This week we look at a star-studded edition of the Weekly Single Recap, our look at new country singles for the week of September 5, 2014. Among the list of singles is the comeback single from Garth Brooks and the new Tim McGraw tune. Next, we have the return of Easton Corbin and Josh Turner and Jake Owen's artistic integrity play while newcomers Old Dominion and Jackie Lee arrive on the scene with interesting tunes. Finally, we look at the new tracks from stars Terri Clark, Brad Paisley and Chris Young.
Garth Brooks “People Loving People” (Pearl/RCA/CDX 605)
A social-activism type of song, the song is very catchy and should feel contemporary enough for radio (like that’d matter for his official comeback single).
Josh Turner - “Lay Low” (MCA Nashville)
Taking a page out of the successful playbook of Randy Houser and Joe Nichols, Josh Turner returns with an easily likable (and radio friendly) slice of modern country music.
Jake Owen - “What We Ain’t Got” (RCA Nashville)
This one is too important for Country radio to not be a hit. It’s a masterpiece and proves that Jake Owen’s far more than beaches and bros.
Easton Corbin - “Baby Be My Love Song” (Mercury/CDX 603)
Easton Corbin has one of the best traditional-leaning voices but he’s had a little trouble finding something that resonates with a less traditional sound. This one could very well be the song that returns him to #1.
Jackie Lee “She Does” (Broken Bow Records)
The latest newcomer signed to Broken Bow has the entire package. A strong voice, good looks and strong songs. This one recalls Billy Currington but is instantly relatable.
Brad Paisley - “Perfect Storm” (Arista Records)
The music is interesting with Moog-like organs, cascading percussion and Kings of Leon like ‘whoas’ in the intro before Brad sings about the kind of woman he loves. Radio will eat this up.
Chris Young “Lonely Eyes” (RCA/CDX 603)
One of the best tracks from Chris’ A.M. album finally hits radio. The hit parade should continue for the talented vocalist.
Tim McGraw - “Shotgun Rider” (McGraw Music/Big Machine Records)
Not as immediate as “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” but it still feels like something we’d wanna hear from Tim McGraw.
Terri Clark - “Some Songs” (Bare Track Records)
It’s still confusing how this strong singer/songwriter lost favor with radio. Her music has consistently been good and this one is really, really good.
Old Dominion - “Shut Me Up” (Thirty Tigers/Crescendo)
Sure it has the same title as a recent Lindsay Ell single but they couldn’t be more different songs. This one is so musically charming and interesting lyrically that it deserves any sort of success it can get.