Changing Lanes: Five Country Tracks for Fans of Harry Styles

 

There was quite a bit of curiosity surrounding the new Harry Styles album before its May release, and it’s safe to say it’s surpassed most everyone’s expectations. Die-hard fans and critics were pleasantly surprised by both the classic rock undertones and fuzzy guitars, as Styles proved he’s set out to become one of the next class of tried-and-true rockstars. Styles incorporates plenty of varying instrumentation throughout his album (compare the punky feel of “Kiwi” next to the sweet acoustic vibe of “Sweet Creature”), and showcases his cross-genre chameleon capabilities.

Looking to branch out a little and add a few new songs to your playlist? Here are five Styles-esque country tunes:

“Lost in California” – Little Big Town

A slow, summer jam with plenty of heat, Mr. Styles himself would probably also be a fan of “Lost in California” from Little Big Town’s latest album, The Breaker. Its ethereal, atmospheric sound is anchored with classic lyrics and stunning vocals, and it’s surprisingly easy to dream up a Harry Styles/Karen Fairchild duet while listening.

 “Tupelo” – Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell is a requirement on any list of guitar-fueled must-have song selections. “Tupelo” is one of the more laid-back choices from June’s  The Nashville Sound, but it certainly doesn’t lack in showing off Isbell’s playing. Bonus: It’s also perfect for any summer driving playlist.

“That’s the Way That the World Goes Round” – Miranda Lambert

Lambert’s take on a John Prine song, which sounds nothing like the original – on purpose. Her version is full of fuzzy guitar and an amped-up sound, and we’d guess about as close as she gets to punk music (though that would be lots of fun to hear someday). The gloriously over-the-top lyrics and instrumentation match the attitude and wild-child flair heard from Styles on “Kiwi” and “Only Angel”.

“Please People Please” – Charlie Worsham

The vibes on this track from Charlie Worsham’s most recent album fit right in next to Styles’ more upbeat offerings (“Carolina,” we’re looking at you). Try not to dance around your living room singing along to this one (disclaimer: it’s not possible).

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban

Urban’s 22nd #1 was the fourth single from 2016’s Ripcord, and we’re almost certain you’ve heard it by now. Add it to the queue after Harry Styles, though, and you’re in for Urban’s smooth vocals mixed with the kind of longing that would fit right in next to “Meet Me In The Hallway.”