Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Tunes Tuesday - Randy Houser

Randy has a message for city folks raised on "asphalt farms:" "Let your hair down, hair down / Getcha some this laid-on back / Kick your shoes off, kick 'em off / Getcha some of this slow down fast / I'll take you up and down these hollers and hills / Let me show you how country feels." It's easy to see how this song has reached #1 on the country charts. And that's just the beginning. There are plenty of potential hits on How Country Feels. Every song Randy sings brings you to that place of how country feels.

The album blends contemporary "ready-for-radio" country with stunning rockers. I love the intro and feel to "Growing Younger." Definitely a favorite track! You'll tap along to "Absolutely Nothing" which is a conversational song about... you guessed it; though the chorus is bound to get stuck in your head. And his next single, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," might be my favorite on the album. "Come on baby let me take you on a night ride / Windows down, sittin' on my side / Tick tock now were knocking on midnight / Me and you girl runnin' outta moonlight."

Randy's soulful and powerful voice really shines through on the ballads. "The Singer" is the cautionary tale of a woman who falls in love with the idea of being married to a singer, not the lifestyle. "Power of a Song" describes the emotional connections and memory hooks (oh, those memories...) that all songs, good or bad, have on us. "Along for the Ride" was co-written by Zac Brown and Levi Lowrey. A bluesy song about letting life happen with no worries.

It's a packed album in which he co-wrote seven of the fifteen songs. I highly recommend it for any fan of country music. It combines a down-home southern heart with a powerful rock element. It's a solid album with no hiccups and a few moments that will take your breath away.


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