Zach Bryan has unveiled the title of his new album, which is set to be released in early 2023. In a recent tweet, the Oklahoma native revealed that the title of the project will be ‘Writers and Fighters’.
He went on to confirm that he was also readying a live album, which - to fans' surprise - he released on Christmas Day, entitled All My Homies Hate Ticketmater (Live From Red Rocks).
Along with a host of electric renditions of tracks both old and new, the project featured Bryan's now iconic rendition of ‘Snow’ during a blizzard at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.
Earlier in the year, we outlined our theory that Bryan had some new music up his sleeve, and it seems our suspicions have been confirmed. The prolific singer-songwriter has gained a reputation for his relentless release strategy, having already dropped his lengthy American Heartbreak album earlier in the year, along with a summer EP and a smattering of singles.
On November 11, he dropped a double-pack of songs, the wistful ‘Fifth of May’ and the quietly euphoric ‘The Greatest Day of My Life’. Since then, fans were beginning to worry that - Heaven forbid - they might have to go a whole month without a new release from Bryan.
As Bryan confirmed that new music was on the way around Christmas time, we suspected that the live project might land onto streaming platforms before the year is up - and lo and behold, Bryan delivered with All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live From Red Rocks).
Regarding the studio album, ‘Fifth of May’ and ‘The Greatest Day of My Life’ will presumably find their way onto the tracklist, along with Bryan's other recent singles, such as ‘Burn, Burn, Burn’ and ‘Starved’.
One of Zach Bryan's unreleased tracks, ‘Deep Satin’, is also expected to make the cut. In September, the country songsmith confirmed that the track would be on his next album. While there is no concrete release date yet, Bryan stated that the project would be released around February 2023.
On November 18, Bryan posted a clip of a moving new song, ‘Dawns’, about his late mother, who passed away in 2016. The snippet was accompanied by a black-and-white video featuring a winding, wintery road.
When Bryan released his live album on Christmas Day, he also made the full music video for ‘Dawns’ available for fans that signed up to updates via Bryan's Laylo platform. The song, which features moving vocals from Maggie Rogers, was then removed, but on January 27 Bryan gave the haunting track an official release.
Shortly after the start of the new year, Zach Bryan treated fans to a clip of an untitled and unreleased song, possibly called ‘Lost Faith in the World’ or ‘Summertime's Close’. The gentle track showcases the singer-songwriter's unrivalled ability to captivate listeners over nothing more than a simple, noodling acoustic guitar.
In early December, Bryan also teased a haunting new song written for a woman named ‘Marie’, and we expect that this will also make the Writers and Fighters tracklist.
As New Years Eve approached, Zach Bryan introduced fans to another unreleased track, a warm-hearted ode to his girlfriend, Debbie Peifer. He posted the song, which could be entitled ‘Dear Miss’ or possible even ‘Debbie’, following a series of tributes to Debbie, ahead of the couple's one year anniversary.
In addition, over the past few months Bryan has regularly posted clips of unfinished songs to Tik Tok. These include tracks with working titles such as ‘Round and Round’, ‘Just Like The Movies’, ‘Back to Oklahoma’, ‘Holy Roller’ and ‘Young and Numb’.
Alongside these teasers, a number of unreleased snippets and clips have surfaced on YouTube, such as tracks speculatively titled ‘Please Don't Move’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Honey’, ‘Somebody’, ‘The Sea Today’, ‘Homebound’, ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Safe With Me’.
‘Please Don't Move’ finds Bryan reprising the warm, lovestruck character that took the lead on previous releases such as ‘Snow’, ‘Right Now the Best’ and ‘Darling’.
When another unreleased track, ‘The Sea Today’, receives the studio treatment, it feels as though it could certainly turn into a driving anthem in the mould of ‘Dawns’.
Fans are holding out hope that Bryan will also include a number of older unreleased songs, such as fan-favourites, ‘Dark’, ‘Sunday Afternoon’ and ‘Sunday Flannel’.
Zach Bryan's announcement of a 2023 studio album reverberated around the country music world, especially given Bryan's role as one of the most popular and trailblazing artists in the genre.
Despite spending much of 2022 either touring or releasing new music, Bryan still found the time to secure a 2023 Grammy nomination for ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ in November.
Throughout the tail-end of the year, Bryan kickstarted a feud with Ticketmaster, after publicly criticising their handling of the Taylor Swift pre-sale fiasco. The title of Bryan's Christmas Day live album, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live From Red Rocks), is a tongue-in-cheek nod to this. In January, Bryan confirmed that he'd be playing a series of low-cost dates in 2023 as part of his Burn, Burn, Burn tour in retaliation against the ticketing service.
In December, Bryan also continued his close relationship with Kevin Costner's Yellowstone, as his music was once again featured in the neo-Western drama. Both ‘The Good I'll Do’ and ‘Whiskey Fever’ have been included on the Season 5 soundtrack.
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