About bloody time! That’s all we can say. After five years of waiting, and off the back of last year’s incredible ‘Jacket On’ and ‘Can Down’ singles, Mike Ryan has finally put us all out of our misery by announcing a new album. It’s called Longcut and it’s not out until October 28th, but if the new single is anything to go by then all we can say is this is one thing that will definitely have been worth the wait!
We are so excited to be premiering ‘Die Runnin’’ here at Holler ahead of its release on September 16th. Listen below.
A dashboard-pounding chunk of driving heartland rock, ‘Die Runnin’’ bursts into life like a wheelspin on a gravel road before grinding down into gear and settling into a pulsing country groove. Like all the best road trips, it’s the kind of song you wish could go on forever.
"Die Runnin' is kind of a damsel in distress type of song”, Ryan explained to us about the song. “There was obviously a love there that didn’t quite work out, but the guy is hearing that she may be having second thoughts so it’s like, ‘Don’t move. I’ll be right there!’ There’s an urgency about it that’s really cool, and it has this kind of rock & roll driving rhythm to it."
With nine chart-topping no.1 songs on the Texas music charts, the San Antonio native's previous albums - Bad Reputation, Night Comes Falling and Blink You'll Miss It - might have given us a taste of what to expect from this new album, but nothing like the delicious country rock smorgasbord he’s serving us up. It’s bigger and bolder, the flavours packing an extra punch as he takes everything he’s become known for as a songwriter and performer and blows it up to stadium size.
“I’m super proud of this record", Ryan says. “I always felt that every project that I put out has been better than the last one. We have been working for years on some of these songs and have lived with them for a while, and that’s one thing that is unique to this record. There’s also definitely been some sonic growth with this album. We brought in a few new players and different elements that I thought were really crucial in making this album sound as good as it does.”
With an incredible lineup of songwriters and noteworthy collaborations - including Brandy Clark, Brent Anderson, Hillary Lindsey and Gordy Sampson - this new record once again proves why he is becoming such a formidable force in country music. If you’re a fan of Mike Ryan already, you’re in for a treat. If you’re not a fan already then you’re definitely about to become one.
Currently touring in support of his new music, Mike will perform at the legendary Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Texas on September 17th. Most recently, he performed shows with Riley Green and Miranda Lambert.
This fall, he will make his debut at Globe Life Field as part of Morgan Wallen’s first-ever stadium show in Arlington, Texas on October 8th. For a full list of tour dates and more information click here.
Longcut is released on October 28th. 'Die Runnin'' is out on September 16th. Click here to preorder.