First Play Friday with MJ (May 14)

 In First Play Friday, New Music

Every Friday (between 10a-1p), MJ features SIX brand new songs from artists you already know and love, and artists you will get to know and love.

If you missed today’s FPF, check out the songs featured below!


We kick off FPF with Maddie & Tae who first made waves with their platinum hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” which emphasized female resilience in country music. This duo has since released their sophomore album, The Way It Feels, which includes “Die From A Broken Heart” which went to No. 1 and made them the first and only female twosome with multiple #1s!

Maddie & Tae recently shared their brand new Apple Music Radio Show called “Mood Ring Radio.” On the show, Maddie & Tae have honest conversations about life events, and some of the experiences they’ve had together and individually. The show premiered on May 4th and in the first episode they talk about one of their new single’s “Woman you got.” Listen here.

Today, Maddie & Tae have released another new one. Like their radio show, this one is called Mood Ring. Remember those? I still wear a mood ring and, boy oh boy do the colors change dramatically quick from time to time, just like the subject in this song.



Our next FPF song comes from singer/songwriter duo Mike and Aidan, better known as Buck Twenty. The duo from Harrow and LaSalle, Ontario, have a Top 40 Billboard Single (#36), and recently, four 2021 CMAO Nominations (Single of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year, Rising Star, Music Video of the Year).

Fans recognize Buck Twenty for their trademark sound, bursting with harmonies and catchy hooks, “All I Can Do,” for example. Today, however, Buck Twenty have released a new one. It’s called “Cut Me Off”

Buck Twenty said in a statement…

“Cut Me Off” was one of our first choices when we were deciding on which songs to record. It felt like a song that we would have grown up listening to on the radio. It really resonated with us, as it had more depth and a story that we could relate to now that we were older and had lived through experiences that we wanted to share with our fans. Being vulnerable is never easy, but choosing this song was.”

As it turns out, this song is produced by one of their idols…

“Recording “Cut Me Off” was a really amazing experience. We got to record this song with an idol of ours, Danick Dupelle of Emerson Drive in London, Ontario. Growing up, one of Mike’s first-ever CDs was an Emerson Drive album, and working so closely alongside him was like a dream come true. He really helped show us the ropes of what it meant to make music that we could be proud of and gave us insight into being better artists.”


Our next FPF song comes from a Canadian group who formed in 2013, and since have accumulated over 185-million total global streams. It’s the James Barker Band!

JBB first burst onto the scene when they won the Ontario-based Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2015 and were signed to Universal Music Canada.

Their first #1 Canadian country radio hit “Chills” also reached #46 on the US Country radio airplay chart in 2018, the first time for a Canadian Country artist not signed to a domestic label to do so.

The James Barker Band released their second EP “Singles Only” in May of 2019 which includes their 2019 summer gold hit single “There’s a Drink for That” which now has over 17-million global streams. Last summer, JBB released their hit single “Summer Time” and a four-song EP “JBB-Sides” dedicated to their longtime fans.

Today, James Barker Band released a new single…this one is called “Over all over again.”


After releasing his collaboration with Canadian Artist, Mackenzie Porter, “Thinking Bout You,” in March…today, Dustin Lynch released another new collaboration. This time, with Chris Lane, who has also recently shared a couple of new songs, including “Fill Them Boots.”

This new collaboration is all about boat season…Tequila.


Our second to last FPF song comes from an artist who Critics and fans have been buzzing about a lot lately, country singer-songwriter Dillon Carmichael.

If this is your first time hearing the name, here’s what some are saying about him so far…The New York Times compared him to Randy Travis saying his rich baritone voice “moves with the heft and certainty of a tractor-trailer,” whatever that means, while NPR praised his “deep holler,” and Parade raved that “Carmichael defines pure country.”

Today (Mar 14), Carmichael released a new EP titled Hot Beer. The EP includes the title-track and a cover of Montgomery Gentry’s “Lucky Man,” both co-produced by Jon Pardi. Hot Beer also includes “Big Truck.” Take a listen below.


Our last FPF song comes from Travis Denning, who has a new weekly variety series called “Travis Denning and Friends Do Stuff,” which showcases his personality and features special guest appearances from fellow country artists. Upcoming episodes will include Kip Moore, John Osborne and Jordan Davis.

As for his music, his current single “ABBY” has over 20 million streams and follows his first No. 1, “After A Few.,” Both tracks are featured on the Beer’s Better Cold EP.

Today, however, Denning released a new single which he described as “Country as hell!”


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