Oklahoma country star Zach Bryan shares Summertime Blues, a new 9-track EP, which arrives only a couple of months after his record-breaking, critically-acclaimed Warner Records debut AMERICAN HEARTBREAK. Listen to Summertime BluesHERE and watch the video for the title track HERE.Summertime Blues follows in the footsteps of AMERICAN HEARTBREAK with its honest and poignant storytelling, further underscoring Bryan’sreputation as one of the most vital and singular songwriters of his, or any other generation.
Over the course of Summertime Blues, Bryan sings about working class lifestyle; (the dark and muscular “Quittin’ Time”); paints a bittersweet portrait of a summer night across America on the title track; tells a longing story about the one that got away (“Oklahoma Smoke Show”); and dives deep into the frustrations of a relationship gone sour (the fiery “All The Time”). He shifts from epic to intimate with the songwriting mastery fans have become accustomed to, exploring the many textures of life without flinching at their complexities.
Bryan also announces a handful of new concert dates, including his first proper headlining gig in Los Angeles at The Wiltern on October 18. His summer tour thus far has found him forging profound connections with fans thanks to his simple, undiluted, genuine, and captivating music. See all of Bryan’s upcoming tour dates below and buy tickets HERE.
AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, the Navy veteran’s third album and first for Warner Records as well as his first studio-recorded album, made the second-highest streaming country music album debut in history, breaking the 2022 record for single album streams in a 24-hour period and pushing Bryan well past 1 billion streams globally. Capping five years of what Bryan himself called “a true tall-tale,” AMERICAN HEARTBREAK’s unforgettable vignettes of modern life in America—the rambling “From Austin,” stirring “Something In The Orange,” and down-home “Highway Boys,” to name just a few—earned him a spot in the canon of the country’s great narrative songwriters.
“Something in the Orange” peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot Country charts and was the #18 global streaming track overall. “From Austin” claimed #1 Country Song on Apple Music and debuted at #4 on Spotify’s Global Country chart. On the strength of its deeply personal story, the track has garnered over 37 million global streams. Bryan is now a regular presence on the most coveted playlists in country music.
Summertime Blues proves that the once-in-a-lifetime songwriter has a deep well to pull from, and AMERICAN HEARTBREAK was just the beginning.
About Zach Bryan: Zach Bryan is a singer/songwriter from Oologah, Oklahoma, proud of his small-town roots and whose music is fueled by a desire to stay true to himself. The 24-year-old is a recent active-duty member of the US Navy, previously stationed in Washington state—a family tradition that has instilled a sense of honor and humility that is clear in his music. His success is found in his raspy voice, a mix of classic folk melody and outlaw country with a raw edge that cuts to the bone. His breakthrough moment makes all that clear as day. In the video for “Heading South,” shot by phone outside of his Navy barracks in humid 95-degree heat, Bryan’s passion echoes off the strings of his trusted Guild. Drenched in sweat and belting words that he had written minutes earlier, the moment is authentic, brutal, and real. Millions of fans have now seen that video without any sort of industry assist, and millions more have connected to the tender, sincere songs found on both Bryan’s 2019 debut album DeAnn—dedicated to his late mother—and his 2020 follow-up, Elisabeth, an ode to those he loves. His recent show at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium sold out in record time and now finds Bryan amidst a headline tour of sheds and festivals through summer 2022. His recent hit single “From Austin” topped both the Spotify and Apple Music’s Country charts. AMERICAN HEARTBREAK, is Bryan’s first official studio album and first for Warner Records. Upon release in May of 2022, it became the second-highest streaming country music album debut in history, breaking the 2022 record for single album streams in a 24-hour period and pushing Bryan well past 1 billion streams globally. A man of simple words, Bryan’s ability to create depth in his work is rivaled by few artists. He believes that who you are only extends to the person you are today, an ideology reflected in everything he creates.