Zach Bryan is making waves with his new album ‘American Heartbreak’

Zach Bryan could be about to drop the biggest country album of 2022 yet.

The 26-year-old Oklahoma native released ‘American Heartbreak’ last week, a sprawling 34-song album from a major label that bowed last Friday as the country’s biggest one-day release. no longer streaming in 2022 on Spotify and Apple Music, respectively.

Bryan’s surge in popularity comes as he emerged from an unlikely DIY success story who has already turned heads with one-take YouTube uploads and recorded songs with his buddies on the Guitar Center equipment in an Airbnb. Now, Bryan plays sold-out shows that draw feverish fans ready to sing along with every syllable of the singer’s trademark songwriting.

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Ranging from demo-like ruminations to full-fledged heart rock anthems, “American Heartbreak” captures an untamed restlessness and blurry-eyed angst that endears Bryan — a former Navy sailor — to a largely young and passionate audience.

On his writing, Bryan told the Tennessean last year“I feel like it’s a songwriter’s job to analyze whatever’s on their mind and tell the world the way they interpreted it. And maybe someone else can interpret it the same way. There’s so much… going on around you all the time that’s so hard to explain. By writing songs, you can make your better and hope people will relate.

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