Kenny Foster Releases ‘Lonely Land’
Kenny Foster has released his newest single, ‘Lonely Land’ on all streaming platforms. This melancholic, pull-no-punches, ballad invites listeners into the deep and profound isolation of one man’s experience in the hope that giving it a name might help exhaust its seemingly inescapable grip. May this song become a knowing friend to all of us fighting the battles that others know nothing of.
‘Lonely Land’ was co-written with Mando Saenz and produced by Mitch Dane and is the second single released by Foster as part of The Vintage Collection. The first song, ‘Love You Now’ is a duet with fellow emerging star Mae Estes. Foster wrote ‘Love You Now’ with hit songwriter Kirsti Manna (of Blake Shelton’s ‘Austin’) and released it to all streaming platforms in November of 2020.
About Lonely Land, Kenny explained, “Y’all. I’m not gonna lie. Puttin’ on a happy face is getting increasingly more difficult. I know the weight of recent months lies heavy on our collective shoulders, and yet we’re each fighting a distinct battle that’s even more difficult to share as the unintentional run-ins with friends, family, and strangers that can sometimes jolt us into recognizing our place in the world are becoming fewer and farther between. The blessings we do have are harder to see in the monotony of isolation. I don’t know about you, but winter is especially hard for me. I’ve been very lucky in love, but can only imagine how difficult dating, connecting, and sharing space with a relative stranger must feel with layers upon layers of anxiety to contend with in these uncertain times. There’s always been a degree of mystery regarding the future that is common in us humans, but I feel like it’s never been so front of mind.
“In putting together The Vintage Collection, this song kept punching me in the gut when I’d least expect it. I try to find hope in every situation. It’s one of my mantras, even. That’s why this tune never seemed to make a record. I love it. But it’s bleak. It’s stark. It doesn’t have that light at the end. The tunnel continues. And that’s what this period of non-touring and social distancing has felt to me at times.
“But I’ve also learned that to feel an ache completely, is to eradicate it. To stare it head on and call it what it is, serves to bring a certain power over it. By giving it a name, we can start to wrestle with it in earnest. And that’s what this tune serves to do. For most, it could seem dark and depressing. No worries. I feel that. But for the lucky few, it may be exactly what they need in times like these. I don’t need everyone to love it. I don’t expect them to. But for those that do, I hope Mando Saenz and I served this mood well enough for them to feel seen and understood in these moments.”
Kenny has shared the stage with artists including Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Butch Walker, Jim Lauderdale, Marc Broussard and countless others. He was named one of the Top 10 New Artists You Need to Know by Rolling Stone and received press in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and Forbes. He has been featured in two Super Bowl commercials with Sheryl Crow and Danica Patrick, respectively. Kenny appeared in numerous episodes of ABC’s “Nashville” and had songs placed in “Extreme Home Makeover” and “Boston Med.” Later this year, Kenny will be featured in an upcoming documentary to air on the BBC alongside artists like Emmylou Harris, Brandy Clark and Jamey Johnson. Kenny is also honored to be included in the CMA Foundation’s “It Starts with M.E.” National Campaign for Music Education and performed as part of the CMA Songwriter’s Series, alongside songwriting legends Lori McKenna, Marcus Hummon and Lee Thomas Miller, as well as fellow emerging star Tenille Townes. Before touring halted Kenny toured 120,000 miles in 2019, including the highly-acclaimed C2C Festival in London, the launch of C2C Berlin and at the famed Melkweg venue in Amsterdam as support for Hunter Hayes. Kenny headlined an Armed Forces tour to Asia, performing at bases in Guam, Singapore and Diego Garcia, rounding out the year by performing in 13 countries.