Will Hoge released his new album Small Town Dreams a couple weeks back and we glossed over it without giving much thought. The project was released on a busy week that included Thomas Rhett’s new single and Kristian Bush’s debut album. Fast forward a couple of weeks, mix in some down time, and the result is a review of the project.
This isn’t a new song per se, rather one that’s newly available for download. The Cadillac Three have quietly become one of the most respected young artists in Nashville. Lead singer, Jaren Johnston, is one of the hottest song writers in all of country music having penned tracks like Jake Owen’s “Beachin'” Tim McGraw’s “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” and now this track. They’ve been performing the track live for the better part of the past year, but it’s release to iTunes gives it the potential to be the band’s first mainstream hit. “The South,” despite it’s numerous vocal event nominations, was more of a novelty track to get their name out there, “White Lightning” is different. It’ll make you feel something, make you step back and think about the special person in your life who’s your white lightning.
When Brett Eldredge’s career kicked off then quickly fell flat on it’s face back in 2010, few would have thought he’d be releasing what has the potential to be his fourth straight number one hit. Now with the release of “Lose My Mind” that’s exactly where we stand. Eldredge has developed a unique sound that shines through perfectly here. The chorus is reminscent of Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy” from way back when, but the verses are clearly Brett. There’s added production here, which is a good sign for his upcoming album. His debut, Bring You Back, was as simple as debut albums come and it paid off, but it’s nice to see that Brett and his team aren’t afraid to push the boundaries as he looks to make the leap from rising star into permanent star.
Zac Brown Band already has one mega hit out this year. They’re likely to add another one when “Loving You Easy” impacts country radio next week. The track is similar to “Homegrown” in that it brings ZBB back to it’s early days. It’s more mainstream country rather than the fringe country sound heard on either The Grohl Sessions or Uncaged. Sure the latter went platinum, but it didn’t do nearly as well as their debut album The Foundation. As the band continues to grow in popularity it’s nice to see them returning to the sound that earned them so many fans with the songs “Chicken Fried” and “Whatever It Is.” Expect “Loving You Easy” to rise the charts quickly and become one of the songs of the summer. Take a listen:
Tyler Farr is somewhat of an outlier in country music. His gravelly voice wouldn’t suggest it, but the Missouri native is a classically trained opera singer who spent his senior year of high school singing tenor in Missouri’s All-State chorus. His first single, “Hot Mess,” had virtually no success despite being cowritten by Rhett Akins, while “Redneck Crazy” was almost universally disliked by critics before becoming his breakout hit. All in all it has been an unlikely rise for Farr who today released his sophomore album, Suffer in Peace.