Rising country artist James Dupré won’t drop his new single “Home And Away” until Friday, (Sept. 25), but he’s giving Country Now readers an early listen one day ahead of its release in this exclusive premiere.
The brand new track finds the Louisiana native doing his best to try to get over a romance that ended right before the start of high school football season. As part of the recovery process, he chooses to skip out on the kickoff game to self-medicate his broken heart with bourbon and ice.
“I’m home / Sipping on bourbon and ice / Wondering where she is tonight / Knowing I’ll never know / It’s a losing game,” Dupré croons with his baritone vocals over a simple drum beat, steel guitar, and violins. “Man, we were on a damn good run / I thought she would always stay / Now I’m home, and she’s away.”
“If you break up in a small town, everyone wants to know your business. It’s especially hard when you can’t go to the high school football home opener because you can’t deal with all the questions and attention,” Dupré told Country Now of the meaning behind “Home And Away.” “Instead, you grab your favorite bottle of bourbon and just stay home.”
“Home And Away,” co-written alongside fellow singer/songwriter Greg Bates follows Dupré’s previous single “You’re Probably Drunk Right Now,” written with Kyle Jacobs.
Dupré has been working on new music after coming off a recent run on The Music of Randy Travis 2019 Tour, which featured Travis on hand at each event. Travis and his wife Mary handpicked Dupré to front the 12-city trek, which had the former NBC’s The Voice contestant performing 16 of Travis’ hits alongside the country legend’s longtime band members.
Fans can keep up with Dupré on Instagram.