Gary Allan looks to follow-up “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” with “Pieces” while Maggie Rose looks to top her Top 20 debut “I Ain’t Your Mama” with a powerful single in “Better.” Jon Pardi also hopes to break out with his sophomore single while we have debuts from Jason Charles Miller, Ricky Young and The X Factor winning Tate Stevens’ debut. As always, Radio DJ and top writer Chuck Dauphin gives his honest thoughts and feelings about each of the 10 tracks here!
Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift – “Highway Don’t Care” (Big Machine Records):
This song flows well, with winning performances from two of the format’s top vocalists…and oh, yeah, that guitar player is pretty good. Infectious. That describes it!
Jason Aldean – “1994″ (Broken Bow Records)
A R&B/HipHop tribute to Joe Diffie. Though that description might cause some to a double take, Aldean makes it work, and it is very well-written (Thomas Rhett, Barry Dean & Luke Laird) salute to one of the 90s top hitmakers.
Jason Charles Miller – “The Way You Still Want Me” (Render Records)
Tries for the ‘Country Boy with Attitude’ card. Song doesn’t hit me, but vocally, he’s got some spunk.
Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie, & Aaron Tippin – “All In The Same Boat” (Big Hit Records)
A rollicking number that pairs three of Country Music’s most distinctive song stylists. It’s all for fun, and all three gentlemen are in the zone.
Maggie Rose – “Better” (RPM Entertainment)
Steel licks add just the right amount of anguish to start this song, and Rose’s vocal is fueled by a layer of vulnerability that makes the song work.
Gary Allan – “Pieces” (MCA Nashville)
Gary Allan is one artist that definitely has his own sound, and this record lives up to that promise from the beginning. Another trip to the top!
Ricky Young – “Could You Love Me Again” (Independent)
Very rock influenced vocal. The song sounds more like an AOR title rather than a Country one, but the vocal is there. I look forward to hearing more!
Billy Dean – “I Can’t Leave A Good Thing” (Rainman Records/Flying Island)
Billy Dean returns to the world of radio with a song that sounds like it could fit quite nicely with his run of hits in the 1990s. Record has a ton of bounce, and some tasty fiddle licks.
Jon Pardi – “Up All Night” (Capitol Nashville)
Should fit right in at radio, with it’s demographic-driven lyrics and tempo.
Tate Stevens – The Power Of A Love Song (Syco/RCA Nashville)
The record of the week. “The X Factor” winner releases a single that oozes passion and power. Lyrics are incredibly touching. It sounds like he has been waiting for this one all his life….That’s right, he has!
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