“How to Kiss a Boy”
Written by Barry Dean and Lori McKenna
This song is absolutely gorgeous, and so is LeAnn Rimes’ tender and vulnerable reading of it.
I’m a broken record on this, but I’ll say it again. The best way to close the quality deficit at country radio is for artists to embrace the best songwriters of today – Lori McKenna, Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell – and mainstream their incredible songs. It’s a formula for success that has always worked, as far back as when Patsy Cline and Faron Young were covering Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings was doing a full LP of Billy Joe Shaver tunes.
Full credit to Rimes for seeking out a flawless McKenna song and pairing her incomparable vocal talent with it. A story of first love gone wrong in three acts, “How to Kiss a Boy” captures the innocence so beautifully that even the listener’s innocence is a little bit shattered when deceit rears its ugly head and the kiss of first love becomes a kiss of desperate, unwarranted forgiveness…and then one of goodbye.
Country music, country radio, country powers that be…please rediscover LeAnn Rimes. She’s not who you remember. She’s a fully developed artist now and her voice would elevate the genre if it could only be heard again. Start here.