Caitlyn Shadbolt (pictured) and Shane Nicholson headline our first ever New Country Friday 5. 

Starting from today, each Friday morning we will present you five of the hottest just-released tracks in country music, from both local and international stars.

Here are this week’s exciting new tracks!

1. CAITLYN SHADBOLT – ‘BONES’  

CMC Music Award winner and proud Gympie girl Caitlyn Shadbolt kicks off the new year with the very radio and playlist friendly ‘Bones.’

This new tune about having faith, persistence and trusting your gut instinct (even when her family “had their doubts”) is the first new track from Shadbolt since the release of her debut album Songs On My Sleeve in 2017.

“‘Bones’ is about chasing the dream. It’s a song about persistence, passion and trusting your gut instinct,” says Shadbolt.

“There are always so many hurdles that come with dreaming big, but when you love something enough, you’ll do it regardless. It couldn’t speak more truth for me.”

Check out ‘Bones’ by Caitlyn Shadbolt

2. SHANE NICHOLSON –  ‘THE HIGH PRICE OF SURVIVING’

You may need to take a moment after listening to this song.

Written with up-and-coming Queensland songwriter Leyon Milner, ‘The High Price Of Surviving’ is a song about life’s daily struggles and sacrifices.

Nicholson was a very close friend of musician/producer/art designer Glen Hannah and his been very open about his personal struggles in dealing with and understanding Hannah’s heartbreaking passing last year.

Those feelings are touched on in this song.

“It’s better than taking the other way out,” sings Nicholson at the end of the chorus.

Check out ‘The High Price Of Surviving’ by Shane Nicholson

3. MORGAN WALLEN – ‘THIS BAR’

Following the huge success of his song ‘Whiskey Glasses’ in 2019, Morgan Wallen has started with 2020 with a new track release.

The sentimental ‘This Bar’ is a refreshing take on what we can learn from our experiences not only at a bar, but in life in general.

Wallen’s debut album, If I Know Me, has received both Gold and Platinum distinctions in the USA.

He will also play at Bonnaroo in 2020!

Check out ‘This Bar’ by Morgan Wallen

4. BRANDY CLARK – ‘WHO YOU THOUGHT I WAS’

Grammy winning singer/songwriter Brandy Clark’s new track ‘Who You Thought I Was’ is quite simply a beautiful love song.

Of the song, Clark shares, “The seed of the song came from something that John Prine said a couple of years ago at the Americana Awards. He walked out onstage at the Ryman and everyone stood up and clapped for what felt like five minutes.”

“When everyone sat down, he said with a little laugh, ‘Well, I’m John Prine, but I’d like to go back to being who you thought I was.’ Man…that hit me,” she continues.

“The songwriter in me instantly knew it was a song and the heart in me knew.”

it was how I had felt in my own life many times. I mean who of us hasn’t let somebody down or wanted to be the version of ourselves that someone who loved us thought we were?”

Check out ‘Who You Thought I Was’ by Brandy Clark

5. HANNAH MAY – ‘PASSENGER SEAT’

Former Mae Valley member Hannah May has released ‘Passenger Seat’ ahead of her upcoming appearance in the 2020 Toyota Starmaker Final at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

This uplifting and encouraging song was written by May and produced by Peter Holz has worked with artists such as Olly Murs, Fifth Harmony, The Veronicas and Peking Duk.

Hannah May moved from New Zealand to Brisbane with not much more than her guitar and a suitcase last year in a bid to further her music career.

She describes the move as ‘The best decision I’ve ever made’.

Check out ‘Passenger Seat’ by Hannah May