Dan + Shay - “19 You + Me” (Warner Brothers Records):
Light and breezy, heavy on nostalgia, and harmony is dreamy (There’s a word you haven’t heard in a while!)
Chelsea Bain - “James Dean” (Independent):
Sultry, Bouncy. Vocal sets itself apart.
Jason Mitchell - “Stomp” (Tenacity):
Love the instrumentation. Love the vocal. Fun and different.
Jerrod Niemann - “Drink To That All Night” (Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville):
Dramatic intro holds interest. Perhaps a little too busy from a production standpoint, but if you can hold on to the chorus, it’s a fun ride!
Florida Georgia Line - “Stay” (Republic Nashville):
A little bit of a slower sound for Tyler and Brian. It works well, as it gives them a chance to show their emotional side.
Hannah Bethel - “No Where Left To Roam” (Independent):
Nice job on this one from the talented Michigan native, which gives her a chance to show what an effective vocalist she is.
Krystal Keith - “Get Your Redneck On” (Show Dog-Universal):
I have to admit that I was prepared to say ‘Another’ and go find some red dirt. But, her vocal is quite impressive here. It sounds different than you might think.
Leah Turner - “Take The Keys” (Columbia Nashville):
Gritty, soulful, and really sets herself apart from the pack on this one.
Little Big Town - “Sober” (Capitol Nashville):
Wow. Not much else I can say, other than Little Big Town is that good for a reason. Kimberly gets a chance to do lead vocals here, and her sweet voice takes full advantage.
Morgan Frazier - “Hey Bully” (Sidewalk Records):
Well written song that the newcomer performs well. You kind of get this idea this song has been lived, and she does an impressive job with it.
Rachel Farley - “Midnight Road” (RedBow Records):
Farley excels with another opportunity to show her swagger, which she does, tempered with somewhat of a vulnerable side.
Rodney Atkins - “Doin’ It Right” (CURB):
It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Atkins, and this one is, well, ok. It’s not bad, but it just sounds like everyone else. He’s capable of more- lyrically and production-wise.
Sheryl Crow - “Callin’ Me When You’re Lonely” (Green Barn/Sea Gayle/Warner Brothers):
After the success of “Easy,” Ms. Crow slows things down a touch on the second single from Feels Like Home, and she slams one out of the ballpark with this heavily emotional performance.