Neal McCoy

The Best Singles of 1994, Part 2: #30-#21

December 9, 2014 // 7 Comments

The list continues with big hits from Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, along with should’ve been hits from Carlene Carter and Merle Haggard. #30 “Daddy Never was the Cadillac Kind” Confederate Railroad Written by Dave Gibson and Bernie Nelson KJC #10 | JK #22 | SG #39 Confederate Railroad made it big by balancing party anthems with thoughtful songs about growing up in the south.  This was their best “growing up” song, a thoughtful tribute from a son to his late father.  As tends to happen, the lessons taught to us in our youth aren’t fully appreciated or understood until it’s too late to truly say “thank you.”  – Kevin John Coyne

Single Review: American Young, “Love is War”

September 8, 2013 // 8 Comments

American Young Love is WarThere’s a country radio station in NYC proper for the first time in nearly twenty years. The last one went off the air before I was old enough to drive, so when I found out it existed, I immediately checked it out.

Then I immediately checked out. It’s not listenable to me. It’s playing all of today’s hits and those from the past couple of years, and sometimes a song that I like will come on, but it’s always sandwiched between filler that hurts my ears.

The Worst Singles of the Decade, Part 4: #20-#11

October 31, 2009 // 60 Comments

homer_the_screamTime’s running short. If your personal least favorite wasn’t in Part 1, Part 2 , or Part 3, perhaps it will turn up now.

The Worst Singles of the Decade, Part 4: #20-#11

The Lost Trailers, “Holler Back”

If your response to hearing “Holler Back” is to brag that you’ve got a holler back in the woods, I suggest that you and your music stay there.

Trailer Choir, “Rockin’ the Beer Gut”

I appreciate the sincerity, but it can’t overcome the fact that he’s rockin’ the Autotune and singin’ the most ridiculous lyric of the year.

Bucky Covington, “A Different World”

Bucky and I are roughly the same age, and I know for a fact that we grew up with seat belts, video games, and remote controls. What’s next, Taylor Swift singing about growing up without the internet?

Neal McCoy, The Very Best of Neal McCoy

November 28, 2008 // 7 Comments

Neal McCoy The Very Best of Neal McCoy Country music’s modern golden age was the nineties.   The artistry was compelling, while the sales numbers were staggering.    There was so much great music from so many artists, both old and new, that it’s easy to forget the undercurrent of mediocrity that lurked below this sea of excellence. The Very Best of Neal McCoy is a reminder.  While even stalwarts like Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless were guilty of the occasional radio filler, McCoy’s entire catalog was just that: radio filler.    While a twenty-track hits collection is generous by any measure, the songs here are so generically constructed and  paint-by-number produced that they blend into each other.   As pleasant elevator music, “For a Change” and “That Woman of Mine” get the job done, but they’re certainly not interesting enough to hold your attention for very long. Indeed, on those rare Read More

Neal McCoy, “Rednecktified”

April 6, 2008 // 2 Comments

The challenge of releasing a song that connects to one specific demographic is that it must possess something that is strong enough to redeem it so that people outside of the chosen demographic can embrace it as well. Unfortunately for Neal McCoy, this new song that will be included on his upcoming Greatest Hits collection does not rise to the challenge. Instead, it simply sounds like another oft sung about version of the same old “I’m proud to be a redneck” anthem. In this mid-tempo song, McCoy lists off all the reasons that he is “rednecktified” and proud of it. There are a few amusing lines, but the lyrics and the bland production does not successfully set the song apart from other such anthems. Written by Neal McCoy and Eric Silver Grade: C Listen: Rednecktified