June 11, 2014 12:00 PM


Justin Moore

DOWNLOAD: “Lettin’ the Night Roll”

“The ladies are liking it a lot,” says the singer of his single, which is about forgoing any prescribed plans for romance and letting love take its course. “The subject matter has been done a bunch, but it works.” Moore kept that same approach on the rest of his new album Off the Beaten Path. “I tried to stay true to what has gotten me to this point: traditional country music,” he says. The CD also features two duets: “Old Habits” with Miranda Lambert (“It’s about as country as you can write” he says) and “For Some Ol’ Redneck Reason” with Moore’s personal hero Charlie Daniels.

Chuck Wicks

DOWNLOAD: “Us Again”

Wicks’s first radio single in more than six years is “the ultimate love song where you fight for love,” he says. “Everyone gets so busy, they forget why they’re together. This is about going back to that honeymoon phase and being us again.”

Natalie Stovall and the Drive

DOWNLOAD: “Baby Come On with It”

The group, fronted by singer and fiddle phenom Natalie Stovall, has released their debut single after nine years on the road. The tune “is about having a really good time,” says Stovall. “It’s the closest you get to seeing us live.”

Love and Theft

DOWNLOAD: “Night That You’ll Never Forget”

The duo’s latest hit “is about how you go to this party and you were going to lay low, but you end up having an incredible night,” says Stephen Barker Liles, who shares the singing duties with Eric Gunderson.

Jerrod Niemann

DOWNLOAD: “Lucky #7”

“It’s about feeling like a superstar because of somebody else’s love,” says Niemann, who says he was inspired to write the song by his fiancée. “I feel like a 7 with an 11. I am a lucky guy.”

Danielle Bradbery

DOWNLOAD: “Young in America”

The winner of season 4 of The Voice says there are actually two ways to interpret her latest single: “It talks about young love and how they just want to drive away and have fun and be together and never stop. But it can also be about you and a group of friends doing the exact same thing, being on a lake or hanging outside with friends and never wanting to stop.” Either way, she says, “it’s a really fun song. It’s perfect for the summertime.”

Josh Thompson

DOWNLOAD: “Turn It Up”

Thompson insists this party-themed song—the title track off his sophomore album—isn’t about cranking up the music. “It’s about tuning all of the bad stuff out and turning up the wild and crazy side of life,” says Thompson. “It has a very funky beat, and it makes your body want to move.”

Chase Rice

DOWNLOAD: “Country in Ya”

This guy-meets-girl tune was inspired by a real pickup line that Rice and his buddies dreamed up during a night of partying. “You can take it as ‘Girl, when are you going to let me take you out into the country and countrify you?’ ” he says. “Or you can let your imagination fill that one in.”

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