“I Keep Coming Back”
Written by Jim Hurt, Larry Keith, and Johnny Slate
“True Life Country Music”
Written by Sam Lorber, Danny Morrison, and Jeff Silbar
#1 (1 week)
February 7, 1981
Razzy Bailey followed “Loving Up a Storm” with the second of five consecutive 45s to reach No. 1. RCA’s strategy of double-sided singles would be most beneficial for Bailey, even if these 2-sided hits aren’t of the same caliber as those by Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton.
“I Keep Coming Back” is a solid honky tonk weeper, very much in the groove of the piano-driven soul country that Milsap, Mickey Gilley, and Charlie Rich had so much success with. Bailey is a decent enough singer, and he acquits himself nicely on the track, but it does leave you wondering how much better it would’ve been if it had been delivered by one of those A-listers instead.
“True Life Country Music” works better because it’s a midtempo number that doesn’t require nuance from its vocalist. It’s a tidy little history of country music, as Bailey places himself at the scene of various country songs throughout history, like the pawn shop in “Golden Ring” and the poker table in “The Gambler.” Some of the references aren’t consistent with the lyrics that inspired them, but who cares about that? Bailey’s B-list status makes this song a better fit for him than it would be for a more significant artist, as it’s from the perspective of the person who looks up to those legends and wants to follow in their footsteps.
“I Keep Coming Back” gets a B.
“True Life Country Music” gets a B+.
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