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Twenty Minutes With Country Radio

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Radio has never been my primary way of receiving country music. Growing up in NYC, we had a decent country station in 103.5 WYNY. But 24-hour CMT was better, back in the days when it played everything from the hot new artists to the legends to Canadian imports in roughly equal rotation. By the time that the station folded, I was heading to Nashville and attending college.  By the time I was back to NYC, the internet had replaced the video outlets as my preferred method of discovering new music.

But radio is the way most country fans have discovered new music for generations now. So why not give it another try? Normally, I wouldn’t, but as we began an overnight drive up the east coast, I was growing weary of the easy listening station that was on. Air Supply will do that to you. So I went up to the next station, and the radio displayed that it was a country station.

The sound, however, was virtually identical to the seventies and eighties light rock I’d been listening to already. By the chorus, I was able to discern that what I mistook for a lesser Gordon Lightfoot was actually Zac Brown Band. “Highway 20 Ride” was the song. Not bad, but kind of faceless and generic in that Seventies Gold way.

Things went downhill quickly. The next record was that Steve Holy hit “Brand New Girlfriend”, which sounds just as clever now as it did back then. Interpret that as you will. Then Eric Church sang about a girl who was “Hell on the Heart”, and Lee Brice screamed about some people who chose to “Love Like Crazy.”

Finally, an artist that I liked came on. Tim McGraw. Singing “One two three, like a bird I sing,” the start of his worst post-Everywhere single, “Last Dollar (Fly Away).” Suddenly, a feature that had begun as “An Hour With Country Radio” became “one more bad song and I’m plugging in the iPod.”

Then I heard the gentle intro to Alan Jackson’s “Remember When.” I actually do like country music, I’m reminded. And I can hear this song and more on my iPod. Cutting my losses before Taylor Swift or Danny Gokey surfaced, I said a quiet thank you to Steve Jobs and switched from FM to AUX.

Steve Holy, “Baby, Don’t Go”

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Steve HolyAs heard in Steve Holy’s last real hit, “Brand New Girlfriend”, Holy demonstrates his penchant for hook-y melodies that still border on obnoxiousness. His latest, “Baby, Don’t Go” only manages to up the ante.

Supported by a fast paced, driving production, Holy pleads for his woman not to leave him. His pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears as his performance gets more frenzied and the reasons for staying feel more ridiculous: “Clouds are overhead,/A storm is moving in,/What a bad time to be on the road./It’s a poor idea with the fuel prices high and your gas tank is really low/So baby don’t go, baby don’t go.”

While Holy’s intense performance conveys desperation somewhat appropriately, it also seems frighteningly overwrought, especially for an up-tempo song. Furthermore, the unimaginative repetition of lyrics is unavoidably distracting: “Don’t you walk, walk, walk away/Baby don’t, don’t you leave/Please stay baby come back/You know I want you now/I was wrong baby don’t go/I wanna hold, hold hold you tight/Do whatever it takes make, make it right/Give me a second chance you know I love you so/Baby don’t go.”

“Baby Don’t Go” clearly aims for catchiness, but falls victim to overdone cutesiness instead.

Grade: C

Listen: Steve Holy, “Baby, Don’t Go”

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Steve Holy, “Men Buy the Drinks (Girls Call the Shots)”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Starting a song about the battle of the sexes with Adam, Eve and the apple is so horribly contrived that this song almost lost me from the opening verse.   But Holy’s energy, coupled with the aggressive production, kept me hanging on.    It’s not exactly the second coming of “Men Smart (Women Smarter)”, but it’s a fun and entertaining record.    I could’ve done without the backing chorus singing the “Na Na Na’s” – and I usually love me some “Na Na Na’s” – but overall, this is a pretty good record.

Grade: B

Listen: Men Buy the Drinks (Girls Call the Shots)

Buy: Men Buy the Drinks (Girls Call the Shots)

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