Album Review: Jason Cassidy - Keep It Country

Jason Cassidy is back with his sophomore album release after 2011's My Redemption. Take a look here to see if the Texas-based artist is able to overcome the 'sophomore slump' that plagues so many artists when they get around to releasing their second albums.

There are tracks with songwriting credits belonging to Rhett Akins, Garth Brooks, Aaron Tippin, Kevin Fowler, Craig Wiseman and of course Cassidy himself. Tracks like "Take It Off" feature a Waylon backbeat (something that's obviously part of "Blame It On Waylon" as well) while "Southern Side" showcases Cassidy's strong vocal ability over a sinewy, banjo-laced melody. The steel guitar intro sets up "Cover Your Eyes" showcases a new side to Jason Cassidy with a melody that's nearly progressive rock in mood while "Nothing Holds A Memory (Like A Song)" showcases Cassidy's traditionalist bonafides with a story song about the power songs have on our memories.

If there's any song on this record (outside of "Blame It On Waylon" that could get Jason Cassidy mainstream radio airplay in 2013 it's "Damn Good Beer," a song from Craig Wiseman's platinum pen. It's moody and a mid-tempo and just the type of thing Radio likes these days. There are a couple of 80s/90s sounding Country songs with "In My Wildest Dreams," and "Sweet Memories" along with a cover of Merle Haggard's classic "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink." "You (Wedding Song)" is sweetly romantic while "Need Her More" has an atmospheric fiddle laced throughout it that helps showcase Cassidy's strong vocals.

Fans who like variety in their Country music should find something to like on Keep It Country as Jason Cassidy has managed to keep the album grounded in tradition while expanding his sound from his first album My Redemption.