodies that grip one’s attention.
“Living Water” – Anne Wilson
It’s impossible not to feel a higher power when you listen to Wilson’s new release. There is a strong sense of gospel in the song, but also a sense of country, and it can make people think, and draw them to it. In calling out to the hearts of those who are ‘searching’ for meaning and purpose, her voice soars to the sky. In the chorus of the song, the steady beat, the gospel choir performing a full gospel choir all work together to convey the song’s message that believing in something bigger than oneself is a good thing.
“Whiskey Always Wins” – Hank Ruff
The lyrics and energy of “Whiskey Always Wins” make it a country song that truly stands out. As a co-writer, Moi is best known for writing hit songs for Florida Georgia Line, Nickelback, and HARDY, and Hutton is known for writing hit songs for Lainey Wilson, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean, to name a few. This song is already steeped in anticipation with such a discography.
Despite its title, this song is not an ode to whiskey, though it seems like one. It’s a tribute to Ruff’s cowboy hats and ball caps. Ruff has a deep understanding of the hold whiskey has on him, but that does not mean he sees it as a bad thing all the time.