With Gravity Bobby Chitwood announces his arrival on the national Country Music scene. After years of dues paying in the honky-tonk circuit, Bobby has culled together eleven tracks on Gravity, including lead single "I Won't Give Up" [LISTEN HERE] If that song's title sounds familiar, it should as it's a cover of the Platinum Top 10 hit from Jason Mraz. The song always felt ready for a cover and Chitwood's take on the track mixes it into a Country track with ease and Bobby's vocals deliver all the emotion the romantic 'stand by your lover' ballad requires.
As for the rest of the record it settles into a nice collection of Country Music that's modern without falling into the "me too" trap many artists like Bobby try to do. Instead, he offers a nicely balanced mix of mid tempos like "The Way You Drive Me Cray" and "Faithfully" and concert ready up tempos like "Centerline." Vocally Chitwood has a pliable baritone voice that can hit tenor and bass notes when needed. The title track "Gravity" is one of the album's best songs and with personal lyrics and and a "Starting With Me"-like melody and delivery from Chitwood. "How Things Are" is one of Chitwood's self-penned tunes and should appeal to fans of Waylon or Hank Jr.'s self-reliance anthems.
With a strong voice and the ability to connect to the songs he writes, Bobby Chitwood is ready for the next step, moving from the Western Honky Tonk circuit to national stages and charts. Gravity is a strong first step and I look forward to hearing what he comes up with next.