This week we have a list of all-killer, no filler pieces to discuss including the latest from George Strait, Zac Brown Band, Brett Eldredge, Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves, and Kid Rock.
Zac Brown Band “Loving You Easy” (Southern Ground/Varvatos/Republic/BMLG)
Jay Joyce opens up his bag of tricks and delivers a fresh unique production to match Zac Brown’s impressive vocal runs in places. Lyrics may be “simple” but “simple” has always worked for Zac Brown Band.
Brett Eldredge - “Lose My Mind” (Atlantic)
The trend for 2:30 songs is officially on as “Lose My Mind” makes it readily apparent that artists are following their muse to make songs with broad influences that remain country elements. Eldridge sounds engaging.
Jackie Lee “Headphones” (Broken Bow)
Every new artist is having a tough time at the moment but it seems that Jackie Lee is one everyone thinks will breakout. I don’t know if “Headphones” will be the song to do it because it’s a bit underwhelming but maybe it will grow on radio like it has me.
Sam Hunt “House Party” (MCA Nashville)
Sam Hunt is on fire and nothing's gonna stop this train from hitting #1 and selling Gold with Platinum a strong possibility too.
Blake Shelton “Sangria” (Warner Bros)
The third single off of Bringing Back The Sunshine, “Sangria” is another winner from Blake Shelton. Written by top writers Josh Osborne, J.T. Harding and Trevor Rosen (who is in Old Dominion), this song may be the moodiest melody Blake’s released in ages.
Kacey Musgraves “Biscuits” (Mercury Nashville)
It’s Kacey Musgraves releasing a song that really suits what she does while not having “offensive” lyrics that have halted some of her ‘edgier’ songs from becoming mainstream country hits. In many was, this is a mainstream country take on “Follow Your Arrow” and I’m fine with that.
Brothers Osborne “Stay A Little Longer” (EMI Nashville)
Freshly produced by Jay Joyce, “Stay A Little Longer” is easily the best song Brothers Osborne has released. They nicely blend rhythms and sounds of traditional pop/rock with lyrics that are easily country. TJ’s vocals are stellar while John’s guitar playing is also a delight. If “Stay A Little Longer” isn’t their breakout single that gives the duo a chance to release their first album, well, I don’t think anything else will do the trick.
George Strait “Let It Go” (MCA Nashville)
The king is back. Good lord almighty, the King is back! All kidding aside, “Let It Go” has a retro-cool melody to it. It feels a bit beachy but also feels like it could’ve easily been a hit in multiple decades. A.K.A. “Let It Go” is timeless (and shouldn’t be confused with the Disney song of the same name).
Kid Rock “First Kiss” (Warner Bros./Top Dog)
It’s a really good song with a familiar feel and melody. So familiar that the theme and melody remind me of Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” single. Everything that’s old is new again and, in the case of this one, a gigantic hit.