In the caption, the beloved Virginia troubadours joked, “Album five: Powered by Reeses”, referring to the empty packet of Reeses Dipped Animal Crackers sitting atop the keyboard.
Although 49 Winchester have remained relatively tight-lipped over any details regarding their eagerly awaited Fortune Favors The Bold follow-up, the knowledge that the band are hard at work on the project will undoubtedly reassure listeners.
We're yet to receive an official title, tracklist or release date for the album, but the ‘Hays, Kansas’ crooners have teased a couple of stellar unreleased songs since Fortune Favors The Bold.
Back in December 2022, 49 Winchester treated attendees at an intimate Johnson City, Nashville show to a live rendition of ‘Hillbilly Happy’, with the band's frontman, Isaac, hinting that the studio version of the track will feature a big-name artist.
The bearded songsmith revealed they'll be including ‘Hillbilly Happy’ on the new album, “We’ve got some big plans for this next song, what we’re going to do with it on the next record. I think there’s going to be a really cool special guest on the recording of this…”
The following summer, 49 Winchester unveiled another unreleased offering, seemingly entitled ‘Tulsa’, while performing at Laurel Cove Music Festival in Pineville, Kentucky.
Both songs stick to the hugely popular blueprint 49 Winchester have honed in recent years, with the band having taken their eclectic rock-tinged, Americana-inspired catalogue of fan-favourites across the world in 2023 as part of Luke Combs’ world tour.
Could Luke Combs be the surprise vocalist on ‘Hillbilly Happy’? The North Carolina hitmaker is a big admirer of 49 Winchester, and Luke is known for giving a helping hand to up-and-coming artists by lending his voice to their songs, as he highlighted by appearing on The Wilder Blue's recent single, ‘Seven Bridges Road’.
We certainly wouldn't complain if Luke does pop up on the new record - but even if 49 Winchester decide to put together another string of original songs with no features, we're sure it'll be another incredible project from the fast-emerging six-piece.
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