Zach Bryan announced his new album, American Heartbreak back in January. Since then, he has used his social media platforms to share snippets of lyrics, previews of songs, and other updates along the way. If we were talking about any other artist here, I would say that they were trying to build hype around their project and doing a damn good job of it. Nothing wrong with that at all. However, with ZB, it feels more like he’s really excited for everyone to hear his first professionally-recorded studio album.
We can’t wait to hear the new Zach Bryan album. So far, we’ve got a handful of song previews and a single to go on and it already sounds like a strong contender for album of the year. With that being said, let’s take a look at all the previews he’s shared so far.
“From Austin” Is the Lead Single from the New Zach Bryan Album
Zach Bryan released the first single from the new album on February 25th. However, he started teasing his followers with snippets of the song long before then. His followers heard a snippet of “From Austin” for the first time in September of last year. Then, he shared an edited clip of the official music video for the song a couple of days before it dropped. Since the full song is available, we might as well give it another listen, right?
“Highway Boys” Makes the Road to American Heartbreak Feel Longer
Zach Bryan dropped “Highway Boys,” the second single from the new album, on March 25th. He also included a killer music video featuring some behind-the-scenes clips of him and his band. It’s a must-watch for ZB fans.
“Open the Gate”
Zach Bryan shared a snippet of the song “Open the Gate” from the new album earlier this month. In the short clip, Zach sings about riding bulls in Cheyenne despite a lady at home worrying about him. The chorus of the song is going to be one that thousands of people will scream along with when the album drops. “Open the gate I’m here to prove / That I’m better than my father was / and where he came from too. Open the gates I’m here to ride. / To Hell I go with daddy by my side.”
“’68 Fastback”: Zach Bryan’s Favorite Song Title from the New Album
A couple of days after sharing that snippet of “Open the Gate” Zach Bryan shared another sample from his new album. One of his followers asked what his favorite song title from American Heartbreak was. He said, “’68 Fastback” and another fan asked to hear it. So, he shared a sample.
Some fans might notice that he shared a shorter clip of this song back in February. More recently, ZB shared a longer clip of him playing and singing “68 Fastback.”
“Budweiser Heavy for the Road” or “Heavy Eyes”
Not long ago, a fan asked Zach Bryan if “Budweiser Heavy for the Road” would be on the new album. In response, he shared this clip. It definitely has that great Oklahoma Red Dirt sound.
Later, someone commented that the song was “fast AF.” Zach Bryan noted that they recorded the new album live so he was swearing while cutting that song.
More Clips from the New Zach Bryan Album
Up until Zach Bryan dropped the tracklist for the new album, we had no idea what these songs were called. Now, we’ve got a pretty good idea. So, we’ve updated the titles. Check ’em out!
Zach Bryan shared this clip of him and a fiddle player in a kitchen picking on “Morning Time” back in February.
“If She Wants a Cowboy”
Zach Bryan was a little worried about putting this song on the new album. In fact, he tweeted that he was afraid his fans would “disown” him for adding a satirical song to American Heartbreak. However, this song that throws some shade at Music City and the current state of country music will likely be a fan favorite. In my opinion, he gets extra points for the Auto-Tune.
“Right Now the Best”
Sometimes, Zach Bryan posts clips from the new album in the middle of the night. This is one of those clips. He dropped it at four in the morning with the caption “tape boys” and left it at that. However, now we know that this is “Right Now the Best.”
Zach Bryan posted this clip a few days before he teased the lead single from the new album. Much like the final “From Austin” teaser, this looks like it was taken from a music video. However, it doesn’t seem to be “Highway Boys” or “Something in the Orange” which are the other two singles he’s announced so far.
“Poems and Closing Time”
Zach Bryan dropped a snippet of a song that’s probably called “Poems and Closing Time” in the wee hours of the morning on March 16th.
I’m Still Not Sure About These Titles
In the early morning hours of March 18th, Zach Bryan shared a couple of new snippets. One, he captioned “Break me down and beat me blue,” but if I had to guess, I’d say the song was called “Sonnets.”
Not long before that, Zach Bryan shared a video of him, a fiddler, and a bassist playing a song that might be called “Calloused.”
In the wee hours of the morning of March 29th, Zach Bryan gave us another taste of something from the new album. As usual, he didn’t say much in the caption. He wrote, “May 20th come on daddy,” and let the song speak for itself.