July 12, 2023



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Dirt Roads Downtown EP Cover | Courtesy of Local Hay / Big Loud Records | Download Here

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Local Hay / Big Loud Records singer-songwriter Shawn Austin is back with four summer ready hits today, sending fans down the road with the perfect soundtrack for cruising Dirt Roads Downtown, out now.

The collection of new tracks bolsters the Canadian standout’s status as one of country’s fastest-rising new voices. Available on all streaming platforms today, the vocal-driven tracks are a culmination of Austin’s biggest year yet, laying an exciting foundation for his full-length release due later this year.

Produced by Scott Cooke, Dirt Roads Downtown finds Austin more honest and authentic than ever. Blending his signature heartfelt lyrics with pop-driven production, tracks “Missin’ You” and “Lonely With Me” come to life, compliments of the his distinctive, husky vocal grit. Easy-breezy, soon-to-be summer hit “Settle For A Drink” reveals pieces of the inspiration Austin found on the road over the last 12 months.

“This past year has been the most exciting ride of my career and it’s wild to know it’s just the beginning,” said Austin. “I am so proud of this new collection of songs and can’t wait for fans to hear them. This is the start of our next chapter. I guess it’s fair to say we’re off to the races!”


1. “Missin’ You” (Adam Craig, John Pierce, Chris Utley)
2. “Lonely With Me” (Will Bundy, Rodney Clawson, Matt Roy)
3. “Settle For A Drink” (Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Morgan Wallen)
4. “Dirt Roads Downtown” (Will Bundy, Josh Thompson, Brett Tyler)
**All songs produced by Scott Cooke

Austin recently completed a run touring his native Canada as support for reigning, six-time ACM Group of the YearOld Dominion, and will make his Ranchman’s headlining debut during the Calgary Stampede today.


With 30 million global streams to date, Vancouver singer-songwriter Shawn Austin has worked tirelessly to cement his place in the Canadian country music landscape. The nominee for CCMA’s Single of the Year (2022) and Rising Star Award (2021/2019) made a splash as a finalist on NBC’s Songland, putting his skills on full display. Paired with a distinct vocal talent that has been compared to the likes of country superstar Brett Eldredge and GRAMMY-winning icon John Mayer, Austin launched a new chapter of his career signing a global label deal with Local Hay / Big Loud Records in 2021. Releasing his RIAA gold-certified smash “Tailgate To Heaven (feat. Chris Lane),” he climbed the chart at Canadian country radio with the Top 5 hit single and continued to build momentum with the release of his EP Planes Don’t Wait last yearNowAustin returns with his next collection of summer ready hits inspired by his time on the road, Dirt Roads Downtown, an exciting foundation for his full-length release due later this year. Recently wrapping a run touring his native Canada as support for Old Dominionhe will continue his touring streak with shows this summer including his Ranchman’s headlining debut during the Calgary Stampede.



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