We’ll be giving you two recaps this week, one from last week on Monday and one for our usual Friday posting later this week.
The 10 songs featured on the Weekly Single Recap for 2/23/2015 features new tracks from newcomers like Jordyn Stoddard, Macy Martin, Sarah Dunn Band, Abi Ann and Mitch Goudy along with the latest singles from Livewire Logan Mize, Montgomery Gentry, Ashley Monroe, and Gary Allan!
Mitch Goudy - My Girl’s Hand (Third Floor Records)
The rising young singer/songwriter showcases that he could become the mainstream Michael Buble if he wants to. His songwriting chops are also on display on this self-written song. If anything’s wrong with “My Girl’s Hand,” it’s that Goudy could use a different producer as the mix isn’t as strong as it could be (which could be the only drawback to the otherwise strong single).
Logan Mize - “Can’t Get Away From A Good Time” (Arista Nashville) *
After being a sizable hit on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” (where it started as a Highway Find last summer), this song is finally ready for the big time of mainstream radio where the charming singer and song are ready to explode on the airwaves. No way this isn’t breakout hit.
Macy Martin - “Back To Reality” (GTR) *
This teen has the kind of ear worm uptempo ballad that any artist would kill for. This one SHOULD be a SiriusXM “Highway Find” and a bigger hit from there. Serious talent as both a Sara Evans-like vocalist and as a songwriter of note. Kent Wells’ production is spot on with this one.
Abi Ann - “Future Ex Boyfriend” (One Country Records) **
The talented teenager vocalist showcases attitude to spare on this fiddle-laced rocker. Imagine what a countrified young Pat Benatar would sound like and you’ve got a great idea about what her potential can be.
Sarah Dunn Band - “Bye Bye” (Audacity Records) *
Dunn and company are very talented and the single is very good. The fiddle-laced tune has all the attitude you want out of a song (written by fellow artist Amber Hayes) and Dunn’s chops are apparent. Still don’t know if radio will play the socks off this one though.
Montgomery Gentry - “Folks Like Us” (Blaster Records) *
It’s a little “My Town,” It’s a little “Where I Come From” and it’s a little “Hillbilly Shoes.” In other words, it’s exactly what people love about Montgomery Gentry. While they may be past the instant Top 10 hit status as a veteran act, the duo should at least score another Top 40 or better hit with this Michael Knox-produced, well-written and instantly-relatable single.
LiveWire - “Quit You” (Way Out West Records) **
Country to the core yet still contemporary, “Quit You” is the kind of song that is instantly likable. The band gets better with each and every single they release and lead vocalist Andy Eustler remains one of the better country vocalists in the entire genre
Ashley Monroe - “On To Something Good” (Warner Bros. Nashville) *
After making a strong debut album that landed at the top of numerous best-of lists in 2013 (including ours), Ashley Monroe’s definitely on to something good with her lead single from her upcoming album for Warner Bros. Nashville. Quite simply, “On To Something Good” is both traditional enough to keep Ashley Monroe’s fans happy and and contemporary enough to grab radio programmer attention with this very likable track.
Gary Allan - “Hangover Tonight” (MCA Nashville) *
There may not be a cooler vocalist in all of country music. Gary Allan just makes cool records and “Hangover Tonight” is nothing different. Working with younger writers like Jesse Frashure and Cary Barlowe ensures that Allan keeps his finger on the pulse of what’s current and adding fellow co-writer Chris Stapleton to background vocals only helps the song keep a cool vibe. Should a big hit for Gary.
Jordyn Stoddard - “Like Me ’Til You Love Me” (J Stodd Records)
This indie singer songwriter may have a thinner voice than other newcomers on this recap but she does recall Taylor Swift in places and the tight song craft of this single (it was written by Eric Paslay, Chris Wallin and Matt Nolan) helps her as well. Add strong production from David Hall and you have a potential break-out single.
Note for Radio and industry pros: Tracks with an * can be found on CDX 612. Tracks with ** can be found on CDX 611.