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Zach Bryan, one of today’s most popular country singers, teased three new songs on Twitter earlier this week. In true Zach Bryan fashion, he continues his streak of rapid-fire music releasing those songs in a surprise EP this morning (September 22, 2023). This EP is coming only four weeks after his last album.
Zach Bryan’s most recent album debuted at #1, and his duet with Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything,” also went straight to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This meant Bryan dominated both major Billboard charts simultaneously which is a huge accomplishment for Bryan as he just recently started making a name for himself in country music. It seems after that kind of success the singer couldn’t wait any longer to release some more music for us. While it’s not very common to release music this close together, this isn’t the first time Zach has done this. Bryan released his major-label debut album, American Heartbreak, just two months before his Summertime Blues EP. At this point, it’s safe to assume that’s just how Zach Bryan rolls.
Possibly the most exciting thing about this surprise album is that Bryan finally released a song we have been begging for since 2020. “Pain, Sweet, Pain,” was first introduced when Bryan was still in the Navy. The singer posted a video playing a beautiful acoustic version of the song with his Navy buddies. Three years later and “Pain, Sweet, Pain,” is finally out.
The 25-year-old shared a picture from the studio with his dog, Jack, resting on Noah Kahan’s leg on September 14. When Bryan posted that photo, nobody would have dreamed he was working on an EP to release just weeks later. The singer later teased some audio recordings on September 17 of a few songs we had never heard. He shared three different audio files tagging Noah Kahan and Bon Ives in two of those saying, “Come back soon. You have a friend for life.”
Bryan followed the recordings with a post that said, “locked myself in studio all week then went camping for a few days, was restful and filled my soul, love you guys.”
Listen to Bryan sing “Pain, Sweet, Pain” in the video below.