Last night from the stage of the Grand Old Opry, Charles Esten announced and performed his brand-new single, “A Road and A Radio.”
Besides his LLS charity fundraising anthem “Light The Night,” it is his first new single since completing his Guinness World Record-breaking, 54-track #EverySingleFriday campaign in 2017. Co-written with J.T. Harding, and produced with Bobby Hamrick, “A Road and A Radio” is a rocking country ode to the open road and the music that has long been its soundtrack. Charles performed it last night with the same group of Nashville musicians who he recorded it with in the studio. Fans can find the new single when it’s released on all platforms on Friday, October 11.
Later this month, Charles returns to the UK for a Country Music Week tour which will finish up on October 27 at Royal Albert Hall and includes a date at Manchester Bridgewater Hall.
This time he’s excited to be bringing a full band with him, fronted by Nashville musical director and guitarist, Colin Linden. Chart-climbing UK-based Country trio The Adelaides will return as his openers. (Dates below.)
On November 1, Charles — the National Honorary Spokesman for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night campaign — will host the inaugural “Writers & Lighters” event at Analog at the Hutton, with all proceeds going to benefit LLS. The intimate “songwriters in the round” will follow the Light The Night Walk at Nissan Stadium, with doors at 8:00pm that evening.
Regarding his new single, Charles says, ”The freedom and spirit-regenerating power of being on the open road with the person and the music you love isn’t just a piece of American mythology. It’s real. This song attempts to capture a little bit of that. It would be nice to think that maybe when somebody out there, in an attempt to get away from it all, decides to get ‘a song turned up’ and ‘a ragtop down,’ this just might be one of the songs they turn up.”
Saturday, Oct. 19 – Bridgewater Hall — Manchester