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Single Review: Dierks Bentley, “Say You Do”

Dierks Bentley Say You Do

“Say You Do”
Dierks Bentley

Written by Shane McAnally, Matt Ramsey, and Trevor Rosen

Dierks Bentley’s at the top of his game right now. “Say You Do” demonstrates why.

It’s subtle, it’s smart, and it’s self-aware. It’s the type of record that only works with some real life experience to back it up.

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Single Review: Randy Houser, “Like a Cowboy”

Randy Houser Like a Cowboy

“Like a Cowboy”
Randy Houser

Written by Randy Houser and Brice Long

It’s hard not to be impressed by Randy Houser’s resilience.    His ability to build an audience with a reasonably country sound, all while switching from the majors to an independent label, is pretty amazing.

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Single Review: Tim McGraw with Catherine Dunn, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”

Tim McGraw Catherine Dunn Diamond Rings and Old Barstools

“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools”
Tim McGraw with Catherine Dunn

Written by Barry Dean, Luke Laird, and Jonathan Singleton

Tim McGraw should be applauded for finally meeting the potential that many of us had hoped for after he left the oppressive Curb Records. His most recent album, particularly his last couple singles, have dialed back the loudness, embraced a more traditional and organic sound, reconnected him with the warm vocals with which he had all but lost, and the last two singles have even presented more thoughtful lyrics than he’d been singing in the last few years.

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Single Review: Jason Aldean, “Just Gettin’ Started”

Jason Aldean Just Gettin Started

“Just Gettin’ Started”
Jason Aldean

Written by Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley

Competently performed.  Creatively stagnant. Completely unnecessary.

Grade: D

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Single Review: Cole Swindell, “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey”

Cole Swindell Ain't Worth the Whiskey

“Ain’t Worth the Whiskey”
Cole Swindell

Written by Josh Martin, Adam Sanders, and Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell makes the case to the lady that burned him that there are a ton of good reasons he might be out drinking tonight.  She’s not one of them.

Doth he protest a bit too much?  Possibly.

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Single Review: Eric Paslay, “She Don’t Love You”

Eric Paslay She Don't Love You (2)

“She Don’t Love You”
Eric Paslay

Written by Eric Paslay and Jennifer Wayne

Any time a new country single invites comparisons to “Life Turned Her That Way”,  you know you’re in for something good.

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Single Review: Lee Brice, “Drinking Class”

Lee Brice Drinking Class

“Drinking Class”
Lee Brice

Written by David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear

I’m always going to prefer a drinking anthem written for people who actually work for a living.    “Drinking Class” is all about going out on Friday night to let off steam after a long work week.

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Single Review: Darius Rucker, “Homegrown Honey”

Darius Rucker Homegrown Honey

“Homegrown Honey”
Darius Rucker

Written by Nathan Chapman, Charles Kelley, and Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker still seems more committed to keeping the country elements present in his country music than all of his contemporaries that didn’t crossover from the nineties rocks scene.   But that commitment is slipping a bit.

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Single Review: Trisha Yearwood, “I Remember You”

Trisha Yearwood I remember You

“I Remember You”
Trisha Yearwood

Written by Kelly Archer, Ben Carver, and Brad Rempel

After the anthemic “Prize Fighter”, Trisha Yearwood softens things with the emotional “I Remember You.” With just an acoustic guitar and simple strings, “I Remember You” is a gorgeous tribute to the memories of someone who has passed from this life to the next.
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Single Review: Thomas Rhett, “Make Me Wanna”

Thomas Rhett Make Me Wanna

“Make Me Wanna”
Thomas Rhett

Written by Bart Butler, Larry McCoy, and Thomas Rhett

“Make Me Wanna” is what country music might have sounded like in the nineties if the new traditionalist movement never happened.

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