Country music traditionalist Randall King is entering the new year with the long-awaited announcement that has been keeping fans at the edge of their seats – or barstools. His forthcoming major label debut album, Shot Glass, will be available everywhere on March 18. Featuring 11 standout tracks, eight of which co-written by King, the album centers around a night out at a bar, which each song representing a different point of view of those in the room. Produced by Bart Butler and Ryan Gore, Shot Glass tells the tale that you’re never drinking alone.
“This record is four years in the making, and there are a lot of things I’ve gone through in those years,” said King. “Heartbreak, love, loss, fear, anger, peace. You hear all of that through this record. It’s a piece of me that I love and can’t wait to share with the world, for it to resonate and hit folks right where they need. There are songs I’ve written over the last five years on this record, some I’ve played out and some nobody has heard yet. I’m excited to drop it and let it off the chain!”
King gave several sneak peaks of the album last year with releases “You In A Honky Tonk” (LISTEN HERE), “Baby Do” (LISTEN HERE) and first taste “Record High” (LISTEN HERE). The steel guitar-soaked track brought MusicRow to say “this dude is a for-real country singer, and this rhythm-happy Texas honky tonker stakes a for-real claim to stardom.” Rolling Stone also remarked “King sings it with delicious gusto, curling his voice around notes in impressive — but not flashy ways — and demonstrating why he’s a talented newcomer to watch.” Several other outlets agreed, with Pandora and Country Now placing King of their 2022 Country Artists to Watch lists.
The Texas native released his first major label collection in 2020 with the Leanna EP (LISTEN HERE). Named after his late sister who passed, the EP reflects on King’s personal struggles of early life between depression and OCD, as well as the obstacles he faced after the unexpected loss of his sister. In addition to the EP, several standalone track releases and two holiday tunes, King has accumulated 100+ million global career streams to date. Described as “one of the best live shows you’ll see” by Whiskey Riff, King continues to tour across the country in the new year – for a list of tour dates and more info on King, please visit https://www.randallkingmusic.com/.
One of country’s new crop of modern traditionalists, Warner Music Nashville artist Randall King grew up on the endless plains of West Texas – and his sound is steeped in their timeless beauty, both gritty and graceful at the same time. He grew up singing in the back of a ‘93 Chevy Suburban, mimicking the pure-country vocals of stars like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Alan Jackson and John Anderson and over the years became drawn to the electrifying energy of modern stars like Eric Church, Dierks Bentley and Jason Aldean. After years of hustling and a road-warrior’s diet of 150 shows each year, King produced and released the defiant 2016 EP, Another Bullet, then followed up with a 2018 self-titled album. Now produced by traditional torchbearers Bart Butler and Ryan Gore (Jon Pardi), King is bringing an organic, timeless sound to country’s mainstream – his string of recent track releases hone in on the bright honky-tonk textures that feature willowy steel guitars, twangy melody riffs and a dynamic vocal. With over 100+ million career streams to his name and more new music on the horizon, King is looking to the anywhere-and-everywhere future with music that captures the essence of a Western poet who’s never been afraid to be himself.