Exclusive: Josh Gracin on new single, former label’s ‘inner fighting,’ state of radio and playing the game

Josh Gracin FacebookJosh Gracin is the most honest artist I've ever had the pleasure of interviewing, not to mention humble.

Most known for his Top 5 hits "Brass Bed" and "I Want To Live" and, of course, his 2004 No. 1 smash "Nothing to Lose," he has learned the hard way about the political nature of the music business. He departed from the fledgling Lyric Street Records before the label eventually disolved in 2010, but he's taken that experience with a grain of salt as he heads into the next chapter of his musical career. His newly released "Drink It Gone" sees him stepping out of his comfort zone with a catchy summer anthem, which serves as the lead offering from his forthcoming project (either an EP or an album).

I recently had the chance to chat with him about his new music, what he describes as his former label's "inner fighting" (that led to his departure), the state of Country radio, balancing family and career and the lessons he's learned over the years. 

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Sarah Darling, “Little Umbrellas” – Single Review

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Relative newcomer Sarah Darling brings us the latest in a long string of summer-themed singles.

With her "Little Umbrellas," her sharp vocals are on full display, complete with a pop-produced plucky intro that then segues into a catchy hook. As the followup to her breakout hit "Home to Me," this is the first release after parting ways from Black River Entertainment earlier this year, for undisclosed reasons. Since the mutual shift, Sarah is still parterned with manager John Alexander,  formerly Vice President of Artist Management at Black River Entertainment, and heads into a new era with a clear head.

The breezy summer track, available on iTunes on June 4, isn't trying to be anything that it's not, other than a feel-good anthem about little fruity drinks with little colorfully electric umbrellas. If you don't want to hop on the next flight to the coast, you must not be listening to the lyrics hard enough.

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