Fast-rising Smoklahoma Records Country act Southall capture the burden of a band on-the-run in “When You’re Around,” offering a look inside a conflicted heart with a brand-new track. 

Out today (8/25) as the third release from their upcoming self-titled album, the track was written solely by Southall’s Reid Barber– a freewheeling garage rocker with a distinctive Southern charm, and a tender message of romantic longing.

Produced by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Cody Jinks) and with frontman Read Southall’s vocal at its most sincere, he sings of traveling the world and spending long months away, searching for purpose over a relentless Country-punk beat. But with muddy guitar tones and a warm, lost-in-love chorus, he comes to find what he’s looking for at home … knowing all too well he won’t be staying long. It’s a struggle all musicians deal with eventually, and the well-traveled Southall are no exception. 

Barber explains, “’When You’re Around’ playfully wrestles with the joys of life on the road and the difficulties that come with being away from home and the ones we love.” 


“When You’re Around” follows the July release of “By Surprise” and June’s “Scared Money,” as anticipation builds around the emerging group. Boasting 415 MILLION total streams and 1.29 MILLION cumulative monthly listeners, Southall is aiming for an era of rebellious swagger. 

Formerly known as Read Southall Band, the GOLD-certified group (“Why”) has two full length albums behind them and has spent the last few years building a rabid grassroots following on the road. After touring the U.K. and Europe with Blackberry Smoke in early 2023, they’ve spent much of this year winning over crowds with Whiskey Myers, Chase Rice, and are now in the thick of an epic breakout.

The six-piece group will kick off the SOUTHALL WORLD TOUR on September 15 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, embarking on a 43-date trek across the U.S. and Europe which culminates in London, U.K., on February 23. For a full list of tour dates and tickets, visit here. Meanwhile, more new music will continue to roll out as the band heads toward their self-titled studio album, SOUTHALL, set for release on September 22. Pre-save the album here




Founding member Read Southall hails from Oklahoma and is joined in the six-piece band by Reid Barber, Jeremee Knipp, Braxton Curliss, John Tyler Perry and Ryan Wellman. Southall's musical influences range from Country to Rock to Metal and more in between, making for a wholly original sound reminiscent of "being in the crowd at a young Merle Haggard show," according to The Anniston Star. The guitar-driven band never loses focus on meaningful lyrics, penning tunes that speak to every aspect of life and help drive a Rock and Roll experience for their audience, whether they're listening at home or at a packed show. Southall's latest album, 2021’s FOR THE BIRDS, features the epic six-minute long single "Where We Belong" and “impressive standout” (Raised Rowdy) “Rose Gold” and follows their 2017 album BORROWED TIME, which includes their RIAA GOLD-certified single "Why." Full of ‘70s Soul, Country-inspired lyricism and Rock and Roll heart, Southall’s music draws packed crowds and evokes old-school Country and early Grunge all at once. The band has tallied over 415 MILLION total streams and over 1.29 MILLION cumulative monthly listeners. With new music on the way and a passion for the road, Southall is just getting started.