“Sippin’ on Fire”
Florida Georgia Line
Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, and Cole Taylor
There isn’t much logic in hoping for a successful act to abandon the formula that has gotten them where they are today. Why fix what their fans don’t even care is broken?
Written by Luke Bryan and Ashley Gorley
Luke Bryan’s latest (and apparently final) Spring Break compilation is being promoted with the new single, “Games.” Thematically, it doesn’t connect much to the Spring Break concept, unless you just assume the events in question are taking place at some beach-adjacent house party.
Written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves
If you’re already a fan of Kacey Musgraves, you’ve heard most of this before.
“Biscuits” combines elements of “Follow Your Arrow” and “The Trailer Song”, advocating being yourself and minding your own business. Even the arrangement is a souped-up take on “Arrow”, with more of a beat and quite a few more instrumental flourishes.
“Young & Crazy”
Written by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally
“Young & Crazy” is like a used car that’s been refurbished by a crack team of mechanics. From a distance, it can look brand new, but get a little closer, and you can see it’s been constructed with spare parts.
“For a Boy”
Written by RaeLynn and Laura Veltz
More childlike than childish, there’s a sweetness to RaeLynn that reminds me of a young Taylor Swift. The talent is there but the life experience is still trailing behind.
“Send It On Down”
Lee Ann Womack
Written by Chris Knight and David Leone
The centerpiece of the excellent The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack’s “Send It On Down” is an understated but brilliantly drawn character sketch that is a testament both to Chris Knight’s masterful songwriting and to Womack’s interpretive skill. It’s perhaps the finest single of Womack’s career.
“It Feels Good”
Written by: Derek George, Philip Pence, and Drake White
Its content— what with its talk of layin’ by a riverbank, dippin’ toes in the water, and picking up a carton of smokes— may be all too familiar at this point, but what elevates Drake White’s “It Feels Good” above so many other purely escapist singles it its attention to craft and its casual wit. The lyrical hook is perhaps too simple to stand on its own—and, it’s worth mentioning, resorts to the increasingly common trope of repeating words without adding more meaning— so White and his co-writers make sure that the melody in the chorus is catchy and singalong ready.
Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Jaren Johnston
We’ve reached a point where Billy Currington can release a “Hey girl, let’s get down tonight” anthem and sound like an elder statesman of country music.
“Turn it On”
Eli Young Band
Written by Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Mike Eli, and James Young
“Turn it On” is the title track from Eli Young Band’s upcoming EP. It has a lot of energy, if not a particularly good hook.
Maddie & Tae
Written by Taylor Dye, Maddie Marlow and Aaron Scherz
Maddie & Tae made a big, bold, attention grabbing statement with their breakthrough hit “Girl in a Country Song”, which rocked and twanged all the way to number one while laying bare the problems with country music’s treatment of women under the bro-country regime. Wisely, the two women show an entirely different creative side with their second single, showing that they are not one-trick ponies.