Single reviews

Capitol Nashville

Single Review: ‘Sober’ – Little Big Town

September 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Songwriters: Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna Little Big Town is finishing out the successful Tornado album era with the midtempo ‘Sober.’ The song draws the oft-used comparison of love as intoxication, but befitting the songwriting talent of Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, manages to say it in […]

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Sony

Single Review: ‘Days of Gold’ – Jake Owen

September 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Songwriters: Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason Jake Owen is kicking off a new era with ‘Days of Gold,’ the title track of his upcoming album, due out December 3. And oh my, does it bode well for this new project! Owen found the song on the 2012 debut album of Nashville […]

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Show Dog/Universal

Single Review: ‘Oh Juliet’ – Joel Crouse

September 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Joel Crouse recently released the follow-up to his debut single ‘If You Want Some’, titled ‘Oh Juliet’. When I first heard the song title, I expected another ‘Love Story’ only from the guys perspective, rather than the girls, and in a since, that is what we get, but with a […]

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Atlantic Records

Single Review: ‘Beat of the Music’ – Brett Eldredge

September 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Songwriters: Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan Due to industry machinations, Brett Eldredge was kept waiting in the wings for a long time as he endured the delay of the release of his debut album, Bring You Back. Previous single, ‘Don’t Ya,’ needed more than forty weeks but eventually reached […]

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Sony Music

Single Review: ‘Slow Me Down’ – Sara Evans

September 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Songwriters: Marv Green, Heather Morgan, Jimmy Robbins Sara Evans is finishing up hew new album and first single, ‘Slow Me Down,’ is at radio now. Accompanied by sonic accents created by plucked strings, Evans lays it out right from the start – “don’t wanna leave but I might this time, […]

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Curb

Single Review: ‘Doin’ It Right’ – Rodney Atkins

September 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Rodney Atkins kicks off a new album era with new single, ‘Doin’ It Right,’ the first offering from his upcoming album. The guitar melody intro followed by drums and a riff will sound very familiar, as this song starts off in similar fashion to many Atkins hits. Also returning is […]

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Republic Nashville

Single Review: ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ – The Band Perry

September 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

Songwriters: Sarah Buxton, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ is the third single from The Band Perry’s sophomore Republic Nashville album, Pioneer. While the first two singles, ‘Better Dig Two’ and ‘Done,’ have a rough, darker sound, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely’ is truly just nothing special. […]

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Capitol

Single Review: ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ – Luke Bryan

August 27, 2013 at 8:30 am

Songwriters: Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley Under normal circumstances, I like it when artists exceed my expectations. I honestly didn’t think Luke Bryan would ever release something worse than ‘Country Girl (Shake it for Me),’ a song I unapologetically refer to as “a sexist piece of trash.” With new […]

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Curb

Single Review: ‘Love Is War’ – American Young

August 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Songwriters: Billy Montana, Kylie Sackley, Jonathan Singleton Nashville’s newest country duo isn’t so new. Comprised of singer-songwriter Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson, formerly the fiddle-playing half of Bomshel, Curb’s new duo American Young has a headstart over their contemporaries. Being able to draw on combined years of experience and having […]

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Black River

Single Review: ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ – Kellie Pickler

August 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Songwriters: Kyle Jacobs, Tammi Lynn Kidd, Fred Wilhelm After a disappointing radio run for the extremely excellent ballad ‘Someone Somewhere Tonight,’ Kellie Pickler sends the uptempo ‘Little Bit Gypsy’ to country radio. Supported by upbeat finger-snap percussion she explains to her paramour that she’s not exactly the white-picket-fence type. It […]

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