“That Don’t Sound Like You”
Written by Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, and Ashley Gorley
I really like Lee Brice. He’s got an interesting voice, and his phrasing is always original. It’s like he sneaks up behind his notes and surprises them.
“That Don’t Sound Like You” succeeds purely on Brice’s merits as a vocal stylist. The song itself is iffy.
“I’m Comin’ Over”
Written by Corey Crowder, Josh Hoge, and Chris Young
He’s still got a great voice, and that’s still giving him the confidence to keep the production flourishes in check.
So “I’m Comin’ Over” is identifiably country and not unpleasant to listen to. That’s already enough to be in the upper tier of country radio singles in 2015.
From reader Kuzco, today’s Top Five is songs that made you cry.
Here are my Top Five Tear Jerkers:
- Lori McKenna, “Still Down Here”
- Alan Jackson, “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
- Collin Raye, “Love, Me”
- Reba McEntire, “If I Had Only Known”
- Sugarland, “Very Last Country Song”
“Love is Your Name”
Written by Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay
When word came out that Tyler was releasing a country album, the first thing that came to mind — at least in my mind — was “cash grab.” After all, rock & roll is more endangered than the rhinoceros, and pop has become the playground for young hip-hop and EDM influenced singers. Where else is the 67-year-old frontman of Aerosmith going to get played on the radio?
“Buy Me a Boat”
Written by Chris DuBois and Chris Janson
It’s about time that Eric Church’s sound started showing up on other people’s records.
Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” is lyrically something you would’ve expected from Alan Jackson back in the day. He’d have done it with a goofy smile. Janson does it with the same amount of twang, but it sounds like he’s grimacing instead of grinning.
Written by Chris Stapleton
With all of the lamenting that many of us do regarding mainstream country music, those of us who are practical are aware of the conflict of knowing that the songs that we would choose to be played on radio must at least maintain a balance of quality songwriting and sounding country while still being accessible to a mainstream audience, which is what much of nineties country music did so well.
“Loving You Easy”
Zac Brown Band
Written by Al Anderson, Zac Brown, and Niko Moon
Zac Brown Band’s groove was in danger of becoming a rut, and their new album, Jekyll + Hyde, is their game attempt to expand their sound. You know, mix it up a bit.
I almost feel guilty for faulting them for “Loving You Easy.” They’re really trying to do something new.
“It’s all Going to Pot”
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson, and Larry Shell
Let’s answer all of the burning questions right away.
1. Do these two legends still sound great? Yes.
2. Is it a real duet where they alternate verses and play off of each other? Yes.
“Run Away With You”
Big & Rich
Written by Michael Ray and John Rich
One thing’s for sure about Big & Rich: They’re pros at what they do.
They’ve correctly assessed the general sound and lyrical themes that brought them their biggest radio success, and “Run Away With You” is a competent attempt to recreate what worked.
“Love You Like That”
Written by Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, and Canaan Smith
Do you want to write a love song or do you want to write a lust song?