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Single Review: Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”

Chris Young I'm Comin' Over

“I’m Comin’ Over”
Chris Young

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.

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Daily Top Five: Tear Jerkers

Lori McKenna LorraineFrom reader Kuzco, today’s Top Five is songs that made you cry.

Here are my Top Five Tear Jerkers:

  1. Lori McKenna, “Still Down Here”
  2. Alan Jackson, “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  3. Collin Raye, “Love, Me”
  4. Reba McEntire, “If I Had Only Known”
  5. Sugarland, “Very Last Country Song”

 

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Single Review: Steven Tyler, “Love is Your Name”

Steven Tyler Love is Your Name

“Love is Your Name”
Steven Tyler”

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?
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Single Review: Chris Janson, “Buy Me a Boat”

Chris Janson Buy Me a Boat

“Buy Me a Boat”
Chris Janson

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.

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Single Review: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

Chris Stapleton Traveller

“Traveller”
Chris Stapleton

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.

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Single Review: Zac Brown Band, “Loving You Easy”

Zac Brown Band Loving You Easy

“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.

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Single Review: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s all Going to Pot”

Willie Nelson Merle Haggard It's all Going to Pot

“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.

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Single Review: Big & Rich, “Run Away With You”

Big & Rich Run Away with You
“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.

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Single Review: Canaan Smith, “Love You Like That”

Canaan smith Love You Like That

“Love You Like That”
Canaan Smith

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?

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Single Review: Josh Dorr, “Save Your Breath”

Josh Dorr Save Your Breath

“Save Your Breath”
Josh Dorr

Written by Josh Dorr and Jason Mizelle

An fairly egregious example of subject-verb disagreement in the start of the chorus distract from the overly bold lyrics being sung by an overly meek vocalist.

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