These 10 singles are either brand new to country radio now or in a couple weeks or are already out there through indie channels or on Texas Music radio stations.
Read on to see Chuck Dauphin’s thoughts on this week’s batch of new singles.
Ryan Broshear – “I Don’t Mind” (Painted Horse Records)
Strong vocal approach from an artist that stands as one of 2013’s top names to watch. He is not afraid to show his vulnerability, which is a plus.
Chris Janson – “Better I Don’t” (Bigger Picture)
A rollicking, good time party song that should inspire some to turn up the volume, and some to get out on the dance floor.
Eric Church – “Like Jesus Does” (EMI Nashville)
Eric Church has proved his capability at picking songs that are not only hits – but different enough to stand him apart from the pack. This weathered ballad is another such performance.
Tim McGraw & Colt Ford – “Twisted” (Curb Records)
McGraw hits some nice notes in the background and in the chorus here, but I don’t think this is going to give his current single on Big Machine much competition. Still, it’s a nice performance about life’s ups and downs
Aaron Lewis – “Forever” (Blaster)
Lewis shows an incredible amount of range here. Forget his rockin’ roots, this guy is Country – with a capital “C.”
Randy Houser – “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” (Stoney Creek Records)
Quite possibly, Randy Houser is one of Music City’s most underrated voices. Here, he gets to show a different side than what we’ve seen – on a performance that qualifies as his most romantic yet!
Listen to “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” soon
Joe Bachman – “Small Town Rock Stars” (Independent)
A nice beat, great instrumentation, and a vocal that is more than anything else – fun. Not a major statement to be made, just three minutes about being the big fish in a small pond!
Aaron Watson – “Lips” (HTK Records/Thirty Tigers)
The guitars, the fiddle, and the vocals are as wide open as the Texas sky. His vocal is a little understated, but when describing his emotions about the love of his life here, it all works – and works well!
Listen to “Lips” soon
Jake Owen – “Anywhere With You” (RCA Nashville)
Jake Owen has been on a hot streak with his current album, and there’s no reason to believe that this single will derail his progress. It’s a performance that is ready to hit the airwaves. The chorus is particularly hooky!
Jason Cassidy – “Blame It On Waylon” (A-Blake Records)
Modern day outlaw sounds at it’s best. Cassidy’s vocals really seem to hit their stride on the chorus, which has a definite sing-a-long quality!
What do you think? What songs do you like, which ones do you not like?