On the one-year anniversary of his EP, Summertime Blues, Zach Bryan dropped a bomb on TikTok, sending shockwaves through the entire Country music world; his new album is on the way in August. Though he did not give a specific release date, just the notion that the Something in the Orange singer is releasing music in the next month was enough to send social media into a frenzy.
Here are five things that we know about the album so far:
1. It has 11 songs (at least)
Back in April while discussing the upcoming album, Bryan quote tweeted a fan asking him how many songs would be on the next album. He replied by saying, “11 baby I’m in my quality over quantity era”. However, judging by the number of songs teased since then and a few key social media posts that will be discussed later, it would not be surprising if the album eventually stretches well over the previously-stated 11 songs.
2. He produced it himself
Savvy music fans understand that a song’s success can ultimately be determined by how it is produced, mixed and blended after its initial recording. For the first time, Bryan will produce an album by himself. In an Instagram post back in June, he said, “finally produced my own album”. Though he has been involved in the production of some songs throughout his discography such as Late July and the entirety of the Summertime Blues EP, this will mark the first full-length album Bryan has produced by himself.
3. A live version of “Dawns” will be on it
For many artists, simply tweeting “Sure I’ll put it on the album” would not guarantee a song’s release. However, with Bryan, it all but confirms it’s coming. In fact, he is no stranger to simply replying “sure” to a fan asking for a song to release and then releasing it the next day. Both Burn, Burn, Burn and The Greatest Day of My Life‘s releases were announced via Twitter in this nonchalant manner.
4. Previously-teased tracks such as Tourniquet, East Side of Sorrow, Hey Driver, El Dorado and Holy Roller will be featured
In a June 25 Instagram post, Bryan posted snippets of 10 fully-produced songs that will appear on the album. Among these are previously-teased songs such as Tourniquet, Hey Driver and El Dorado, among others.
5. The 11 songs that are confirmed (as of today)
A speculated tracklist looks something like this per the aforementioned Instagram post and tweet mentioning a live version of Dawns.
- On The Beach
- East Side of Sorrow
- Long Island
- El Dorado
- Hey Driver
- Philly By The Morning, Ohio By The Night
- *Unknown Song* (Interstate Towns)
- Coffee Cups
- Holy Roller (feat. Sierra Ferrell)
- Dawns (Live)
However, if I was a betting man, I would bet that this album would be much closer to 20 songs rather than the 11 that he initially reported. Here are some additional unreleased songs that very well might make the album’s cut.
- Deep Satin
- Dear Miss
- Fear and Fridays
- Screen Door
- Blue Jean Baby
- Summertime’s Close
Much like This Road I Know on American Heartbreak, there should be a poem present to close out this brand-new album. Many have speculated that the poem version of Fear and Fridays will also make the cut.
As for an actual release date, nothing is known other than it is coming out sometime in August. There is one day, however, that is very unlikely for a release and that is August 25. This is due to fellow country stars, Turnpike Troubadours, releasing their brand new album, A Cat in the Rain that day. Bryan has gone on record multiple times saying how influential the band and frontman, Evan Felker, have been on his sound and songwriting so I think it’s fair to assume he wouldn’t drop the album on the same day.