By Ross Jones
Hold on to your freakin' hats, Tanner Usrey has arrived.
The Texan singer-songwriter has released his debut album, Crossing Lines, today (11/17), his first major label release with Atlantic Recordings.
Boiling up the blood, sweat and tears of five years writing away while out on the road into a pot of gnarly, life-beaten red-dirt country rock, the record encompasses the wouldn't change-this-for-the-world spirit of Lynyrd Skyrnrd with the frank and tender admissions from the more considered moments in Whiskey Myers' discography.
Usrey isn't afraid of some pop sensibility either. Providing some truly melodically inviting moments throughout Crossing Lines, it makes for a vivid, all-encompassing and, most notably, distinct album. It's like if Luke Combs really did set up camp in Houston and encompassed that red dirt spirit.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 15-track record is 'Beautiful Lies', a touching reimagining of Usrey's first big hit, now featuring fellow up and coming artist Ella Langley.
Talking about the new version of the song, Usrey told Holler; “This song is kind of the one that 'started it all' for me. It was the first song that got real traction and has always had a special place for me".
"I think this new version really shows how I’ve evolved as an artist and how we've evolved as a band", Usrey continues. "Not to mention I got to work with Ella Langley, who is absolutely amazing at what she does. I think this version is going to draw new people in, but still have the old feel to it, and I can’t wait for y’all to hear it".
Echoing Usrey's sentiments, Langley told Holler; “You say yes when an impactful song like 'Beautiful Lies' gets thrown your way as an idea of a collaboration."
"Tanner and I had crossed paths a handful of times and over the past year have grown a friendship through a respect of music and synergy between our teams. I am excited for our fans to experience this song again and I can’t wait to play it live with Tanner”.
To celebrate the release of the album, Usrey is heading out on the road through the rest of 2023 and into January 2024. The 'Take Me Home' singer is supporting Paul Cauthen throughout December up and along the West Coast, before Usrey heads out on his own headline shows, before closing it with a big Nashville date at The Basement East in March.
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