The Weekly Single Recap: May 23, 2014

This week's quick-hit review list features a mixture of songs from stars like Dolly Parton and Eric Church to newcomers like Craig Morrison and Johnny Orr Band.

This week is a nice mixture of stars and newcomers featured in our latest installment of the weekly single recap, our quick-hit look at the week's newest singles sent to radio.

Brantley Gilbert (W/Justin Moore & Thomas Rhett) - "Small Town Throwdown"

The second single from Just As I Am, "Small Town Throwdown" is sure to ignight the passions of all three artists as Small Town Throwdown is what fans have come to expect from Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore but it also takes a different approach to the small town dirt road weekend kegger parties. If you’re gonna sing about a well-worn topic, might as well do it with lyrics that are different than the typical ‘bro’ fare.

Dolly Parton - “Home” 

Dolly proves she can be as contemporary as any of the younger artists out there with this banjo and loop-filled story song about the need to get back to your roots, the hometown and small-town must of us in America come from. 

Craig Morrison - “Phone Call (Boom Boom)”

The Aussie import showcases a massive vocal talent with his lead single from his next project. The song, which he co-wrote, finds Morrison singing a story that is familiar but the melody and vocal are fresh and unique as he passionately ponders a relationship’s status. This has all the ability in the world to be Craig Morrison’s breakout hit.

Lady Antebellum - “Bartender” 

The trio’s back with an interesting song. One that should work really well on Radio. This is the kind of Lady Antebellum fans have been waiting for. 

Sweetwater Rain - “Tailspin”

Another talented vocal trio, Sweetwater Rain has continually impressed us with their great harmonies and strong song selection. Perhaps the retrocool “Tailspin” will be their breakout hit too. 

Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood “Something Bad” 

This isn’t even an official radio single yet but it will be. It’s just a matter of time. It’s too fun not to be all over the summer’s radio playlist. 

Eric Church “Cold One” (CDX 595)

The melody here is unique and so is the lyrics and by gosh if it doesn’t have a cool chicken pickin’ guitar breakdown in the middle of the song (to go with those cool electric guitars that Jay Joyce brings to the party through the rest of the record. 

Blackhawk - “Brothers Of The Southland” (CDX 595)

The 90 icons are now signed to Loud and Proud Reocords and resurrect this fantastic track from a few years ago and showcase they still have the harmony goods. With the potential new radio format for stars like Blackhawk, they may just have a hit on their hands here.

Mitch Goudy - “Ain’t My Fault” (CDX 595)

There’s talent here. The production and fiddle are nice but the lyrics of the song might mean it’ll be a hard road to hoe for the newcomer if he’s going to stand out.

Johnny Orr Band - “Down South” (CDX 594)

This band has oodles of talent and Orr has a songwriting skill that rivals the Zac Brown Band. “Down South” is a song that sounds as good as anything else we’ve heard coming from Indie country artists so if given a true chance, they have the ability to be big stars.