The Weekly Single Recap: The Week Of July 5, 2013: New songs from George Strait, The Henningsens, Bush Hawg, Blake Shelton & More

This week’s collection of songs includes new singles from George Strait, Blake Shelton, The Henningsens, Ashton Shepherd, and the likely new singles from John Karl and Lonestar along with Chuck Dauphin’s thoughts 4 other tracks, including the Dee Jay Silver Carrie Underwood/Dolly Parton Mash-up.

Ashton Shepherd – “This Is America” (Pickin’ Shed Records):

Normally, songs that name check the red, white, and blue seem a little forced to me. However, I love Shepherd’s lyrics about Americans sticking together when the enemy strikes, and there’s something about a female with a high twang factor!

Carrie Underwood/Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs / Jolene (Dee Jay Silver Remix)” (Sony Nashville) 

I may be a bit old school to go for each of these remixes, but these songs kind of are tied together, so it does make a good fit.

Blake Shelton – “Mine Would Be You” (Warner Brothers Nashville):

To go from “Boys ‘Round Here” to this shows a lot of versatility. Thought this was the best song on the album when it came out…and still do!

George Strait – “I Believe” (MCA Nashville):

It’s George Strait. It’s heartfelt. And, I love the message though there are stronger songs on Love Is Everything.

David Shelby – “Kick A Little Dirt Around” (independent): 

Nothing to say here.

Bush Hawg – “Crushin’” (RCA Nashville)

Sounds like Jason Aldean…

The Henningsens – “I Miss You” (Arista Nashville)

Beautiful performance from one of Country’s top new acts of 2013. If there’s any justice, this should be a number one hit!

John Karl – “Old River Road” (Spin Doctors):

Catchy. Love the acapella opening. Karl has the chops, and he gets to show it here.

Lonestar – “Life As We Know It ” (4Star/The Orchard):

Strong lyrics, and you can tell that Richie McDonald has lived each of them. A strong performance.

O’Shea – “It Never Goes Away” (Sony Australia):

Stunning. Beautiful. A throwback to the days of Wynette and Mandrell. Simply Irresistible.