The Round-Up: New music from Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, Julia Cole and more

through Cindy Watts

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Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne and Chris Janson unveiled new hits for their die-hard fans this week while young talents Julia Cole, Jessica Willis Fisher and Restless Road created songs to make them the stars of tomorrow.

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Kip Moore: ‘Crazy One More Time (Revisited)’ sees the Georgia native return to his debut album ‘Up All Night’ for an updated remake of the fan favorite. Its revamped version turns the intimate plea for one more night into a brooding anthem with an urgency and passion so palpable it feels like it’s been bubbling since the song’s original release nearly nine years ago. “Crazy One More Time (Revisited)” again showcases Moore as one of country music’s most distinct voices, eloquent writers and gifted communicators. When he sings, you believe him. Give the man an arena, a spotlight and watch him win.

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Jessica Willis Fisher: “Fire Song” is Fisher’s first album as a solo artist. Years ago, she performed with her siblings as part of the Willis Clan. The family’s life imploded when their father was arrested for sexual abuse. “Fire Song” is Fisher’s brave and beautiful first step in reclaiming her voice and her story through music. Co-written with Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Jon Randall, “Fire Song” delves into the dark side of Americana and showcases Fisher’s angelic courage.

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Chris Janson: “All In” is Janson at his best rhythmic love song. Written by Janson, Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson and Zach Crowell, “All In” is the singer’s heartwarming ode to his wife Kelly and their family. Janson has long said he was “all in” the moment he saw it, and this time he paired the sentiment with an infectious melody and made the song the title track of his new album which will be out this spring. It’s sure to be a favorite of his shows, which continue to be some of the most engaging, energetic and compelling in country music.

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Julia Cole: “Phoenix” begins as a lonely acoustic lament for a partner Cole knows she shouldn’t miss. The song builds into a soaring contemporary chorus as it celebrates the 2,000 miles that separate them. Distance, she says, keeps her from making a mistake and backtracking. Cole was just named one of CMT’s 2022 Upcoming Women of the Country.

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Restless Road: “Growing Old with You” is a sentimental, harmonically rich mid-tempo that showcases the trio’s individual singers. At the same time, a lifetime of promises and plans unfolds in the lyrics. The song’s production is layered with piano, strings, percussion, guitar and more to create a thick, dramatic palette as the singers engage, “I want to grow old with you.”

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Joy Okladokun: “Keeping the Light On” was written by Oladokun, Mike Elizondo and Ian Fitchuk and it’s the singer’s way of encouraging listeners to keep trying even though it’s hard. Okladokun’s smooth voice glides over progressive pop production as she sings: For Whenever You Feel the Weight | There might be a better way to make lights on

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Brothers Osborne: “Headstone” is a sublime playground, John Osborne’s nimble, aggressive guitar licks and vocal platform allowing the duo to unabashedly assert who they are and what they stand for. TJ Osborne sings, “Write That On My Headstone,” followed by “Here Lies A Man Who Didn’t Care | I wasn’t afraid to stand up for something. The song is combative rocker that showcases the duo at their best. There’s nothing country about this track, but people will be too busy clenching their fists to notice or care.

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