Troubador is light on radio-friendly material, and MCA leaves the Patty Loveless duet (“House of Cash”) and the Jamey Johnson co-write (“House with No Doors”) on the shelf in favor of this fun, yet frivolous song.
The sound of the steel guitar solo gives this song a nice boost, but it’s window dressing to a disappointing lyric. The narrator implores his potential lover to give in to his “stream of kisses ten miles long,” and his persuasion involves the serenade of his sweet voice and the strumming of a ukelele. Strait sells silly quite well, but this is beyond his reach.
Written by Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp and Dennis Morgan
Listen: River of Love
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