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WATCH: Koe Wetzel's Album Announcement Comes With A Side Of Comedy

In the dynamic world of country music, where tradition meets innovation, few names evoke as much excitement and intrigue as Koe Wetzel.

Koe Wetzel | Photo Credit: Jody Domingue

With a reputation as a fearless live performer, a boundary-pushing genre-blender, and an unapologetically authentic personality, Wetzel has captured the hearts of fans across the country. Now, as he prepares to release his highly anticipated album, "9 Lives," due out July 19th the stage is set for a deeper exploration of the man behind the music.

For nearly a decade, Koe Wetzel has been carving out his own niche in the country music landscape. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of musical influences, including rock, hip-hop, and grunge, Wetzel's sound defies categorization. His willingness to experiment with different styles and push the boundaries of traditional country music has earned him a dedicated following of fans who appreciate his bold approach.

With "9 Lives," Wetzel is poised to showcase his evolution as both a songwriter and an artist. Produced by the talented Gabe Simon, known for his work with artists like Noah Kahan, the album features a lineup of trusted collaborators who have helped bring Wetzel's vision to life. From emotional ballads to infectious singalongs, each track on the album offers a glimpse into the many facets of Wetzel's personality and musical talent.

Lead single "Damn Near Normal" sets the tone for the album, with Wetzel offering a candid reflection on his life's journey, infused with his trademark humor and wit. Meanwhile, the title track, "9 Lives (Black Cat)," delivers a powerful declaration of resilience and defiance, underscored by an ominous piano intro that gives way to an electrifying chorus.

Perhaps the most compelling aspect of "9 Lives" is its ability to reveal the depth and complexity of Wetzel as an artist. Tracks like "Sweet Dreams" and "Hatchet" showcase his ability to convey raw emotion and vulnerability, while songs like "Casamigos" and "Reconsider" highlight his talent for crafting catchy, crowd-pleasing anthems.

In addition to the music itself, Wetzel has also offered fans a unique glimpse into the making of "9 Lives" with a special trailer that showcases his comedic acting skills and magnetic charisma. Through this behind-the-scenes footage, fans have been able to see the creative process behind the album and get to know the man behind the music on a more personal level.

On a fun note, fans can also take a quiz to discover which Koe character is most like them, HERE.

9 Lives Cover Art | Photo by John Park / Design by Dalton Latham, Courtesy of Columbia Records

As the release date for "9 Lives" approaches, anticipation is building among fans eager to hear what Wetzel has in store. With its eclectic mix of styles and its honest, unfiltered lyrics, the album promises to be a defining moment in Wetzel's career, solidifying his reputation as one of country music's most exciting and innovative artists.

So mark your calendars and get ready to experience the next chapter in the saga of Koe Wetzel. With "9 Lives," the friendly bad ass of country music is back, and he's ready to show the world what he's made of.

9 Lives Track List:

(songwriters in parentheses)

  1. "Continued" Skit

  2. “9 Lives (Black Cat)” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon)

  3. “Casamigos” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Sam Harris, Ben Burgess, Gabe Simon)

  4. “Damn Near Normal” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon, Carrie Karpinen, Sam Harris)

  5. “Leigh” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon)

  6. “Twister” (Ropyr Wetzel, Steve Rusch, Ben Burgess, Josh Serrato)

  7. “High Road” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Gabe Simon, Carrie Karpinen)

  8. “Reconsider” (Charles John Brocco, Keith Quenton Gattis)

  9. “Hatchet” (Gabe Simon, Mike Coogan)

  10. “Sweet Dreams” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Josh Serrato, Gabe Simon, Sam Harris)

  11. “Runnin’ Low” (Ropyr Wetzel, Amy Allen, Sam Harris, Gabe Simon, Ben Burgess)

  12. “Bar Song” (Blake “Shy” Carter, Breyan Isaac, Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, Dave Gibson)

  13. “Last Outlaw Alive” (Josh Serrato, Ben Burgess, Sam Harris) 


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