Country Music Reviews


Fired Up (Randy Houser) Randy Houser is getting everyone 'Fired Up' with new project releasing everywhere tomorrow. Houser took the No. 1 spot with "We Went" and showcases his amazing vocal ability in "Chasing Down a Good Time," while delivering a catchy musical anthem. The tracks "Little Bit Older" & "Song Number 7" give the album down home country songs, proving Houser is a true country singer.

The singer succeeds in creating a very different stand-out album with tunes such as the power ballad "True," and the slow burner tune "Yesterday's Whiskey."


The Driver (Charles Kelley) Although Charles Kelley is mostly known for being 1/3 of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning Lady Antebellum, he has stepped out on his own during the band’s hiatus to make a nine-track solo album entitled The Driver after the widely popular single. After being recorded over the past year in a make-shop studio attached to producer Paul Worley’s office, The Driver is set to release on February 6th with Capitol Records, a release many fans have been anxiously anticipating as a chance to hear Kelley’s gruff vocals ring out alone on songs like the title track “The Driver” and a cover of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents.” Kelley co-wrote four of the nine tracks with hitmakers such as Chris Stapleton, Nathan Chapman, and Kelley’s own brother, Josh Kelley and the album tracks feature star-studded guest vocals by Dierks Bentley, Brad Paslay, Stevie Nicks, and Miranda Lambert.


Remington (Granger Smith) Granger Smith also known as Earl Dibbles Jr. has just released his debut album with Wheelhouse Records and the Broken Bow family, “Remington”. Smith has taken the Country genre by storm with his latest single “Backroad Song” hitting #1 on the Billboard Country chart. Throughout the album several tracks will resonate with country fans, from “Tailgate Town” talking about a small town in Texas in the middle of nowhere to the best track on the album “Tractor”, a nod to his late father who taught Granger all about life, and how to be a man. Taste of Country says it best, “He’s not a singer that’s going to blow the straps off a pair of overalls, but he is a skilled storyteller. On Remington he proves it again and again.”

A Granger Smith album isn’t complete without an Earl Dibbles Jr appearance. Smith includes three songs on Remington by his alter ego, “Country Boy Love”, “City Boy Stuck”, and “Merica”. Our favorite track from Earl Dibbles Jr. has to be “Merica” as the chorus goes “back to back undefeated world war champs/so take a cup raise it up for my Uncle Sam/ you know we sent a man to the moon and before were done/ yeah we’ll probably send a man to the sun/ Merica.”


Down to My Last Habit (Vince Gill) Vince Gill has 18 studio albums, has sold 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys, and earned 18 CMA Awards, but his first solo album with MCA, Down to My Last Habit, is his best in years. Available February 12th, this album has 12 tracks that Gill wrote or co-wrote over the past two years. The Oklahoma native proclaims his love for the “the diversity of these songs.

Some of them are brand new, and some of them have a lot of years on them.” Gill wanted this album to be a return to his favorite theme, love in all its incarnations, and that means a tinge of melancholy – which he notes is the best vibe for emotional and authentic music.

Gill is nothing if not successful at this feat, making the album fit into mainstream popularity while still keeping a “1958 country” feel to it. There is the enjoyment of love in “Me and My Girl,” passionate love in songs like “Take Me Down,” and love lost in “I Can’t Do This.” With collaborators like Ashley Monroe and Leslie Satcher, and features from Cam on “I’ll Be Waiting For You,” this album is sure to blow fans away, or at the very least, make them weep reflectively at life’s many forms of love. The songs have Gill’s classic, note-perfect guitar paired with his soulful, R&B styled voice to make the ideal blend for a twangy, emotional journey for his listeners to take. This album will appeal to old and new fans, especially those who appreciate an artist’s soul infused into the songs.


Walkin A Wire (Pete Scobell)
Pete Scobell debuted his full album last September; the Navy SEAL turned country artist compiled 12 tunes written by Nashville's heavy hitters including Dierks Bentley, David Lee Murphy, Travis Meadows and more. Produced by Wynonna's husband, Cactus Moser, the project showcases Scobell's natural country vocals to give the best delivery of each track on the project. The performer was taken under Wynonna and Cactus Moser's guidance and was given a chance to tour with them on the road.

Each tune Scobell chose for the project was part of a bigger picture including "Wild" and "There's Gotta Be a God." Scobell stated, "That song is kind of a revelation, at least for me." His tune and album titled track, "Walkin a Wire," was written by Dierks Bentley, David Lee Murphy and Ross Copperman, and the song gave a different meaning to Scobell, since leaving the military. "It seems like you're always walking a wire. Especially if you're going nuts," Scobell says.

There are other fun tracks on the project such as "Dive Bar," and "Friends with Money," which is a feel good song with lyrics "I got God/I got church/I got gun if that don't work/I got a girl who thinks my jokes are funny."

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