Alt-country outfit The Shootouts join forces with Marty Stuart on their infectious, honky-tonk ready new collaboration "Better Things to Do."

The 2022 Ameripolitan Music Award-nominated band supply a gritty kiss-off to a love gone wrong with their latest single. Alongside Brian Poston's captivating, rapid-fire electric guitar riffs, Stuart elevates the track with his contributions on mandolin, adding a few dashes of musical magic that only a Country Music Hall of Fame-level talent could supply.

"When my heart don't hurt no more, and you come knockin' on my door / Tempting me to get back in the race / I'll get up on my feet again and leave you like you left me / Then you'll see how it feels from second place," lead vocalist Ryan Humbert defiantly proclaims.

"Better Things to Do" will be featured on the Ohio-based group's upcoming album, Stampede, set for release on Feb. 24, 2023. The project unexpectedly came together after Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson personally reached out to share his interest in producing the group's next record. They quickly headed into the studio together to craft a new batch of music, including their new track "One Step Forward" which features appearances from Benson and his Asleep at the Wheel bandmates.

"Working with Ray, Sam [Seifert], and the fine folks in Asleep at the Wheel has really been a dream come true," Humbert notes. "It's been a masterclass, and we couldn't be more thankful for their time, talent, and attention to detail."

Stampede features a treasure trove of all-star collaborations, including guest appearances from The Mavericks' Raúl Malo, Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller.

Ahead of the record's release, The Shootouts are hitting the road for a lengthy headlining tour beginning on Oct. 25. Additional tour dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can find additional information and ticketing options at The Shootouts' official website.

The Shootouts' 2022 Tour Dates:

Oct. 25 – Arlington Heights, Ill. @ Hey Nonny
Oct. 26 – Goshen, Ind. @ Goshen Brew
Oct. 27 – Nashville, Ind. @ Brown County Playhouse *
Oct. 28 – Shipshewana, Ind. @ Blue Gate Music Hall *
Oct. 29 – Joliet, Ill. @ Chicago Street Pub
Oct. 30 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Tip Top Deluxe
Dec. 1 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Duke’s Indy
Dec. 2 – Defiance, Ohio @ Defiance Community Cultural Center

* w/ Asleep at the Wheel

5 Songs You Didn't Know Brad Paisley Wrote

Since the release of his hit 1999 debut record, Who Needs PicturesBrad Paisley has become one of the most acclaimed artists in modern country music. As a solo artist, he's taken 20 songs to the top of the country charts, won multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards, and collaborated with some of music's most legendary acts.

Aside from being one of the genre's most celebrated vocalists and guitarists, Paisley has proved his skills as a talented songwriter. His musical career began to skyrocket after the West Virginia native attended Nashville's Belmont University, where he studied business with a focus on the music industry. His hard work paid off, earning him a publishing deal just a few weeks after he graduated from college.

Paisley didn't take long to prove his chops as a writer. After a few of his songs were cut by country artists and became hits on country radio, his talents caught the attention of a few important industry leaders who quickly signed him to his own label deal — and the rest, as they say, is history.

Over the years, Paisley has continued to pen country songs that run the gamut of human emotion, from lighthearted looks at modern life to moving love songs. Tracks like "Two People Fell in Love," "Celebrity, "Letter to Me" and "Ticks" show the creative range that has caused artists to jump at the chance to make these Paisley compositions their own.

Let's look at five stellar country songs written by Brad Paisley and recorded by other country artists.

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